Emergency BU Alert Boston University's Charles River and Medical Center Campuses will be closed all day Tuesday, January 27, 2015. When classes resume, they will resume on the regular class schedule. Whether or how classes are to be made up is at the discretion of the faculty member. Please note: Employees in essential services must report as scheduled. Essential services include, but are not limited to, University Police, Public Safety, Emergency Patient Treatment, Facilities Management and Planning, Environmental Health & Safety, University Dining Services, Mail Services, Student Health Services, Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the University Switchboard. For the very latest information, please go to BU Today at http://www.bu.edu/today and the Emergency Communications page at http://www.bu.edu/ehs/comm


Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 2015

Published: January 21st, 2015

Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 2015
Short Title: OSUCHiLL 2015

Date: 10-Apr-2015 – 11-Apr-2015
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Contact Person: Lorena Sainz-Maza Lecanda
Meeting Email: osuchill2015@gmail.com

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Portuguese (por)
Spanish (spa)

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2015

Meeting Description:

We welcome papers dealing with any theoretical aspect of Hispanic or Lusophone Linguistics including but not limited to sociolinguistics, pragmatics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, psycholinguistics, semantics and syntax. Talks will be allotted 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion, and may be given in English, Spanish or Portuguese. We also welcome papers that discuss creoles or indigenous languages of Hispanic and Lusophone countries.

Keynote Speakers:

Rena Torres Cacoullos, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Mary Beckman, The Ohio State University

Conference Organizers:

Eleni Christodulelis
Lorena Sainz-Maza Lecanda


2nd Call for Papers:

Call deadline extended: February 15, 2015

We welcome papers dealing with any theoretical aspect of Hispanic or Lusophone Linguistics including but not limited to sociolinguistics, pragmatics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, psycholinguistics, semantics and syntax. Talks will be allotted 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion, and may be given in English, Spanish or Portuguese. We also welcome papers that discuss creoles or indigenous languages of Hispanic and Lusophone countries.

Abstracts written in English, Spanish or Portuguese should be anonymous and no more than 500 words in length. Abstracts should be submitted as a .doc or .pdf file to http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/osuchill2015. Please do not put your name or any other identifying information on the abstract itself.

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6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English

Published: January 19th, 2015

Full Title: 6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English
Short Title: BICLCE6

Date: 19-Aug-2015 – 23-Aug-2015
Location: Madison, WI, USA
Contact Person: Anja Wanner
Meeting Email: biclce6@english.wisc.edu
Web Site: http://english.wisc.edu/biclce6/

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Typology

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE6)
Madison, WI
19-23 August 2015

The 6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE) will take place in August 2015, and will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The aim of the BICLCE (previously ICLCE) conference is to encourage the cross-fertilization of ideas between different frameworks and research traditions, all of which may address any aspect of the linguistics of contemporary English. Traditionally, syntax (specifically constructions), sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis are three of the focus areas of the conference.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Joan Houston Hall (The Dictionary of American Regional English, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Lars Hinrichs (University of Texas at Austin)
Mark Seidenberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Carmen Llamas (York University)
Bernd Kortmann (University of Freiburg)

Final Call for papers:

Deadline for abstract submission extended! Submit your abstract by January 31, 2015, through conference website: http://english.wisc.edu/biclce6/.

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MIT Linguistics Lunch: How to get off an island

Published: December 15th, 2014

Speaker:  Chris O’Brien
Title: How to get off an island
 Monday, December 15, 12:30-1:45pm (note special date)
“The grammar, it has been argued,  possesses strategies for bypassing syntactic islands.  Based on the selective island (SI) phenomenon, Cinque (1990) and Postal (1998) argue for a resumptive pronoun strategy for extraction from islands.   Bachrach & Katzir (2009) argue that  multiple dominance obviates islandhood, via a delayed Spellout (DS) mechanism.  We argue that both  SIs and DS islands arise from the same source, and  that DS is the sole mechanism for escaping islands in wh-movement.  Fox & Pesetsky’s (2009) implementation of DS and Johnson’s (2010) theory of movement  conspire to predict the effects of the resumptive pronoun strategy in both sharing, and non-sharing, contexts; as well as why SI effects emerge in leftward, but not rightward, movement (Postal 1998).”

