Second Call: Santa Barbara WAIL

Gary Holton holton at HUMANITAS.UCSB.EDU
Sun Feb 22 01:15:41 UTC 1998


                 Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
                              Santa Barbara, CA
                                May 9-10, 1998

The linguistics department at the University or California, Santa Barbara
issues a call for papers to be presented at its first annual Workshop on
American Indigenous Languages (WAIL). The workshop will be a forum for the
discussion of theoretical and descriptive linguistic studies of indigenous
languages of the Americas.

The workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday May 9-10, 1998 on the
campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Our invited speakers will be Nicola Bessell, Wallace Chafe, and Marianne
Mithun. Dr. Bessell has worked extensively on the phonetics/phonology
interface in Coeur d'Alene Salish. Dr. Chafe's current research involves
documentation of the Seneca and Caddo languages. He is also writing a
popular book on the importance of Native American languages. Dr. Mithun
has just completed a book on the Languages of North America for the green
series put out by Cambridge University Press.

Anonymous abstracts are invited for talks on any topic in linguistics.
Talks will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
Individuals may submit abstracts for one single and one co-authored paper.
Abstracts should be one page with a 500 word limit. A separate page for
data and references may be included, if necessary. Abstracts may be
submitted in hardcopy or by email. The deadline for receipt of abstracts
is March 15, 1998.

For hardcopy submittal, please send four copies of your anonymous
one-page abstract. In the envelope, include a 3x5 card with
the following information:
        a. name
        b. affiliation
        c. mailing address
        d. phone number
        e. e-mail address
        f. title of your paper

Hardcopy abstracts should be mailed to:
        Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
        Department of Linguistics
        University of California, Santa Barbara
        Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Email submissions are encouraged. To submit an abstract by email, the
information that would be included on the 3x5 card should be in the body
of the email message, with the anonymous abstract sent as an attachment.

Email abstracts should be sent to:
        wail at

Notification of acceptance will be by email in mid-March.

General Information

Santa Barbara is situated on the Pacific Ocean near the Santa Ynez
mountains. The UCSB campus is located near the Santa Barbara airport, and
is approximately 90 miles north of LAX airport in Los Angeles. Shuttle
buses run from LAX to Santa Barbara several times each day. Information
about hotel accomodations will be provided on request. Crash space for
participants may be available with graduate students in the UCSB
linguistics department for those who arrange early.

WAIL is co-sponsored by the UCSB linguistics department and the
department's Native American Indian Languages (NAIL) study group, which
has been meeting regularly in Santa Barbara since 1990, providing a forum
for the discussion of issues relating to Native American language and

For further information contact the conference coordinator at
wail at or (805) 893-3776.

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