Conference Resources for Linguistics


I. How to find out about upcoming conferences

One excellent resource is the LINGUIST List [www.linguistlist.org].

Another useful resource is the Cascadilla Proceedings Project, which gives free online access to the proceedings papers from several conferences.

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II. Some conferences to know about

(+) indicates conferences where UNC students have presented papers or posters.

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A. General (theoretical) linguistics — many subfields

(1) Major conferences, with wide participation

Other than the LSA, the conferences listed in this category all have a published conference proceedings. If your abstract is accepted as a conference talk, your paper will also be included in the proceedings — so you end up with both a presentation and a publication. Proceedings papers are usually due several months after the conference takes place, and they often have a limit of about 12 pages.The conferences in this category tend to be pretty competitive, but they are also prestigious. This means that they are likely to attract a lot of good linguists in the audience (who can give you useful comments on your work), and they are particularly nice to have on your CV.

BLS | Berkeley Linguistics Society (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Spring (February)
  • Abstracts due: Fall — currently October 31, 2014

CLS | Chicago Linguistic Society (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Spring (April)
  • Abstracts due: Fall/winter

GLOW | Generative Linguistics in the Old World (2015) (info)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Fall/winter — currently December 1, 2014

LSA | Linguistic Society of America (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Early January
  • Abstracts due: Summer
  • Comments: Large audience; good exposure for job-seekers; no proceedings is published

NELS | North East Linguistics Society (2014) (+)

  • Conference happens: Fall (October/November)
  • Abstracts due: Summer

WCCFL | West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (2015) (+)

  • Conference happens: Spring (March/April)
  • Abstracts due: Fall/Winter –currently October 21, 2014

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(2) Smaller regional conferences

Some of the conferences listed in this category also have a published conference proceedings.

ALC | Arizona Linguistics Circle (info)

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Summer

FLYM | Florida Linguistics Yearly Meeting (info)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Winter

ILLS | Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Winter
  • Comments: Grants 4 student travel awards

LASSO | Linguistics Association of the Southwest (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Spring
  • Comments: Focus is on languages in the southwestern US and Mexico, and maybe on (new) empirical data rather than theoretical work

MLS | Michigan Linguistics Society (2010) [is this conference defunct?]

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Summer/Fall

NWLC | Northwest Linguistics Conference (2014)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Fall/Winter

PLC | Penn Linguistics Colloquium (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Fall/Winter

SECOL | Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Winter
  • Comments: Student participation is encouraged; good chance to meet linguists from around the region

TLS | Texas Linguistics Society (info)

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Spring/summer

WECOL | Western Conference on Linguistics (2013)

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Summer

WIGL | Workshop in Generative Linguistics (U Wisc) (info)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Fall/winter

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B. Specialized conferences for particular subfields

Again, many of the conferences listed in this category have a published conference proceedings, but in some cases only selected papers from the conference are included in the proceedings. Also, some of these conferences are extremely competitive.

Historical linguistics / Indo-European linguistics

American Philological Association (info)

  • Conference happens: Winter (January)
  • Abstracts due: Late spring
  • Comments: For papers on any aspect of Latin or Greek

American Oriental Society (info)

  • Conference happens: Spring (March)
  • Abstracts due: Fall (Oct/Nov)
  • Comments: For historical papers on any language of Asia, from Ancient Near East to South Asia to East Asia; any theoretical approach is welcome, but paper should also be data-oriented

ICHL | International Conference on Historical Linguistics (2013)

  •  Conference happens: Summer, odd-numbered years
  • Abstracts due: Winter

UCLA Indo-European Conference (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Fall (November)
  • Abstracts due: Summer
  • Comments: Student papers encouraged; prize for best student paper

Language acquisition

BUCLD | Boston U. Conference on Language Development (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Fall (November)
  • Abstracts due: Spring

CLS | Child Language Seminar (2013)

  • Conference happens: Summer
  • Abstracts due: Winter

GALA | Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (2013)

  • Conference happens: Fall, odd-numbered years
  • Abstracts due: Spring

GALANA | Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition / North America (2012) (+)

  • Conference happens: Summer/fall, even-numbered years
  • Abstracts due: Spring

IASCL | International Association for the Study of Child Language (2014) (+)

  • Conference happens: Summer, every 3 years
  • Abstracts due: Fall

ICPC | International Child Phonology Conference (2013)

