[Lingtyp] Call: SSILA 2020 Winter Meeting - Call for Papers
martin.kohlberger at gmail.com
Sun Jun 9 23:31:39 EDT 2019
*THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF THE INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES OF THE AMERICAS*
*Annual Winter Meeting, New Orleans, LA*
*January 2-5, 2020*
*Call for Papers*
*Deadline for abstracts:*
*July 17, 2019*
The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas
(SSILA) will hold its annual winter meeting jointly with the Linguistic
Society of America (LSA) in New Orleans, LA on January 2-5, 2020. SSILA
meetings allow scholars to present on a wide range of topics centered on
any aspect of Indigenous languages of the Americas.
Information about the hotel and location can be found at the LSA website (
Participants will be able to register for the meeting on the LSA website
and reserve hotel rooms at reduced rates between* September 1st, 2019 *and
December 11th, *2019.*
SSILA welcomes abstracts for papers that present original research focusing
on the linguistic study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas.
Submitters must be members of SSILA. (You can join SSILA at:
The *deadline* for receipt of all abstracts is on *July 17th at 11:59PM
(Hawaii-Aleutian time). *Please note that the deadline this year is two
weeks earlier than in previous years. This is because the LSA submission
deadline was changed to an earlier date this year, and SSILA endeavors to
make acceptance decisions at the same time as the main LSA conference.
Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the electronic
submission website EasyChair. Consult the SSILA website for detailed
instructions. Also, e-mail or hard-copy submissions will be accepted if
arrangements are made in advance with the SSILA Program Committee
Administrator, Martin Kohlberger (conferences at ssila.org). Abstracts may be
submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.
The EasyChair submission page address is
Abstracts must conform to the guidelines below.
1. All authors must be members of SSILA. See the SSILA website
<https://ssila.org/memberships/> for information about membership and
renewal. The membership requirement may be waived for co-authors who are
from disciplines other than those ordinarily represented by SSILA
(linguistics and linguistic anthropology). Requests for waivers of
membership must be made by a member of the Society to the SSILA Secretary,
Mary Linn (secretary at ssila.org). (Note*: Membership of LSA is not required
for participation in SSILA sessions*.)
2. Any member may submit one single-author abstract and one multi-author
abstract OR two multi-author abstracts.
3. After an abstract has been submitted, no changes of author, title, or
wording of the abstract, other than those due to typographical errors, are
4. Papers must be delivered as projected in the abstract or represent
bona fide developments of the same research.
5. Papers must not appear in print before the meeting.
6. Handouts, if any, are not to be submitted with abstracts but should be
available at the meeting for those listening to the presentation.
7. All presenters of individual papers must register for the meeting
8. Authors who must withdraw from the program should inform the SSILA
Program Committee Administrator (conferences at ssila.org) as soon as
9. Authors may not submit identical abstracts for presentation at the
SSILA meeting and the LSA meeting or a meeting of one of the Sister
Societies (ADS, ANS, NAAHoLS, SPCL, TALE). Authors who are discovered to
have done so will have these abstracts removed from consideration. Authors
may submit substantially different abstracts for presentation at the SSILA
meeting and the LSA or a Sister Society meeting.
*Please see the section below, “Abstract Submission”, for important
information about long and short abstracts.*
1. Abstracts should be uploaded as a file in PDF format to the abstract
submittal form on the EasyChair website.
2. The abstract, including examples as needed, should be no more than one
typed page (12pt font, single spaced, with 1-inch margins); a second page
may be used for references. Abstracts longer than one page will be rejected
without being evaluated.
3. Please include the ISO code of any languages mentioned in the abstract
prominently, preferably above the abstract text. Also include a
latitude/longitude that is representative of the language/community.
4. At the top of the abstract, give a title that is not more than one
7-inch typed line and that clearly indicates the topic of the paper.
5. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Do not include your name on the
abstract. If you identify yourself in any way in the abstract (e.g. “In
Smith (1992)...I”), the abstract will be rejected without being evaluated.
Of course, it may be necessary to refer to your own work in the third
person in order to appropriately situate the research.
6. Abstracts which do not conform to these format guidelines will not be
Papers whose main topic does not focus on the Indigenous languages of the
Americas will be rejected without further consideration by the Program
Committee. SSILA requires further that the subject matter be related to
linguistics and/or language revitalization, that the research presented
include new findings or developments not published before the meeting, that
there be reflection on the work’s social outcomes/impacts/implications,
that the papers not be submitted with malicious or scurrilous intent, and
that the abstract be coherent and in accord with these guidelines.
Abstracts are more often rejected because they omit crucial information
rather than because of errors in what they include. The most important
criterion is relevance to the understanding of Indigenous languages of the
Americas, but other factors are important, too. It is important to present
results so that they will be of interest to the whole SSILA (and larger)
linguistic community, not just to those who work on the same language or
language family that you do.
