Douglas Harper and I are pleased to announce the location of our fourth annual Etymology! conference. Appropriately dubbed WordStock IV, this highly-anticipated event will be hosted by the San Francisco Friends School. Doug and I are looking forward to spending time in northern California, and we especially relish the opportunity to study in the metro location where Pete Bowers is spending a year as a scholar-in-residence.
For the past three years, our Etymology! conferences have welcomed scholars from all over the world. Each year, we have a mixed audience of veteran word detectives and new recruits. We include an overview of the field of etymology, and then delve into specific examples in order to learn more about how the language evolves. Each year we choose a specific focus: Old Norse, Norman French, all the Latins . . .
The date is TBD, but we anticipate a late March or early April time frame. We hope you can join us!