[Lingtyp] SSILA 2019 - Call for Papers

Martin Kohlberger martin.kohlberger at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 00:17:27 UTC 2018


*Annual Meeting, New York City*

*January 3-6, 2019*

Call for Papers

*Deadline for abstracts: July 31, 2018*

The annual winter meeting of SSILA will be held jointly with the annual
meeting of the *Linguistic Society of America* in New York City, NY, at the
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel,   January 3-6, 2019.  Information
about the hotel and location can be found at the LSA website (
https://www.linguisticsociety.org/event/lsa-2019-annual-meeting).  Participants
will be able to register for the meeting and reserve hotel rooms on-line at
the LSA site between September 1st, 2018 and December 3rd, 2018.

Call for Papers

SSILA welcomes abstracts for papers that present original research focusing
on the linguistic study of the indigenous languages of the Americas.
must be members of SSILA in order to present.  (You can join SSILA at:

The *deadline* for receipt of all abstracts is *July 31st*, at 11:59 PM
Hawaii-Aleutian time.

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 (ssila2019nyc at gmail.com). Abstracts may be
submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

The EasyChair submission page address is

Abstracts must conform to the guidelines below.

General Requirements

1.   All authors must be members of SSILA. See the SSILA website for
information about membership and renewal
<http://www.ssila.org/members/join-or-renew/>. 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 Executive Secretary (ssila2016 at gmail.com). (Note*: Membership
in 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
through LSA.

8.   Authors who must withdraw from the program should inform the SSILA
Program Committee Administrator (ssila2019nyc at gmail.com) 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.

10. Late abstracts will not be considered, whatever the reason for the

Abstract Format

*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 (11pt or 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.  Below
the title and above the abstract text, include the ISO code(s) of any
language(s) discussed.

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

Abstract Contents

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
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 linguistic research made by the analysis.

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
Revitalization, Other.

Authors will also be able to select the geographic area that the languages
discussed in their abstract are/were spoken in.

Abstract Submission

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
Uploads” heading.

*Detailed instructions for using EasyChair*

The submission process requires two stages:

            Get your own *EasyChair* account

            Submit your abstract(s)

*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 “continue”

   - 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.

*Submitting your abstracts: *

Go to the SSILA 2019 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
clarification above).

*Authors:                                             *

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
typed line.

   - 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
      ssila2019nyc at gmail.com <%20ssila2019nyc at gmail.com>.]

§  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
   Assistance Awards.

*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 ssila2019nyc at gmail.com if you have any
questions about or difficulty with your abstract submission.
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