This will be our last Ling-Lunch for the Fall 2014 semester. Please contact the organizers if you would like to present your work at Ling-Lunch in the Spring.

MIT Phonology Circle: Repetition Avoidance Effects in Indo-European Reduplication

Published: December 15th, 2014

Date: Dec. 15 (M)

Time: 5 – 6:30
Location: 32D-461
Speaker: Sam Zukoff
Title: Repetition Avoidance Effects in Indo-European Reduplication
Fleischhacker 2005 develops a theory of cluster-reduction under partial reduplication based on principles of perceptual similarity.  The Indo-European languages Ancient Greek, Gothic, and Sanskrit, each of which have a default CV- prefixal reduplication pattern, play significant roles in demonstrating the typology predicted by her theory.  In each of these languages, there are differences in copying patterns in reduplicative categories dependent on the sonority profile of initial clusters, generally with stop + sonorant clusters patterning with single-consonant-initial roots to the exclusion of obstruent + obstruent roots, which undergo some special treatment.

In this paper, I propose that the primary data from these languages admits also of an account based on repetition avoidance in poorly-cued contexts. The proposal hinges on the idea that local repetition of consonants is perceptually dispreferred (Walter 2007), and this dispreference is exacerbated when the second consonant lacks significant phonetic cues. Stop + sonorant sequences pattern with consonant + vowel sequences because both contexts permit significant phonetic cues to the root-initial consonant to surface, whereas fewer cues are available to the root-initial consonant in other environments.

This account yields equivalently satisfactory explanation of the basic Ancient Greek and Gothic facts, but allows for more complete coverage of the Sanskrit facts.  There are two relevant patterns that do not follow directly from a similarity-based approach: (i) root-initial s-stop clusters copy the stop, contrary to normal leftmost copying, and (ii) certain CVC roots in categories where the root vowel is deleted show a vowel change rather than reduplication.  The first type can be accommodated with Fleischhacker’s theory, but admittedly does not follow from principles of similarity.  The latter type is not discussed by Fleischhacker, and does not obviously follow from her account.  Both of these patterns can be analyzed in the repetition avoidance framework as avoidance strategies for what would be poorly-cued environments if reduplicated normally.  A pattern almost exactly equivalent to the CVC pattern in Sanskrit can be reconstructed for an earlier stage of Gothic, providing an explanation for the Germanic “Class V” preterite plurals (Sandell & Zukoff 2014).

4th Annual Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Conference

Published: December 10th, 2014

Date: 10-Apr-2015 – 11-Apr-2015
Location: Tempe, Arizona, USA
Contact Person: Steven Flanagan
Meeting Email: asulingconf@gmail.com
Web Site: http://silc-lss-dev.asu.edu/hlblc/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Portuguese (por)
Spanish (spa)

Call Deadline: 23-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

The fourth annual Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Conference offers an opportunity for graduate students of Spanish & Portuguese linguistics to share their current research.

We are pleased to host the following keynote speakers:

Dr. Scott Schwenter (Ohio State University)
Dr. Lina Lee (University of New Hampshire)
Dr. Omar Beas (Arizona State University)

Call for Papers:

The conference calls for linguistic analyses of all Spanish & Portuguese varieties, including the Iberian Peninsula, Hispanic America, the United States & Africa as well as analyses related to second language learning and teaching. Empirical, historical or theoretical studies are also welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Dialectology, Pragmatics, Language Contact, SLA & Acquisition of 3rd languages, Spanish in the US, Sociolinguistics, Historical & Comparative Linguistics, Bilingualism, Phonetics & Phonology, Syntax & Semantics, Morphology, Code-switching, Applied Linguistics, Computer Assisted Language Learning, and Online Language Learning.

Participants should send their abstracts to asulingconf@gmail.com. The subject of the email should read ”Conference Abstract.” Please include the following information in the body of the email: Title of presentation, an Abstract of the presentation (250 word max) in English, Spanish or Portuguese, Author & School, and Email address.

