LDLT4 conference

Peter Austin pa2 at SOAS.AC.UK
Sun Mar 3 03:33:37 UTC 2013

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Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 4 Conference (LDLT4)

The Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory biennial conference aims to bring together researchers working on linguistic theory and language documentation and description, with a particular focus on innovative work on under-described or endangered languages. This year the event will also celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Department of Linguistics at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

The main conference session will be held from 7 to 8 December 2013.

Plenary speakers

The plenary speakers for the main conference session are:

Professor Farrell Ackerman, University of California, San Diego
Professor Eva Schultze-Berndt, University of Manchester 

Conference theme

The theme of the LDLT4 conference is 'Linguistic typology and language documentation'. We invite contributions relating to any aspect of the study of language and linguistics from any perspective, including:

- formal theoretical issues
- linguistic typology
- documentary linguistics and responses to language endangerment
- new techniques and opportunities for documenting and describing languages
- historical linguistics
- discourse, and narrative structure

The best contributions will use empirical data to examine the relationship between language documentation and description and linguistic theory.


Abstracts are invited for the conference session. Each presentation has 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Each individual may present up to one single authored paper and one joint paper throughout the whole conference.

Abstracts should be anonymous, a minimum of 11pt font and one page in length, including references and examples. They should be in .doc or .pdf format (but not .docx format) and the filename should start with LDLT4, followed by an underscore and then first authors' surname, e.g. LDLT4_ashmore.pdf. If you have a common surname, please also include initials, e.g. LDLT4_jjones.pdf.

Abstracts should be submitted using the LDLT4 Easychair site (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ldlt4), which is now open.

The deadline for the submission of all abstracts is Monday 6 May 2013.
Applicants will be notified of abstract acceptance by Monday 13 June 2013.

All contributors will be asked to submit a short version of their paper to be published in the conference proceedings. Further details will be made available once abstracts have been selected.

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: Monday 6 May 2013
Applicants notified of abstract acceptance: Monday 13 June 2013
Registration ends: Friday 15 November 2013 (Note: on-site registration at the event is not possible)
Conference session: Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 December 2013

The local organising committee consists of:
Peter K. Austin
Aicha Belkadi
Kakia Chatsiou
Charlotte Hemmings
Lutz Marten
David Nathan
Irina Nikolaeva
Teresa Poeta
Kirsty Rowan

Contact email: ldlt4 at soas.ac.uk

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