Call for Papers: SALA 2009 Extended Deadline April 30, 2009

The deadline for abstract submission to SALA 2009 conference has been extended. The new deadline for both general sessions as well as panel proposals is April 30, 2009.


For more details please refer to the call for papers below. You can also check our conference highlights and other information at

Call for Papers

We encourage individual papers and/or panel proposals on South Asian languages
and linguistics from diverse frameworks and especially welcome those with
interdisciplinary focus, including but not limited to:
– Endangered language documentation
– Multilingualism and language maintenance
– Language ideology and language policy
– Language and literature
– Language pedagogy
– Discourse analysis
– English in South Asia
– Developments in different theoretical models

Location: University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, United States of America

Abstract Deadline:
April 30, 2009 (for general sessions and panels )

Plenary Speakers:
Peter Hook, University of Michigan; Gregory Anderson, Living Tongues Institute
for Endangered Languages; Tista Bagchi, University of Delhi

Special Session:
Special presentations in honor of Professor Prem Singh (1935-2008) by Paul Kiparsky, Madhav Deshpande, and George Cardona.

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to An author may submit
at the most one individual and one joint abstract. In case of co-authored work,
one e-mail address should be designated for communication with SALA.

Abstracts should be should be no more than 500 words in length (not including
data and references, which may be placed on a separate page). Only those
abstracts formatted PDF or Microsoft Word can be accepted. Abstracts should be
as specific as possible, with a clear statement of topic or argument,
methodology, approach and conclusions. Abstracts should be anonymous with the
author name as filename, followed by the appropriate file extension. The title
of the abstract must appear on at the top of the abstract page and the following
information should be included on a separate page in the same file:

(1) Paper title
(2) Session (General/Special Panel)
(3) Name(s) of author(s)
(4) Affiliation(s) of author(s)
(5) Address where notification of acceptance should be sent
(6) Phone number for each author
(7) Email address for each author
(8) Subfield (phonology, syntax, discourse analysis, bilingualism etc.)

Deadline for abstract submission is 30 April, 2009 (for general session and panels). The authors will be notified of the status of their abstracts by 30 May, 2009 via email.

For special equipment needs, the conference organizers must be contacted by 1
Sept, 2009.

Panel Proposals
Panel organizers should submit completed proposals on or before 30 April, 2009.
Please ensure that one person has been designated as the organizer and one as
chair of your panel. The ‘organizer’ and ‘chair’ can be the same person. The
number of participants (i.e. presentations) in each panel is 3-4. Each proposal
must include a ‘panel proposal’ and abstracts for papers/presentations by each
panelist. It must include a title for the panel, titles for individual papers,
names and affiliation for each participant (including the panel organizer).

Proposals must be sent via email. Other guidelines for panel proposals and abstracts are the same as those for individual abstracts mentioned above.

Individual presentations are allotted 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Panels can be proposed for a 2-hr period.

Contact Persons:
Sadaf Munshi
Assistant Professor
Linguistics and Technical Communication
University of North Texas
Ph: 940-369-8944

Shobhana Chelliah
Associate Professor
Linguistics and Technical Communication
University of North Texas
Ph: 940-369-8955