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AACL 2011 - American Association for Corpus Linguistics Conference



 The 10th Conference for the American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL) will be held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, USA, on October 7-9, 2011.

Conference Venue: The Loudermilk Center in Downtown Atlanta

Contact Information:
AACL 2011 Organizing Committee
PO Box 4099
Atlanta, GA, 30302
(404) 413-5195 or (404) 413-5186

Conference e-mail:


Previous AA(A)CL conferences: University of Alberta (2009), Brigham Young University (2008), Northern Arizona University (2006, 2000), University of Michigan (2005, 1999), Montclair State University (2004), IUPUI (2002), and University of Massachusetts at Boston (2001)

Important Dates:

  • February 15, 2011: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • April 15, 2011: Notification of decisions on abstracts
  • July 15, 2011: Early registration begins
  • August 1, 2011: Tentative program schedule will be sent
  • August 31, 2011: Early registration closes
  • September 1 to October 6, 2011: Regular registration period
  • October 7-9, 2011: Conference

Plenary Speakers 
Paul Baker Paul Baker, Lancaster University

Has American English gotten any different? Using the Brown family to track diachronic change in American (and British) English

This study introduces the AE06 corpus, a one million word corpus of standard written American English from 2006, created recently at Lancaster University. AE06 is the newest member of the Brown family of reference corpora, which contains versions in British and American English (using the same sampling frame) from a range of time periods over the last 100 years. The talk considers the pros and cons of building and comparing small reference corpora and then describes the collection of the AE06 corpus, as well as comparing it to the other corpora in the Brown family. First I consider which words have a) increased b) decreased and c) remained fairly stable in frequency when comparing AE06 to comparable American corpora from the 1960s and 1990s. Second, I compare the AE06 to its British equivalent BE06 in order to determine lexical and cultural keywords between the two varieties. I consider whether findings from the studies carried out by Leech and Fallon on the 1960s Am/Br corpora and Oakes on the 1990s corpora continue to hold for the 2000s.
Is American English still differentiated from British English as 'masculine to the point of machismo, militaristic, dynamic and actuated by high ideals, driven by technology, activity and enterprise' (Leech and Fallon 1992: 44)? Finally, I ask whether spelling preferences in words like colour/color and got/gotten continue to prevail as marked ways in which American and British English are distinguished, or whether one variety's spelling preferences appears to be more influential.


 Eniko Csomay

Eniko Csomay, San Diego State University  


Classroom discourse analysis with corpus linguistics: How much more do we know?


Since the first discussions of classroom discourse in the 1970s, researchers have carried out detailed descriptions of particular aspects of that context. These studies provide in-depth analyses of a few texts as they explore the structure of discourse or describe how the participants engage in dialogues in the classroom. This presentation introduces new, corpus-based approaches to classroom discourse analysis. A series of studies that investigate aspects of classroom discourse (e.g., discourse structure, the participants' linguistic characteristics) will be discussed for their research questions, analytical tools, and findings. These studies also illustrate what more we can know about classroom discourse due to the application of corpus-based techniques to the analysis. Finally, the presentation highlights future directions to expand research within and beyond the classroom context and the language of
its participating members. 

 Randi Reppen

Randi Reppen, Northern Arizona University


Using corpora for pedagogy: Does it make a difference? 

Over the last several years there has been an increased interest in using corpora and/or corpus research for pedagogical purposes.  Like other innovations, this has received a lot of hype. This presentation explores some of the hype, and presents the results of a systematic look at corpus-based textbooks and traditional textbooks for vocabulary and grammar instruction.  A set of traditional and corpus-based textbooks are compared at two levels.  First, at a global level to identify the material covered and the scope of presentation. Second, specific vocabulary and grammar topics are examined across the two sets of textbooks to see how the grammar and vocabulary topics are dealt with in these two approaches.  


Conference Registration 




July 15 – August 31



September 1 – October 6



At conference



Note: The registration fee includes lunches and beverages for the three-day conference and cocktails for the opening reception on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm. We follow approximately the same conference rates/fees from the last two AACL conferences (2008, Brigham Young University; and 2009, University of Alberta).


