[Lingtyp] Call: SSILA 2019 Summer Meeting Extended Deadline

Martin Kohlberger martin.kohlberger at gmail.com
Fri Apr 5 19:37:20 UTC 2019


*Summer Meeting*

*University of California, Davis*

*July 13-14, 2019*

*Special session: Broader Impacts Related to Digital Resources*

Call for Papers


*Deadline for abstracts: April 15, 2019*

The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas
(SSILA) will hold a summer meeting at the LSA 2019 Linguistic Institute (
https://lsa2019.ucdavis.edu/), which will take place at the University of
California, Davis.  The meeting will be held on July 13 and July 14 at the
UC Davis Conference Center.  SSILA meetings allow scholars to present on a
wide range of topics centered on any aspect of Indigenous American

This meeting will host a *special session* on the broader impact of
linguistic work in the Americas.  The social context and collaborative
dynamic of every project varies enormously across the continents.  Whereas
some communities might focus efforts on language conservation and
reclamation, others might consider linguistic work to take a less central
role in achieving community goals.  We encourage scholars to submit
contributions which explore the ways in which they collaborate with speaker
communities and other stakeholders, and what broader impacts their work has
had, whether positive or negative.  To further bring this special session
in line with the overall theme of 2019 Institute – linguistics in a digital
era – we ask that authors focus on *broader impacts related to digital

Call for Papers

SSILA welcomes abstracts for papers that present original research focusing
on the linguistic study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas.
Presenters must be members of SSILA in order to submit an abstract.  (You
can join SSILA at: https://ssila.org/memberships/.)

Scholars who wish to participate in the *special session* should submit
contributions that pertain to the theme, for example by addressing one or
more of the following questions:

·         What role do digital technologies play in your research and how
do they affect the social context of your work, with a focus on possible
negative and neutral impacts as well as positive ones?

·         How are digital resources used to address the goals of both
Indigenous communities and academic researchers?

·         In what ways do digital resources mediate the collaboration of
university-based and community-based scholars?

·         How can digital resources be deployed to create meaningful and
lasting contributions of linguistic research to language communities?

The *deadline* for receipt of all abstracts has been extended to *April
15th*, at 11:59 PM Hawaii-Aleutian time.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the electronic
submission website EasyChair. 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.

General Requirements

1.   All authors must be members of SSILA. See the SSILA website for
information about membership and renewal <https://ssila.org/memberships/>.
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).

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.   There will be a registration fee for presenters not registered at the
2019 Institute.

8.   Authors who must withdraw from the program should inform the SSILA
Program Committee Administrator, Martin Kohlberger (conferences at ssila.org),
as soon as possible.

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

Abstract Format

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.  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, as well as a latitude/longitude that is
representative of the language/community.

4.  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.

5.  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 linguistics made by the analysis and
state any broader impacts of the work (such as support of community goals
and desired social outcomes).

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:

Special Session (Broader Impacts Related to Digital Resources), 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.

*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

   - 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 your EasyChair username and password.  (If you have recently
used EasyChair for another conference, you will be taken to a list of
conferences.  Choose SSILA 2019 Summer Meeting, and log in as an author.)

Click on “New Submission" tab at the top left.  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 abstract.

*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 *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

*Institute Participation*

§  Please indicate whether you are participating at the 2019 Institute as a
student or instructor by checking the relevant box.

*Upload Abstract *

§  The 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 silla.org if you have any questions
about or difficulty with your abstract submission.
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