Conference: CLS 55

55th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 55)

Date: 16-May-2019 – 18-May-2019
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Contact Person: Daniel Lam
Meeting Email:

Call Deadline: 23-Jan-2019

Meeting Description:

The Chicago Linguistic Society is the oldest student-run linguistics organization in the United States. Our linguistics conference has been held every year since 1965. This coming academic year, CLS will host its 55th annual meeting, which will be held from Thursday, May 16, to Saturday, May 18, 2019. More details (invited speakers, call for papers, etc.) will follow.

Invited speakers: 

Michael Arbib (University of Southern California)
Elabbas Benmamoun (Duke University)
Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University)
Yaroslav Gorbachov (The University of Chicago)
Wendy Sandler (University of Haifa)
Ianthi Maria Tsimpli (Cambridge University)

Call for Papers:

The Chicago Linguistic Society invites abstracts in any area of current research on linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics, as well as related topics in the biological, cognitive, and social sciences. We particularly encourage submissions relevant to this year’s proposed special sessions, listed below. Accepted participants will be allotted 20 minutes to present and 10 minutes to answer questions. Presented papers will be published in the CLS proceedings. This year’s conference features a poster session; those presenting a poster may be chosen as alternates for talks, and the poster presentations will be published as regular papers in the proceedings.

Special Topics: 

Brain and language
Endangered languages
Language acquisition
Sign language linguistics
Phylogenetic emergence of human languages

For more information on the special sessions, please visit:

Abstract Guidelines: 

Submissions that fail to comply with any of the following guidelines will be automatically rejected.

  1. Submit abstracts in PDF format with the filename PaperTitle.pdf.
  2. Include the paper title and keywords (i.e., CLS session title, linguistic subfield(s), language(s)/ language family) within the abstract.
  3. Limit abstracts to two letter-sized pages in length, including data and references. Use one-inch margins and a font size no smaller than 11 point. Incorporate data into the main text of the abstract, not on a separate page.
  4. Anonymize submissions by not including author name(s) in the abstract or filename.
  5. Use the EasyChair platform ( for the submission of abstracts.
  6. Restrict submissions to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author.

Important Dates: 

Submission deadline: January 23, 2019 by 11:59 PM CST
Notification: March 2, 2019
Conference dates: May 16-18, 2019

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