F.3. Call for Papers: The 37th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, Abstract Deadline, November 12

THE 37TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BERKELEY LINGUISTICS SOCIETY

CALL FOR PAPERS

February 12-13, 2011

The 37th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society will take place at the University of California, Berkeley on FEBRUARY 12-13, 2011.  The meeting will comprise a General Session, a Special Session, and a Parasession.  Invited speakers are listed below.

GENERAL SESSION

The General Session will cover all areas of linguistic research.  We welcome proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks as well as papers on language-related topics from other disciplines (e.g., cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, anthropology, literature, areal studies).

Invited Speaker

Salikoko Mufwene, University of Chicago

SPECIAL SESSION

LANGUAGES OF THE CAUCASUS

The Caucasus is an exciting and ripe area for typological study and theoretical research in all areas of linguistics.  We welcome papers from all linguistic subdisciplines pertaining to languages spoken in this diverse sociocultural and linguistic region.

Invited Speakers

Bernard Comrie, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Greville Corbett, University of Surrey

PARASESSION

LANGUAGE, GENDER AND SEXUALITY

The Parasession invites papers on all aspects of the relationship between language and gender and/or sexuality.  We are looking for submissions from all linguistic subfields (i.e., not just sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, pragmatics, etc.).  Possible areas of discussion might concern the emergence of sexual identity through particular linguistic traits, or alternatively, research on top-down control of certain gender- or sexuality-related styles (but not limited to these two themes).

Invited Speakers

Mary Bucholtz, University of California, Santa Barbara

Robert Podesva, Georgetown University

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

Abstracts must be received no later than

Friday, November 12, 2010 at midnight (PST)

No late submissions can be accepted.  Authors will be notified of decisions concerning abstracts by mid-December.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract.  In the case of joint authorship, one address should be designated for official communication with BLS.

Abstracts must clearly present a specific thesis statement and include a description of topic, approach, and conclusions.

Abstracts must fit on one page with margins no smaller than .5″ in font no smaller than 10-pt (1″ margins with 12-pt font is preferred).  Data and examples must be given within the body of the text, but references may be included on a separate page if necessary.  To preserve anonymity during the review process, authors should not include their names or otherwise reveal their identity anywhere in the abstract.

Abstracts that do not conform to these criteria will NOT be considered.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS

All abstracts must be submitted electronically, formatted as PDF files with the author’s name as the filename.  The body of the email to which the PDF is attached must contain the following information:

-Paper title

-Session (General Session, Special Session or Parasession)

-Names of authors

-Affiliations of authors

-E-mail address for each author

-Designation of e-mail address for official communication in the case of joint authorship

-Phone number for each author

-Please list up to three subfields (in decreasing order of relevance) from the following as possible categories for your submission:

——Phonetics

——Phonology

——Morphology

——Syntax

——Semantics

——Pragmatics

——Historical linguistics

——Sociolinguistics

——Cognitive linguistics

——Psycholinguistics

Send electronic submissions to bls_submissions@berkeley.edu , with the subject line “BLS 37 Abstract”.

Please note that papers submitted to the Special Session and Parasession may be considered for the General Session as well.

PRESENTATION AND PUBLICATION

Presentations are allotted 20 minutes, as well as 10 minutes for questions.  Presented papers are published in the BLS Proceedings.  Authors agree to provide camera-ready copy (up to 12 pages) by May 15, 2011.  In order to expedite publication of papers, BLS will digitally publish the proceedings from the 37th Annual Meeting.

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