Wednesday December 19, 2007

LSA 2008

It's that time of year again—time to organize the fourth (!) annual language-blogger get-together at the upcoming LSA meeting in Chicago.  In previous years, we've had trouble finding a time that works for everybody, though we do seem to end up with a pretty big group nonetheless.  I think Grant Barrett's suggestion from last year—that we pick a corner of the hotel bar, designate it The Spot, and meet there casually as we're available in the evenings—worked out great, so I'll try to scout out a good spot again this year.

Do we want to get ambitious and try to schedule a dinner?  It'll be hard.  Thursday not everyone will be there, Friday is the business meeting and the grad student social, and Saturday is the conference reception.  Furthermore, the ADS Word of the Year vote is on Friday.  What say you all?

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I'll do my best to see everyone this year, since ADS duties have kept me over-busy two years in a row. Meet-ups let me tick off a whole bunch of names on my blogger-birding life list. But I think I'm going to have to go to the UK to get Lynne Murphy, who is is the "big get" on my list (not "big git"!).

Posted by: Grant Barrett at Dec 19, 2007 5:52:48 AM

Do we know that not everyone will be there on Thursday? There seems to be more stuff on thursday afternoon this year.

Posted by: Claire at Dec 20, 2007 5:32:14 AM

That sounds fine to me, though I will indeed be there all day every day of the conference.

Posted by: Russell at Dec 20, 2007 6:43:33 PM

Are we allowed to come even if we're only really really occasional in our posting?

Posted by: Lance at Dec 22, 2007 1:18:11 AM

I'll be there on Thursday. Perhaps after the plenary symposium we could meet in the hotel bar, or do a late supper someplace if people feel like it. (The LSA website says there aren't many good places to eat nearby, but maybe there's a bad one.) Friday and Saturday nights are also fine with me, or lunch on Saturday, 11:00-12:30.

I'm happy to see really really occasional posters there. AFA I'm concerned, even people who are just thinking about linguistic blogging are welcome.

Posted by: Neal at Dec 22, 2007 9:19:25 PM

Are we allowed to come even if we're only really really occasional in our posting?

I hope so, otherwise I won't be able to attend either—note my Oct. 24 to Nov. 29 gap between posts this year, for example. In previous years, the rule has basically been, "if you've heard that we're gathering, you're invited".

It sounds like we should plan on at least drinks and maybe dinner on Thursday, at which time we can plan further. I'm fine with the hotel bar and restaurants, until and unless we find someplace else that works better.

Posted by: The Tensor at Dec 23, 2007 4:13:22 PM

Cool, see you there. I'll put a note at registration along the lines of "linguabloggers, after the plenary tonight, in the bar".

Posted by: Claire at Jan 3, 2008 2:41:32 AM

Excellent! It looks like the bar in the Hilton Chicago is called the Lakeside Green Lounge -- we'll have to ask the staff whether that's [[Lakeside Green] Lounge] or [Lakeside [Green Lounge]]. I'm reliably informed by the hotel's web site that the Lounge "by night...evolves into the hip meeting place in the South Loop for cocktails." That sounds promising, and hopefully they won't kick us out for being distinctly unhip language scientists.

Posted by: The Tensor at Jan 3, 2008 4:13:20 AM

I've just found out, a few years too late, that I was Grant Barrett's 'big get'. Awwww.....

Posted by: lynneguist at Jun 11, 2012 12:35:23 PM