Presentations in Spanish, Portuguese, or English will be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of discussion & questions. The conference registration fee is $35 for accepted papers submitted before the deadline. The deadline for abstract submission is January 23, 2015, and presenters will be notified of their acceptance by January 30, 2015.

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Talk at MIT

Published: December 4th, 2014

Case, Agreement, and Hierarchies: Fitting in Inherent Case


Speaker: Heidi Klockmann (MIT/Utrecht)
Title: Case, Agreement, and Hierarchies: Fitting in Inherent Case
Thursday, December 4, 12:30-1:45pm

“In this talk, I consider the variation found in systems of case and agreement cross-linguistically, focusing specifically on languages which show accusativity or ergativity in their case or agreement. There are in principle four language types, for which it has been claimed that only three exist (cf. Bobaljik 2008): ergative case with ergative agreement (e.g. Hindi, Gojri), ergative case with accusative agreement (e.g. Nepali, Bantawa), accusative case with accusative agreement (e.g. Polish), and accusative case with ergative agreement (the gap). I present data from the case-agreement systems of these languages, as well as a discussion of the nature of structural and inherent case assignment. I propose that inherent case is actually the realization of some form of a P-head and that languages can differ in their inventory of P-headed cases. I treat these PP-cases as being generally opaque to external processes, such as agreement (see Rezac 2008), and show how this assumption can be used to model the case-agreement systems discussed here.”

Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium

Published: December 1st, 2014

Full Title: Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium
Short Title: GRAPHSY

Date: 10-Apr-2015 – 11-Apr-2015
Location: Georgetown, Washington, D.C., USA
Contact Person: Celia Zamora
Meeting Email: graphsy.georgetown@gmail.com

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

8th annual GRAPHSY (Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium)
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Georgetown University

Bridging the Gap:
Intersections, Convergences, and Dialogues
April 10-11, 2015

This year’s conference provides a forum in which to share research that bridges gaps within and between the fields of Spanish and Portuguese Literature/ & Culture and Linguistics. GRAPHSY 2015 will build on this theme by examining the ways in which research crosses physical, linguistic, and psychological divides. These breaches can be geographical or ideological, gaps in our knowledge or students’ knowledge, or areas of research that have not been fully explored. We aim to narrow gaps in our knowledge and form connections between individual disciplines.

Call for Papers:

Deadline: January 31, 2015

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University welcomes submissions for the 8th annual Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY) within the theme Bridging the Gap: Intersections, Convergences, and Dialogues. We invite presentations that explore connections between domains of literature and linguistics, create links between various fields, and foster interdisciplinary exchange.

We welcome presentations and works in progress related to, but not limited to the following topics:


- Dialogue between the past and present through rewrites and/or adaptation
- (Post)colonial (re-)readings
- Visual and performing arts and their challenges to writing
- Pop culture in dialogue with the canon
- Tensions in Latin American and/or Peninsular Literature
- The Transatlantic focus as a space for negotiation and change
- Post-national literatures
- Cultural representation in film
- Travel literature
- The study/strengths/challenges of translation
- Narratives of social justice


- Bilingualism / Multilingualism
- Language and technology
- Acquisition (L1, L2, L3, etc.)
- Connections between research and pedagogy
- Languages and immersion/study abroad
- Cognitive linguistics / Psycholinguistics
- Heritage languages
- Linguistic policy and practice
- Language contact and negotiation between languages and culture
- Theoretical linguistics
- Discourse analysis
- Historical linguistics

Please send a 250-word abstract (as a PDF or Word doc attachment) by January 31, 2015 to graphsy.georgetown@gmail.com. Indicate in the subject line whether the proposal is for Linguistics or Literature. Abstracts may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese or English.

