Fifty years of the Survey of English Usage
ICLCE 3 Conference
SEU’s fiftieth birthday celebrations: 14 July 2009

To mark the 50th birthday of the Survey Bas Aarts, Jo Close and Geoffrey Leech organised a symposium entitled 'Current Change in the English Verb Phrase'. This symposium preceded the Third International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, which the Survey organised at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, with colleagues at Queen Mary, University of London.

The programme of the symposium was as follows:

9:00 - 9:30 Registration
9:30 - 9:45 Bas Aarts, Jo Close, and Geoffrey Leech: Welcome and introduction
9:45 - 10:15 Bas Aarts, Jo Close, and Sean Wallis: Choices over time: methodological issues in current change
10:15 - 10:45 Christopher Williams: Changes in the verb phrase in legal English
10:45 - 11:15 Alexander Bergs and Meike Pfaff: I was just reading this article: Is the present perfect of recent past on its way out?
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 12:15 Manfred Krug: Recent change and grammaticalization in constructions marking intention
12:15 - 12:45 Magnus Levin: Progressives changing in time
12:45 - 1:15 Stig Johansson: Must and have to in Time magazine 1923-2006
1:15 - 2:15 Lunch
2:15 - 2:45 José Ramón Varela Pérez: Negative and operator contraction with present tense be: A study of change in progress in spoken British English
2:45 - 3:15 Marcus Callies: The spread of bare infinitival complements in present-day English
3:15 - 3:45 David Denison: A new class of verbs taking that-clause complements
3:45 - 4:15 Coffee break
4:15 - 4:45 Geoffrey Leech and Nicholas Smith: Verb constructions over fifty+ years of written English
4:45 - 5:45 Round table/panel discussion, chaired by Geoffrey Leech
5:45 - 6:30 David Crystal: Surviving Surveying (keynote lecture)
6:30 - 8:30 Reception (Hosted by the Department of English, UCL and Oxford University Press)

New book published

A book, The Verb Phrase in English, including many papers from the Symposium and contributions from other eminent linguists, is published by Cambridge University Press. More...

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