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Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL) 2017

October 20 – 22, 2017
Boise, Idaho

Invited Speakers:

Martha Bigelow
(U. of Minnesota)

Christine Sims
(U. of New Mexico and Linguistics Institute for Native Americans)


  • You can now download .pdf versions of the PROGRAM and ABSTRACT BOOKLET.
  • All conference sessions will take place in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union Building (SUB) located on the corner of University and Lincoln — building is marked [1] on THIS MAP.
  • Online registration is now closed. On-site registration will be available, at the rate of $30 for students and $60 for faculty. We will only be accepting cash payments for on-site registration.
  • If you will be in town Saturday and Sunday, please fill out the forms for Saturday dinner and Sunday outings.
  • All undergraduate students attending the conference are invited to attend a professionalization workshop and mixer on Thursday, October 19th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.
    Let us whether or not you are attending the workshop. Food will be provided.


Special Sessions

Language and Displacement

Displacement, or forced migration, can manifest in myriad ways including the removal of indigenous people from their homelands, exile, and refugee resettlement, and has been shown to have traumatic effects not only on the people who are physically displaced but also on future generations.

Undergraduate Research

This year’s conference will feature podium and poster presentations from undergraduate students in linguistics in many sub-fields of linguistics. In addition to their presentations, we will be hosting a professional development session as well as several social activities, sponsored by the Boise State Linguistics Association.

We are excited that this year’s WECOL will be held in conjunction with the Friends of Uto-Aztecan Conference (FUAC)!

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For more information about linguistics @ Boise State University, click here.

Sponsored by:

Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of World Languages, Department of Computer Science, Department of Anthropology, Arts and Humanities Institute, and the Division of Research and Economic Development