About Us

PAC (Phonologie de l’Anglais Contemporain – Phonology of Contempary English) is an international research programme based in four French universities (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Université de Paris, Université Paris Nanterre, Université Aix-Marseille) which has several international partnerships including Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an Shaanxi, China and University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Since 2004, what started as Jacques Durand’s idea for a local team project in Toulouse has developed into a research programme with a national and international scientific community, regular international conferences and summer workshops (PAC Summer Schools), senior and junior researchers as well as PhD students.

The PAC programme has phonetic and phonological roots as its original purpose is to build phonological corpora for the study of the varieties of English spoken worldwide. It brings together students, teachers and researchers with many different fields of expertise in linguistics, which is why it has developed into 5 thematic research groups with dedicated research interests : PAC-LVTI, IPCE-IPAC, PAC-ToE, PAC-Prosody & PAC-Syntax.

Previous PAC Conferences

PAC 2019: Phonetic and phonological variation in contemporary English: Xperience-Xperimentation

PAC 2017: Phonology and interphonology of contemporary English: from native corpora to learner corpora

PAC 2015: Variation, change and spoken corpora: advances in the phonology and phonetics of contemporary English

PAC 2013: Spoken English Corpora: from annotation to interphonologies

PAC 2012: The Phonology of Contemporary English: Variation and Change

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