In the body of your email, please include the following information:

- Full name
- Academic title
- University affiliation
- Contact information (Email)
- If the proposal is for Linguistics or Literature and a few keywords (e.g., LINGUISTICS: L2 Spanish phonology; study abroad; motivation)

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Symposium About Language Society—Austin

Published: November 24th, 2014

Symposium About Language Society—Austin
Short Title: SALSA

Date: 17-Apr-2015 – 18-Apr-2015
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Contact Person: Deina Rabie
Meeting Email: salsautaustin@gmail.com
Web Site: http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/salsa/

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Translation

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2015

Meeting Description:


Language and Borders

April 17-18, 2015

University of Texas at Austin

SALSA is an annual symposium promoting linguistic and sociolinguistic research at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally created through the joint efforts of students from the Linguistic and Anthropology Departments at the University of Texas, SALSA has developed into an interdisciplinary conference with contributions from various fields, including communication studies, foreign language education, educational psychology, media studies, speech communication, and numerous language departments. Our annual proceedings appear in special editions of Texas Linguistic Forum.

This year’s theme is Language and Borders. Language is intimately connected with human existence, and as such, is found at the borders of all areas of human interaction, and even at the borders of what it means to be human. What sorts of borders exist among people, places and institutions? What are the forces and ideological underpinnings that shape and sustain the existence of such borders? How is language related to the bounds of human endeavor? What defines the boundaries of language itself? SALSA XXIII will explore these questions from a variety of viewpoints.

This year’s presenters will be:

Salikoko S. Mufwene
University of Chicago

Robin Queen
University of Michigan

Anthony C. Woodbury
University of Texas at Austin

David Quinto-Pozos
University of Texas at Austin

Call for Papers:

We welcome papers from all disciplines; potential topics might fall under the following areas:

- Language and law, politics, or economics
- Access and issues in interpretation
- Dialectology and standardization
- Bi-/mulitlingualism
- Pidginization and creolization
- Language ideologies, identity, and human rights
- Language and the arts, sciences, and technology
- Language and cognition
- Languages in contact
- Language shift and loss
- Language preservation, documentation, and revitalization

Of course, topics are not restricted to those listed, but are merely meant to serve as guideposts. Please feel free to submit papers related to this year’s theme.

Submission Guideline:

The deadline for abstract submission is February 15, 2015. Late submissions will not be accepted. Papers which are to be published elsewhere cannot be accepted. Please send abstracts to salsautaustin@gmail.com. Subject: SALSA XXIII Abstract

Please include the following information with your submission:

- Title of the paper
- Author’s name (if more than one author, list primary author first followed by subsequent authors)
- Author’s affiliation
- E-mail address at which author prefers to be contacted
- One extended abstract no longer than 600 words, including references and examples
- One brief abstract for publication in the program, not to exceed 150 words.

For more information, see http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/salsa/


Conference presented by the SALSA Graduate Student Organization at UT Austin.

Eric Adell (Linguistics) – adell@utexas.edu
Deina Rabie (Anthropology) – drabie@utexas.edu
Laura Faircloth (Linguistics) – laura.faircloth1693@gmail.com

University of Texas at Austin
Department of Linguistics
College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA) 4.304
Phone: (512) 471-1701
Email: salsautaustin@gmail.com

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Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture

Published: November 24th, 2014

Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture
Short Title: CLLC

Date: 09-Apr-2015 – 11-Apr-2015
Location: Fairfax, VA, USA
Contact Person: Kevin Martin
Meeting Email: kevin@viu.edu
Web Site: http://cllc.viu.edu/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 05-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

The School of Education at Virginia International University invites your proposals for the 2015 Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture: Next-Generation Assessment to be held April 9-11, 2015 on VIU’s new campus in Fairfax, VA

The 2015 theme, Next-Generation Assessment, intends to frame assessment in terms of its ability to meet the needs and achieve the goals of all stakeholders: empowering students with awareness of their strengths and areas for development; giving educators additional diagnostic information and tools to adapt their instruction; and providing administrators, testing organizations, policy makers, and community members with rigorous data on outcomes that can be used to improve educational programs. Through the sharing of best practices and emerging trends, the goal is to begin a solutions-oriented dialogue on the next generation of innovations in assessment by acknowledging the interplay among a variety of factors related to language, learning, and culture.

