Conference: BLS 42

BLS42: Feb. 5th-7th, 2016.
Location: UC Berkeley.
Submission Deadline: Nov. 1st, 2015.

The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS42) will take place Friday through Sunday, February 5th-7th, 2016, on the UC Berkeley campus. BLS42 welcomes abstract submissions from all areas of descriptive and theoretical linguistics. Abstracts that make use of experimental methods in combination with formal-theoretical analysis are especially encouraged. The period for submissions is now open. Please submit your abstracts through our EasyChair conference page by 11:59 pm PST on November 1st, 2015.


The general session welcomes abstracts from the areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical/comparative linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and psycholinguistics.

General session invited speakers:

Liina Pylkkänen, New York University
Meghan Sumner, Stanford University
Judith Tonhauser, The Ohio State University


The special session will focus on learnability and welcomes papers on experimental, computational, and other approaches to the learning of grammatical systems.

Special session invited speaker:

Joe Pater, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


The areal parasession will focus on the languages of the Austronesian family. The session welcomes descriptive and theoretical papers from all areas that draw the majority of their data from Austronesian languages.

Parasession invited speaker:

Joey Sabbagh, University of Texas, Arlington


Abstracts are due by November 1st, 2015, 11:59 pm 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 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.

For submission related enquiries, please email bls_submissions at berkeley dot edu. For all other enquiries, please email bls at berkeley dot edu.