Conference: NELS 49

The 49th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 49) will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, from 5-7 October, 2018. For more information, contact

Conference website:

Invited speakers:

Magdalena Kaufmann
Maria Gouskova
Benjamin Bruening

Call for Papers

Extended deadline for submission: Sunday, 10 June 2018, 11:59pm EST

We invite theoretical contributions from all subfields of generative linguistics as part of the general session. Presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. In addition, there will be two poster sessions. Submissions are limited to two per author, with at most one paper being single-authored.

In addition to the general session, we also invite submissions for a special session listed below. You may indicate whether you would like to be considered for the special session when submitting your abstract. All abstracts will be considered for both the general session and the special session.

Special Session on Focus

This special session is focused on focus, an information structuring device that is marked by prosodic prominence, movement, or morphology. Focus bears an important relationship to information structural topics such as question-answer congruence, contrastive topics, and entailment semantics. It can interact with focus-sensitive operators to affect the semantics of a sentence. We welcome contributions that modify, strengthen, or challenge existing theories of focus. These might address current topics, such as:

  • Placement and realization of focus
  • Interaction with focus-sensitive operator
  • Interaction with quantifiers
  • Cross-linguistic approaches
Abstract guidelines:

Abstracts, including references and data, must not exceed two A4 or letter pages, have 2.54 cm (1 inch) margins on all sides, and be set in Times New Roman with a font size no smaller than 11pt.

Examples, tables, graphs, etc. must be interspersed into the text of the abstract, rather than collected at the end.

The submission must not reveal the identity of the author(s) in any way.

Submissions are limited to two per author, with at most one paper being single-authored.

Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format through EasyChair by Sunday, 10 June 2018, 11:59pm EST.

%d bloggers like this: