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Call for Abstracts

The Boise State University linguistics program will be hosting the Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL) on October 20-22, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (with 10 minutes for discussion) or poster presentations on any aspect of theoretical, experimental, documentary, applied, or computational linguistics. Abstracts addressing issues related to displacement and language are especially welcome. Abstracts are no longer being accepted.

Invited Speakers:

Martha Bigelow (University of Minnesota)
Christine Sims (University of New Mexico and Linguistics Institute for Native Americans)

In addition to the general conference sessions, we will be hosting two special sessions during this year’s conference:

Special Session 1: Language and Displacement

Displacement, or forced migration, can manifest in myriad ways including the removal of peoples 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. More broadly, generational, social, ecological, and cultural displacement can also impact identity and community. The effects of displacement on language may be devastating. We are seeking abstracts addressing issues of language and displacement as can be seen through studies of:

  • language and identity
  • language documentation and revitalization
  • ethnographic accounts
  • community and civic engagement
  • language education

Special Session 2: Undergraduate Research

We would like to extend a special invitation to undergraduate students interested in submitting abstracts for paper or poster presentations in any sub-field of linguistics. We will be hosting a professional development pre-conference workshop as well as several social activities for undergraduate attendees during.

Abstract submission instructions:

Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author. All abstracts should be in English, and submitted in PDF format via Easy Chair at: (free account required). Abstracts should be limited to one page (using 1-inch margins on all sides and 11pt font size) with an optional additional page containing examples and references. Non-standard fonts and software should be avoided and all fonts should be embedded in the PDF document. The papers presented at WECOL 2017 will be eligible for publication in the official proceedings of the conference.