Plenary Speakers:

We are honored to announce that three prominent experts in the field of language assessment have agreed to give plenary addresses this year:

- Dr. Robert Mislevy
Frederic M. Lord Chair in Measurement and Statistics at the Educational Testing Service
Professor Emeritus of Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation at the University of Maryland, College Park

- Dr. Margaret Malone
Associate Vice President for World Languages and International Programs at the Center for Applied Linguistics
Co-Director of the National Capital Language Resource Center

- Dr. Paula Winke
Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching at Michigan State University
President of the Midwest Association of Language Testers


Questions about the conference can be directed to Kevin Martin, Director of the School of Education, at kevin@viu.edu.

For more information on the School of Education, our programs, and the variety of events we host throughout the year, please visit our website at www.viu.edu/sed.

Call for Papers:

Proposals for paper and poster presentations, practice-oriented sessions and workshops, colloquia, and panel discussions are invited in the following broad areas:

- Innovations in Assessment
- Ethics, Accountability, and Education Policy
- Effective Assessment Design, Implementation, and Use

For abstract submission guidelines and more details on each of these strands, please visit our Call for Papers page: http://cllc.viu.edu/content/call-papers

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: January 5, 2015
Notification of acceptance: February 6, 2015
Early registration deadline: March 1, 2015
Regular registration deadline: April 5, 2015
Late registration: April 6-11, 2015
Conference: April 9-11, 2015

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9th International Conference on Language Teacher Education

Published: November 21st, 2014

9th International Conference on Language Teacher Education

Date: 14-May-2015 – 16-May-2015
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Contact Person: Carla Staff
Meeting Email: carla@umn.edu
Web Site: http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/LTE2015/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

The Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education welcomes proposals for papers and symposia on all aspects of the education and professional development of language teachers. Papers and symposia may report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in language teacher education.

The mission of the conference is to address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in all the many national and international contexts in which this takes place, including: English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction; foreign/modern/world language teaching; bilingual education; immersion education; indigenous and minority language education; and the teaching of less commonly taught languages. The conference aims to bring together teacher educators from these many contexts to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings.

Featured Plenary Speakers:

- Maria Carreira, Professor, California State University, Long Beach
- Fernando Rubio, Associate Professor, University of Utah
- Angela Scarino, Associate Professor, University of South Australia
- Annela Teemant, Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Call for Papers:

The conference will focus on four broad themes, which are described below. Proposals are more likely to be accepted if they address one of these themes.

Theme I: The Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education
Theme II: Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education
Theme III: Collaborations in Language Teacher Education
Theme IV: Practices of Language Teacher Education

See detailed information about the conference themes at:


Session Types:

Symposia (2 hours): A symposium provides an opportunity for a group of individuals (typically three to five) to propose a specific issue or topic in the field of language teacher education and examine it from a variety of perspectives. Total presentation time is limited to one hour to ensure that at least half of the session engages presenters and the audience in extended dialogue.

Paper Sessions (25-minute papers): A paper involves a 25-minute presentation on a topic related to one of the four themes. Papers will be grouped thematically when possible. Grouped paper presentation sessions will include three papers followed by 45-60 minutes of questions and discussion after all of the papers have been presented.

Discussion Sessions (55 minutes): Discussion Sessions address a topic best pursued through extended dialogue among participants. These sessions will begin with a short (10 minute) informal presentation; the remaining time will be devoted to discussion moderated by the presenter/facilitator. Discussion sessions are given in small-group settings.

Submission Guidelines:

-All proposals should be appropriate for an audience of language teacher educators (not language teachers) and fit within one of the four themes listed above.
-You will need a 400-word (maximum) abstract of your paper, session, or symposium.
-You will also need a 50-word summary for the printed program.
-Study the paper review criteria: http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/LTE2015/review_criteria.html
-Lead presenters will be responsible for contacting all co-presenters with information concerning the conference and presentations.
-For symposia or presentations with more than 1 presenter, please include the contact information for all presenters even though information regarding the proposal will only be sent to the first (lead) presenter listed.

Submit your session proposal online: http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/LTE2015/call.html

Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015

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