Call for Papers

NEW Abstract submission deadline: January 17, 2014

Given recent weather-related disruptions and chaos, the deadline for submitting abstracts for WSCLA 19 has been deferred by one week.

Abstracts are invited for papers in any area of formal linguistics (including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics) within any theoretical framework. We welcome papers that address diachronic, sociolinguistic, or applied topics from a formal perspective, and we are especially interested in papers seeking to correlate the interests of formal linguists and the concerns of indigenous communities.

The organising committee for WSCLA 19 has selected the following workshop theme: Learnability Issues in Languages of the Americas. Abstracts which address this theme are particularly solicited, although abstracts on other topics are welcomed. Our guest speakers will address various aspects of this theme.

We are pleased to announce the following invited speakers:

Keren Rice (University of Toronto)

Michael Hamilton (McGill University, student guest speaker)

Heidi Harley (University of Arizona)

Ellen Courtney (University of Texas at El Paso)

The conference will run all day on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, and through mid-day on Sunday, April 27. We expect a volume of conference proceedings to appear in the UBCWPL series. In addition, we will invite speakers who address the workshop theme to contribute to an edited volume dedicated to this topic.

Abstract submission guidelines

Please follow the guidelines below. Write to with any questions.

Please submit your abstract for a paper at, following the requirements listed below before midnight on January 17th, 2014.

Abstracts should be anonymous. Author name(s) should not appear in the abstract or file name.

Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages in length including references and examples (minimum 12 pt font size, 1 inch margins).

Submissions are limited to two abstracts per author, including at most one single-authored abstract. (In other words, you may contribute to two co-authored abstracts, or one co-authored abstract plus one single-authored abstract.)