Please use this link to register and pay by credit card through GSU's secured payment site. If you are unable to pay by credit card, you can pay by check at the conference, at the rates noted above.  

Procedure for cancellations: Please notify us <> in writing via e-mail no later than two weeks before the start of the conference.

Conference Venue: The Loudermilk Center, Downtown Atlanta



Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia, The Loudermilk Center is conveniently accessed from all points in Metro Atlanta via I-75 and I-20. Loudermilk Center is within close proximity to the Georgia State Capitol, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, and major corporations and public agencies in the downtown Atlanta corridor. United Way of Atlanta, an important partner of the Center, is located across the street. Additionally, the Atlanta MARTA Peachtree Center Station, Atlanta’s rapid rail and bus system is walking distance away. Hartsfield International Airport is less than 15 miles from The Loudermilk Center. 

Travel and Accommodation 

Travel to Atlanta: The Loudermilk Center, Georgia State University, and recommended hotels (see below) are located in Downtown Atlanta and are easily accessible from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Use MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) Rail Service from the airport to FIVE POINTS or PEACHTREE CENTER (approximately 20 minutes travel time to Downtown) stations to get to your hotel or the conference venue. Taxi and shuttle services to your hotel are also available.


Driving directions to The Loudermilk Center are available here:

Hotels for AACL 2011

Here are some hotel options near the conference venue. The main criteria for selecting these hotels included price, proximity to The Loudermilk Center and/or a MARTA stop, and overall rating.  All hotels listed below are within one mile walking distance to the venue. 


Holiday Inn Hotel Atlanta  Special conference rate $84

101 Andrew Young Intl Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 0.3 mi NW

(404) 524-5555 ‎


When you select October 6-9,  2011, follow the prompts to access GSU the rate here:


The Ellis Hotel    Special Loudermilk Rate $141

176 Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 0.2 mi N

(404) 523-5155 ‎ ·


Sheraton Hotel    Special Loudermilk Rate $119.00

165 Courtland St.                                                                     

Atlanta, GA 30303                                                                           

Phone: 404-659-6500

Toll free: 800-833-8624


Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown Special Loudermilk Rate $121

134 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 0.1 mi N

(404) 522-0950 ‎ ·


Omni Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA 0.4 mi NW

(404) 659-0000 ‎ ·


Quality Hotel Downtown

89 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA 0.1 mi NW

(404) 524-0672 (Fax) ‎ ·


The Westin Peachtree Plaza

210 Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 0.2 mi N

(404) 659-1400 ‎ ·


The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta Hotel

181 Peachtree Street, Northeast, Atlanta, GA 0.2 mi N

(404) 659-0400 ‎ ·


Glenn Hotel Downtown Atlanta Georgia

110 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 0.3 mi W

(404) 521-2250 ‎ ·


Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta-Downtown

161 Spring Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 0.2 mi N

(404) 589-1111 ‎ ·


Days Inn Atlanta Downtown

300 Spring Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 0.5 mi N

(404) 523-1144 ‎ ·


Embassy Suites Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park

267 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA 0.6 mi NW

(404) 223-2300 ‎ · 

What to do in Atlanta  

As the gateway to the New South, Atlanta has certainly come a long way since it burned to the ground during General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864. And while remains of the Civil War are still a big draw for visitors, the 
Kennesaw Mountain/National Battlefield Park and Cheatham Hill specifically, there is much more to this great city than 150 year old confrontations. Atlanta hosts the world's largest aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola museum, a world-class zoo, and an impressive botanical garden. Federal parks highlighting the life and works of native son Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as reinvigorated neighborhoods scattered throughout the city is what makes Atlanta unique. Places like Virginia Highlands, Midtown, and Buckhead, are easy to navigate on foot and have great shopping, dining and nightlife. Progressive, yet rich in history, Atlanta truly has something for everyone.  

 10 popular Atlanta tourist attractions


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