A suggested outline for abstracts is as follows:
1. State the problem or research question raised by prior work, with
specific reference to relevant prior research.
2. Give a clear indication of the nature and source of your data
(primary fieldwork, archival research, secondary sources).
3. State the main point or argument of the proposed presentation.
4. Regardless of the subfield, cite sufficient data, and explain why
and how they support the main point or argument. For examples in languages
other than English, provide word-by-word glosses and *underline* or
*boldface* the portions of the examples which are critical to the argument.
5. State the relevance of your ideas to past work or to the future
development of the field. Describe analyses in as much detail as possible.
Avoid saying in effect "a solution to this problem will be presented". If
you are taking a stand on a controversial issue, summarize the arguments
that led you to your position.
6. State the contribution to linguistics made by the analysis and
the work’s social outcomes/impacts/implications which may be positive,
neutral, or negative, immediate or potential.
Consideration of the work’s social outcomes/impacts/implications might
focus on the specific topic under consideration or take into account the
broader scope of a project. Effects might take a while to be felt,
and might be nuanced with respect to who is influenced and how.
Implications are likely to relate to the social significance to the
language community, such as the project’s capacity for developing tools for
pedagogy or revitalization, valorizing the language within a broader social
context, or (perhaps at the same time) introducing points of tension
regarding approaches to language teaching. They might also include bringing
a situation regarding a language community’s status to wider attention,
educating the public regarding language endangerment and its significance,
promoting the application of Native ways of knowing in linguistic research
or community-related goals.
7. Please include a list of references for any work cited in the
abstract. The references can be on a second page.
Categories of Presentation
Authors are required to indicate the preferred category of their
presentation at the time of submitting the abstract. The program committee
will try to accommodate this preference as space and time allow. The
categories to choose from are:
Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Historical
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Lexicography, Applied Linguistics, Language
Authors will also be able to select the geographic area that the languages
discussed in their abstract are/were spoken in.
Submissions for the SSILA Annual Meeting require *two abstracts*:
*Short Abstract.* This abstract should be no more than 100 words, and will
be used for publication in the meeting handbook. In *EasyChair*, you will
paste this abstract into the “Abstract” box under the Title and Abstract
*Long Abstract*. This abstract is the one that will be evaluated for
inclusion in the meeting program. The long abstract should be a pdf file.
In *EasyChair*, you will select the pdf file containing your abstract to
upload at the “Long Abstract” prompt under the “Other Information and
*Detailed instructions for using EasyChair*
The submission process requires two stages:
1) Get your own *EasyChair* account
2) Submit your abstract(s)
*1) Creating an account in EasyChair: *
- Go to the EasyChair site: www.easychair.org
• Click “sign up” at the top right corner of the page
and follow the instructions for entry into the system.
• Enter your name and e-mail address and click
- Check your e-mail: You will receive a message from EasyChair. Follow
the instructions there.
- Make a note of your user name and password for future reference.
*2) Submitting your abstracts: *
Go to the SSILA 2020 submission page:
Log in using the username and password you just established.
Click "New Submission". On the page that appears, you will need to
identify the author(s), title, keywords, topics, and submission groups of
the proposed paper, and submit your *short abstract* and *long abstract *(see
Enter the information requested about the author(s):
§ For yourself, you can click the link at the top of the author box to
enter the information from your account profile into the form.
§ For co-authors, type in their information.
§ If there are more than three authors, select *Click here to add more
§ Use the ‘corresponding author’ checkboxes to select which author(s) will
get e-mail from the EasyChair system and the Program Committee.
*Title and Abstract and Other Information *
§ Enter the *Title* of the paper; this must be not more than one 7-inch
- Enter the prepublication (short) *Abstract*. If your paper is
accepted, this short abstract will appear in the Meeting Handbook. Cut and
paste the abstract into the text box provided. Maximum length is 100
- [If your short abstract requires special characters, please also
send it as a PDF file to the SSILA Program Committee Administrator at
<conferences at ssila.org>.]
§ Enter the *keywords* (at least 3, up to 5) that apply to your paper.
§ Under *Topics*, select the main subfield of the paper (to be used by the
program committee to group papers) and the geographic region to which it
- If you are applying for travel assistance, click the box, then go to
https://ssila.org/awards/travel/ and follow instructions for the Travel
*Upload Long Abstract *
§ The long abstract, written according to the guidelines described above,
must be uploaded here.
§ Use PDF format.
§ Use the browse button to select your abstract document.
§ Click *Submit *
*Logout* by selecting “Sign out” in the top menu bar.
*Questions? *Please contact conferences at ssila.org if you have any questions
about or difficulty with your abstract submission.
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