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Linguistics Conferences


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How to find out about upcoming conferences
General (theoretical) linguistics conferences
Specialized conferences for particular subfields


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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General (theoretical) linguistics conferences

Major conferences, with wide participation

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

    The conferences listed in this category 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

CLS | Chicago Linguistic Society (info) (+)

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

GLOW | Generative Linguistics in the Old World (info)

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

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

  • Conference happens: Early January
  • Abstracts due: Summer — currently June 25, 2020
  • Comments: Large audience; good exposure for job-seekers

NELS | North East Linguistics Society (2020) (+)

  • Conference happens: Fall (October/November)
  • Abstracts due: Spring/summer — extended to June 8, 2020

WCCFL | West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (2020) (+)

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

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Smaller regional conferences

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

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

ALC | Arizona Linguistics Circle (info) (2020)

  • Conference happens: Fall/Winter
  • Abstracts due: Summer/Fall — extended to July 27, 2020

FLYM | Florida Linguistics Yearly Meeting (2020)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Winter

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

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Fall/winter
  • Comments: Grants 4 student travel awards

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

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Spring/summer — currently June 15, 2020
  • Comments: Focus is on languages in the southwestern US and Mexico, and maybe on (new) empirical data rather than theoretical work

LCUGA | Linguistics Conference at U. Georgia (info) (+)

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Summer

NWLC | Northwest Linguistics Conference (2020) (+)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Winter

PLC | Penn Linguistics Conference (info) (+)

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

SECOL | Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (info) (2020) (+)

  • 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: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Fall

UALC | University of Alabama Languages Conference (info)

  • Conference happens: Winter
  • Abstracts due: Fall

WECOL | Western Conference on Linguistics (2019)

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

WIGL | Workshop in Generative Linguistics (U Wisc) (info) (2020)

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

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Specialized conferences for particular subfields

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

    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. Some of these conferences are extremely competitive.

Computational linguistics

NAACL | North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (2019)

  • Conference happens: Summer
  • Abstracts due: Winter

SCiL | Society for Computation in Linguistics (info)

  • Conference happens: Early January (with LSA)
  • Abstracts due: Summer

Forensic linguistics

Forensic Linguistics Conference (2019)

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Spring

Heritage-language linguistics

Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas (WILA) (info)

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Summer — currently July 1, 2020

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 (2019)

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

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 Symposium (2015)

  • Conference happens: Summer
  • Abstracts due: Winter

GALA | Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (2019)

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

GALANA | Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition / North America (2020) (+)

  • Conference happens: Summer/fall, every two years
  • Abstracts due: Spring

IASCL | International Association for the Study of Child Language (2020) (+)

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

ICPC | International Child Phonology Conference (2020)

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

Morphology

AIMM | American International Morphology Meeting (2019)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Winter

IMM | International Morphology Meeting (2016)

  • Conference happens: Spring/Summer, every two years
  • Abstracts due: Summer/Fall

Phonetics/phonology

AMP | Annual Meeting on Phonology (2020) (+)

  • Conference happens: Fall (September/October)
  • Abstracts due: Spring

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

ETAP | Experimental and Theoretical Approaches to Prosody (2018)

  • Conference happens: Spring (every two years?)
  • Abstracts due: Fall

ICPhS | International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (2019)

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

LabPhon | Conference on Laboratory Phonology (2020)

  • Conference happens: Spring, even-numbered years
  • Abstracts due: Fall/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 (2016) (+)

  • Conference happens: Spring (May), every two years
  • Abstracts due: Winter

OCP | Old World Conference in Phonology (2021) (+)

  • Conference happens: Winter (January/February)
  • Abstracts due: Fall — span class=”hlight”>currently September 15, 2020

Psycholinguistics

CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (2020)

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

Second language acquisition and pedagogy

GASLA | Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (2017)

  • Conference happens: Spring
  • Abstracts due: Fall

SLA Graduate Student Symposium (2014)

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

SLRF | Second Language Research Forum (2019) (+)

  • Conference happens: Fall
  • Abstracts due: Spring

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

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

Semantics

SALT | Semantics And Linguistic Theory (2020)

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

SULA | Semantics of Underrepresented Languages of the Americas (2020)

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

Sociolinguistics and Pidgin/Creole Linguistics

FWAV | Formal Ways of Analyzing Variation (2017)

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

NWAV | New Ways of Analyzing Variation (2020) (+)

  • 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, winter

Conferences on particular languages or language groups

    This 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 (info) (2020) (+)
  • NACAL | N Atlantic Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (info) (2019)

Arabic

  • ASAL | Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics (2020) (info)

Asian and Pacific languages

  • AFLA | Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (2020)
  • FAJL | Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics (2016)
  • FASAL | Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages (2020)
  • ICKL | International Conference on Korean Linguistics (info)
  • J/K | Japanese/Korean Linguistics (2020)
  • NACCL | North American Conf. on Chinese Linguistics (2020)
  • SEALS | Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (2020)
  • WAFL | Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (postponed to 2021)
  • WEAL | Workshop on East Asian Languages (info)

Celtic languages

  • Celtic Linguistics Conference (2018)
  • CSANA | Celtic Studies Association of North America (2011)

Germanic languages

  • CGSW | Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (2015)
  • DGfS | German Linguistic Society (info)
  • GLAC | Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (info) (2019)

Indigenous languages of the Americas

  • SAIL | Symposium on American Indian Languages (info) (2019)
  • SSILA| Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (info)
  • SULA | Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas — see above under ‘Semantics’
  • WSCLA | Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (2019)
  • WAIL | Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (info)

Romance languages

  • Going Romance — Symposium on Romance Linguistics (info) — abstracts now July 14, 2020
  • HLS | Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (2019)
  • LSRL | Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (2020)
  • SIUS | Spanish in the United States (2019) (+)
  • SLINKI | Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina (2020) (+)

Slavic languages

  • FASL | Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (2020)
  • SLS | Slavic Linguistics Society (info)

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