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Conference | Workshops, masterclass and keynote lecture

Historical Sociolinguistics Young Researchers Forum

Friday 31 March 2023 - Saturday 1 April 2023
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

HSYRF is back! The Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN), as sponsored by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) as part of its Historical Sociolinguistics Research and Training Program, is proud to announce a brand new edition of the Historical Sociolinguistics Young Researchers Forum (HSYRF).

This yearly event is aimed at early career researchers – MA and PhD students, postdocs, and other young (at heart) researchers –, offering a mix of lectures, classes and hands-on workshops on various topics relevant to anyone interested in historical sociolinguistics or language history more generally.

HSYRF comprises two workshops, a masterclass and a keynote lecture (the “Bad Data Lecture”). Participants choose one of the workshops. The masterclass and the keynote lecture are plenary events.

Previous editions: 2018 Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2019 Leiden University, 2020 Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2021 Online edition, 2022 Cancelled due to Covid.


Friday 31 March

9:00-9:30 Coffee/tea, opening and welcome  

Workshops – part one 

Participants choose one six-hour workshop, which will be taught in two blocks of three hours on Friday and Saturday morning. The two workshops offered are:

Nicola McLelland (University of Nottingham)

-Grammars, dictionaries, and other normative sources in historical sociolinguistic research 


Gert De Sutter (Ghent University)

- A gentle introduction to categorical data analysis for historical sociolinguistics 

Rooms: TBA
12:30-14:00 Lunch  


Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto)

Sociolinguistic Archaeology. The study of language change in community context  

Room: TBA
16:45:17:15 Coffee/tea  

Bad Data Lecture

Miriam Meyerhoff (University of Oxford)

Vestiges of variation and rates of change


Dinner (at own expense) and social event



Saturday 1 april

9:00-9:30 Coffee/tea  

Workshops – part two

Rooms: TBA


View abstracts.


Registration includes tuition, coffee breaks, lunch on Friday, and the social event on Friday evening. The fee for participation is € 40.

Since there is only room for 40 participants, applications will be treated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, taking also into account research interests. Follow the link to get to the registration form.When we have received and reviewed your application, we will send you a Paylogic link.

The deadline for registration is 15 February 2023.

HSYRF is funded by Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Dutch Research Council (NWO), Historical Sociolinguistics Research and Training Program, FWO-Vlaanderen.

Find us on the Sociolinguistic Events Calendar: https://baal.org.uk/slxevents/.

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