We are pleased to announce the 2019 edition of the PAC conference, ‘Phonetic and phonological variation in contemporary English: Xperience / Xperimentation', due to take place from Tuesday June 4 to Wednesday June 5 2019 and hosted by the Laboratoire Parole et Langage and Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence. We shall welcome as invited guest speakers Dominic WATT, from the University of York and Emmanuel FERRAGNE from Paris Diderot University. Both have worked on varieties of English and are currently working on forensic phonetics, among other topics. The PAC programme ( gathers researchers interested in the study of variation in contemporary spoken English, adhering to a common protocol for data collection and annotation. PAC conferences have been organized since 2000 and have been willing to welcome researchers studying spoken English worldwide and from a wide variety of backgrounds. The 2019 edition of the conference will focus on « experience/experimentation », in French « l'expérience » (which is polysemic). People working in the framework of the PAC programme are used to following a field approach. The data collected within the framework of the PAC programme may easily be exploited by experimentalists as well. The idea is to open the conference to researchers working in a more experimental setting. We would like to make the link between the two domains and our guest speakers will show that the two approaches may be complementary in the study of language. Papers concerned by either field work or experimental methods or combining the two domains are welcome. A wide range of issues can be explored, matching the research axes of the PAC programme, such as, and among others, studies of English in urban contexts, analyses of prosodic variation, of L2 English or papers concerned with tools and annotation strategies. The audience will consist of colleagues and students working on spoken English corpora and the presentations are all in English. The deadline for sending a title with a one-page abstract (excluding references) is January 7, 2019.

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