  • Conference happens: Spring/Summer
  • Abstracts due: Fall/Winter

Morphology

AIMM | American International Morphology Meeting (2013)

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Spring

IMM | International Morphology Meeting (2016)

  • Conference happens: Spring/Summer, every two years
  • Abstracts due: Summer/Fall — currently June 30, 2015

Phonetics/phonology

ASA | Acoustical Society of America (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Winter and summer
  • Abstracts due: Summer and winter
  • Comments: High acceptance rate (for posters); poster abstracts are published in JASA

ICPhS | International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (2011)

  • Conference happens: Summer, every four years
  • Abstracts due: Spring

LabPhon | Conference on Laboratory Phonology (2014)

  • Conference happens: Spring, even-numbered years
  • Abstracts due: Winter

MFM | Manchester Phonology Meeting (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Spring (May)
  • Abstracts due: Winter

MCWOP | Midcontinental Workshop on Phonology (2010)

  • Conference happens: Fall (October/November)
  • Abstracts due: Fall
  • Comments: Graduate student participation encouraged

NAPhC | North American Phonology Conference (2014) (+)

  • Conference happens: Spring (May)
  • Abstracts due: Winter

OCP | Old World Conference in Phonology (2015) (+)

  • Conference happens: Winter (January)
  • Abstracts due: Fall — currently September 15, 2014

Phonology| Annual Meeting on Phonology (2014) (+)

  • Conference happens: Fall (September)
  • Abstracts due: Summer

Psycholinguistics

CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (2014)

  • Conference happens: Spring (March)
  • Abstracts due: Fall/Winter

Second language acquisition and pedagogy

SLA Graduate Student Symposium (2014)

  • Conference happens: Spring (April)
  • Abstracts due: Winter

TALGS | TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Students Conference (info)

  • Conference happens: Spring (February)
  • Abstracts due: Fall

Semantics

SALT | Semantics And Linguistic Theory (2014)

  • Conference happens: Spring (March)
  • Abstracts due: Fall/Winter

SULA | Semantics of Underrepresented Languages of the Americas (2014)

  • Conference happens: Winter/spring, every two years
  • Abstracts due: Fall

Sociolinguistics and Pidgin/Creole Linguistics

NWAV | New Ways of Analyzing Variation (2014) (+)

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Spring

SALSA | Symposium About Language and Society–Austin (info)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Winter

SPCL | Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (info)

  • Conference happens: Winter (with LSA), summer
  • Abstracts due: Summer, spring — currently August 31, 2014

Conferences on particular languages or language groups

Here is a sampling. Be on the lookout for other conferences dedicated to the language(s) you work on.

General

  • Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (info) (+)

African and Afroasiatic languages

  • ACAL | Annual Conference on African Linguistics (2014)
  • NACAL | N Am Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (info)abstracts Nov 15, 2014

Arabic

  • Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics (2014)

Asian and Pacific languages

  • AFLA| Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (2014)
  • FAJL | Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics [every ~2 years] (2014)
  • FASAL | Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages (2014)
  • ICKL | International Conference on Korean Linguistics (info)
  • JK | Japanese/Korean Linguistics (2013)
  • NACCL | North American Conf. on Chinese Linguistics (2012)
  • SEALS | Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (2014)
  • WAFL | Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (2014)
  • WEAL | Workshop on East Asian Languages (info)

Celtic languages

  • Celtic Linguistics Conference (2014)
  • CSANA | Celtic Studies Association of North America (2011)

Germanic languages

  • CGSW | Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (2013)
  • DGfS | German Linguistic Society (2013)
  • GLAC | Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (2014)

Indigenous languages of the Americas

  • SSILA| Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (2015)
  • WSCLA | Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (2014)
  • WAIL | Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (info)

Romance languages

  • Going Romance — Symposium on Romance Linguistics (2013)
  • HLS | Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (2014)
  • LSRL | Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (2015) — abstracts Oct 25, 2014
  • SLINKI | Spanish Linguistics of North Carolina (2014) (+)

Slavic languages

  • FASL | Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (2014)
  • FDSL | European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages (2013)
  • Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics (2012)
  • Slavic Linguistics Society (info)

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C. And, there are special workshops/one-time conferences…

III. Resources for writing conference abstracts

Advice on how to write an abstract

Sample abstracts

The lighter side of abstract writing

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