Call for papers for 2015 American Dialect Society conference

Grant Barrett grantbarrett at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 14 19:03:27 UTC 2014

Call for Papers for 2015 Annual Meeting in Portland

Link to this announcement:

Froom Thursday, January 8 through Sunday, January 11, ADS will hold
its 2015 annual meeting at the Hilton Portland, hosted as usual by the
Linguistic Society of America. (Yes, Portland; LSA has changed venue
from originally scheduled San Francisco.)

Monday, August 18, is the deadline for proposals for 20-minute
presentations. All you need is a title and an abstract of 150 to 300
words. Send it via e-mail to Executive Secretary Allan Metcalf at
americandialect at

This year a poster session will again be available. If you prefer to
present at a poster session, please say so with your proposal.

Presenters must be current members of the American Dialect Society.

Audio-visual equipment: An LCD projector with sound will be available
for all presentations, along with a microphone. If you will need other
equipment, please say so when you send your proposal.

Scheduling: The meeting will follow this schedule:

Thursday, January 8: Executive Council and annual business meeting in
late morning. Program sessions in afternoon. Program session in late
afternoon, followed by Words of the Year nominations.

Friday, January 9: Programs sessions in morning and afternoon. Words
of the Year vote and Bring-Your-Own-Book reception in early evening.

Saturday, January 20: Program sessions in morning and afternoon;
Annual Luncheon in between.

Sunday, January 11: Possible program sessions.

Proposals will be judged anonymously by a committee chaired by Robert
Bayley, ADS president-elect. If your proposal is accepted, you’ll be
asked for an abstract of no more than 200 words for the LSA program.

Teaching panel: As usual, the ADS Committee on Teaching will sponsor a
panel at the annual meeting. If you would like to propose a 20-minute
talk, send your proposal directly to the chair of the Committee on
Teaching, Anne Curzan, atacurzan at Her deadline is also
August 18.

Session chairs: If you’re interested in chairing a session, let the
Executive Secretary know at americandialect at Tell him any
preference you have for time or topic.

Travel grant for ADS member: The fourth annual Audrey Duckert Memorial
Travel Award of $500 to attend the Annual Meeting will be given to an
ADS member. The recipient will be chosen by ADS President Jesse
Sheidlower. Applications in the form of a letter to President
Sheidlower will be due after the program for the Annual Meeting has
been determined. Audrey Duckert was a long-time member of ADS and
co-founder of the Dictionary of American Regional English.

Travel grants for students: Four travel grants of $500 each will be
awarded to students whose papers have been chosen for the program.
Furthermore, all students who are members of ADS are invited to attend
the Annual Luncheon for free.

Hotel and registration: ADS members will be eligible to reserve rooms
and register for the meeting at LSA member rates. For details see the

Future LSA-ADS meetings: 2016: Washington (D.C.) Jan. 7-10, Marriott
Marquis. 2017: Austin (Texas) Jan. 5-8, JW Marriott. 2018: Salt Lake
City, Jan. 4-7, Grand America Hotel.

WOTY: As we have done for two decades now, we will choose candidates
for Word of the Year on Thursday and vote for our WOTY the next day,
with our Bring Your Own Book exhibit and reception immediately
following. If you have a nominee for WOTY 2011, you can send it to our
New Words Committee chair, Benjamin Zimmer, at bzimmer at


Grant Barrett
American Dialect Society
Vice President of Communications and Technology
grantbarrett at

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