SECOL 2011

Terry Lynn Irons t.irons at MOREHEADSTATE.EDU
Sat Oct 16 17:51:16 UTC 2010

Below find call for SECOL 2011.  The theme is Sustainable Language and the meeting will be held at Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA.

This conference will not be the typical all day in hotel rooms conference, given the resort setting, and is not one any will want to miss!

File will be posted electronically on secol web site,
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The Southeastern Conference on Linguistics

‘Sustainable Language’

Call for Papers
SECOL LXXVIII (78) will be held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, Wednesday through Friday, April 13 – 15, 2011. The plenary speakers are expected to be Jesse Sheidlower (OED, on lexicography), and Gerard Steen (Free University Amsterdam, on metaphor). The conference theme, "Sustainable Language," recognizes the ecological initiatives of Callaway Gardens, and includes linguistic topics such as "Ecology of Language" (language in its structural and cultural settings and uses), "Endangered Languages," "Language Maintenance and Change," and "Language Archives and Collections." Questions about the venue and arrangements may be addresses to local host Bill Kretzschmar (kretzsch at .
Twenty minute papers and panels lasting 100 minutes relating to the conference theme are especially requested. Research findings in all areas of language and linguistics are welcome. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. Hard-copy submissions will be considered.
Abstracts must arrive by December 15, 2010. Send abstracts to

Dr. Megan E. Melancon
megan.melancon at

Dept. of English and Rhetoric
Georgia College and State University
CBX 044
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Fax: 478-445-5961
Phone: 478-445-5572

Attach your abstract as a Microsoft Word document. (If this is not possible, use WordPerfect, or include the abstract in the e-mail message.) If your abstract includes tables, figures, diagrams, or special characters or fonts also attach a copy as a PDF file. Do not include your name on the abstract.  In a separate attachment, include the following information:

Author(s) name(s)
E-mail address(es)
Mailing address(es)
(Phone number)
Paper title
Special equipment/technology needs.

If submitting hard copy, provide three copies of the abstract and one copy of the contact information.


1)   Give the title of the paper at the top of the page. The Program Committee judges anonymous abstracts, so do not give author(s) name(s) or other identifying information.
2)  Limit the abstracts to 300 words.
3)  Include a statement of the topic or purpose of the paper, preferably as the first paragraph.
      A) If your paper involves the analysis of linguistic material, give appropriate examples and provide a brief indication of their relevance to your argument.
      B) If your paper presents experimental results of experiments that are not yet available, indicate the nature of the experiment(s) and why the results are important.
      C) State the relevance of your ideas to past work and/or to the future development of the field.
      D) State your conclusions (however tentative); avoid statements like "A solution to this problem will be presented." If you are taking a stand on a controversial issue, summarize the arguments that lead to your position.
      E) Do not include references in your abstract.


1)   Proposals for panels incorporating four or five participants speaking on a unified topic should be submitted as a single abstract by the panel organizer. Give the title of the paper at the top of the page. Do not give author(s) name(s) or other identifying information. Only anonymous abstract are judged by the Program Committee.
2)   Limit the panel description to 1000 words.
3)   Describe in detail similar to 3) above. Indicate the proposed contribution of each participant, listed as Participant I, Participant II, etc. If a give-and-take discussion is proposed, justify the worth of this departure from separate presentations on the Panel topic.
4)   As above, if a Participant must withdraw, the Panel organizer(s) must alert SECOL and must in good faith attempt to find a replacement, sending in a description of the new Participant’s participation on the Panel.


SECOL strongly discourages substitute presenters as this adversely affects all presentations. The above guidelines are written to provide sufficient flexibility so that even if your ideas change as you write the paper or if your experimental results are not as expected, your paper will be adequately reflected by the abstract. If, however, you cannot in good conscience read your paper within the framework of the abstract as accepted by the Program Committee, you may withdraw the paper prior to the meeting. To withdraw before the schedule is posted to the website notify Dr. Megan E. Melancon megan.melancon at To withdraw after the conference schedule is posted, contact Professor Bill Kretzschmar (kretzsch at


Student members of SECOL are reminded of the annual Reza Ordoubadian Award. This is a cash award and three-year membership in SECOL for the paper presented by a student at the previous year’s SECOL meeting deemed best by a selection committee. To be considered, an electronic copy of the paper transmitted by e-mail as a PDF file (or three hard copies by regular mail) should be sent to Dr. Megan E. Melancon with a cover letter requesting consideration. THE DEADLINE FOR THE 2010 ROA COMPETITION (for papers that were presented at SECOL 77, in April, 2010, in Oxford, MS) is January 11, 2011. (Looking ahead, the deadline for the 2011 ROA Competition will be January 10, 2011.)


The Bernstein Award of $100.00 for the best paper on Language and Politics is open to all SECOL members. To be considered, an electronic copy of the full paper transmitted by e-mail as a PDF file (or three hard copies by regular mail) should be sent to Dr. Megan E. Melancon with a cover letter requesting consideration. Your letter should contain contact information. The deadline for submission of the full paper is January 11, 2011.


Membership information is available at


Information about contact persons, accommodations, registration, and the preliminary program
 will be available at

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