Call for Undergraduate Abstracts – BLS 43

The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS 43) will take place Friday through Sunday, February 3rd – 5th, 2017, on the UC Berkeley campus. BLS 43 welcomes abstract submissions from all areas of descriptive, experimental, and theoretical linguistics.

New this year, BLS will host an undergraduate poster session. We invite undergraduates and recent graduates who are not yet enrolled in graduate programs to submit abstracts related to the areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical/comparative linguistics, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics. Descriptive, theoretical, and experimental approaches are all welcome.

The period for submissions is now open. Please submit your abstracts through our EasyChair conference page by 11:59 pm PST on November 1st, 2016.

Participation in BLS 43 is an excellent way to receive feedback on your work from prominent scholars, including invited speakers and those giving talks within the general session, special session, and parasession. The special session will focus on language contact and dynamics, and the areal parasession will highlight the languages of North and Central America.

Invited Speakers:
Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of California, Los Angeles)
Omer Preminger (University of Maryland)
Keren Rice (University of Toronto)
Natalie Schilling (Georgetown University)
Sarah Thomason (University of Michigan)

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts are due by November 1st, 2016 at 11:59 PST. Please submit all abstracts through EasyChair. Authors will be notified of acceptance by December 1st.

Authors may maximally submit one single-authored abstract and one co-authored abstract. Abstracts, including titles, data, and examples, must fit onto 1 page with 1″ margins and 12pt font. References may be included on a separate page. Abstracts must be anonymous; omit names or phrasing (e.g. my paper (Author 20XX) ) that would otherwise reveal author identity. Surname-year citations (Author 20XX) that do not identify the author of the abstract as the author of the cited paper are acceptable.
Please fill out all required fields in EasyChair and check the “Undergraduate Poster Session” option as well as at least one box indicating a topic corresponding to the linguistic subfield(s) of greatest relevance to your abstract. All submissions will be anonymized for review.

Check our website for general information and updates concerning the conference.

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