Conference: LSA 2020

LSA 2020 Annual Meeting
Jan. 2-5, 2020
Location: the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Conference website:

Call for abstracts:

The LSA invites current and prospective members to submit abstracts for papers and posters to be presented at its 2020 Annual Meeting.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Monday, 24 June 2019, 11:59 PM US Eastern Time. Technical support for abstract submission will not be available after 5:00 p.m. on June 24th.  Late abstracts will not be considered, whatever the reason for the delay.  Please contact or phone 202-835-1714 for assistance.

We encourage those considering a submission to view our model sample abstracts, revisit the recently held webinar on “Abstract Writing: How to Convince in a Page,” and read more about the 2020 Annual Meeting.

The Program Committee requires that the subject matter be linguistic and that the abstract be coherent and in accord with published specifications. In 2020, there will be no more than six (6) simultaneous sessions of regular papers in each time block. As in the past, there is no upper limit on the number of papers in any subarea. Each abstract will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee and by expert external reviewers. The members of the Program Committee accept and reject abstracts based on the ratings assigned by the reviewers.  The Program Committee then meets to assemble the final program and arrange each paper and poster session.

Read more about submitting an abstract for the Five-minute Linguist, a continuing special plenary event at the LSA Annual Meeting, now in its fourth year.

General Requirements

  1. Abstracts for 20-minute papers and for posters must be submitted electronically between May 1 and June 24, 2019, using the link available on the LSA website.  LSA members will see a green “Submit Abstract” button below their names upon logging in.
  2. The submitting author must be a member of the Linguistic Society. Nonmembers may join here.
  3. Any member may submit one single-author abstract. There is no limit on the number of co-authored abstracts. An organized session paper or poster counts as a multi-author abstract submission.
  4. Authors are expected to present their own papers and posters.
  5. After an abstract has been submitted, no changes of author, affiliation, title, or wording of the abstract, other than those due to typographical errors, are permitted.
  6. Papers and posters must be delivered as projected in the abstract or represent bona fide developments of the same research.
  7. Authors should not submit abstracts for research that has already been presented at other major conferences or which has been published in a journal, as a book chapter, or in conference proceedings.
  8. Presenters must pre-register for the meeting.
  9. Authors may not submit identical abstracts for presentation at the LSA meeting and a meeting of one of the Sister Societies (ADS, ANS, NAAHoLS, NARNiHS, SCiL, SPCL, SSILA).  Authors who are discovered to have done so will have both abstracts removed from consideration.  Authors may submit substantially different abstracts for presentation at the LSA meeting and a Sister Society meeting.

Abstract Format Guidelines

  1. Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format.
  2. Abstracts must have no more than 500 words of narrative text. Titles, examples, trees, tables, figures, captions, and separate references do not count toward this 500 word limit, although inline citations and examples within the text do.  The title of the abstract should appear at the top of the page but does not count as part of the 500-word limit.
  3. Abstracts must fit on one 8.5×11 page, with margins no smaller than 1/2 inch and font no smaller than 10 point.  No exceptions to these requirements are allowed. This means that all content (narrative text, titles, examples, trees, tables, figures, captions, and references) must fit on one page.
  4. Your name should only appear on the Abstract Submittal Form. If you identify yourself in any way on the abstract itself (e.g. “In Smith (1992)…I”), the abstract will be rejected without being evaluated. In addition, be sure to anonymize your .pdf document by clicking on “File,” then “Properties,” removing your name if it appears in the “Author” line, and resaving before uploading it.  Contact the LSA if you have difficulty anonymizing your .pdf as described above.  In addition, be aware that abstract file names are not automatically anonymized.  Please do not use your name (e.g. Smith LSA Abstract 2018) when saving your abstract in .pdf format, but rather. use non-identifying information (e.g., First Words of Abstract LSA 2018).
  5. Abstracts that do not conform to the format guidelines will not be considered.
  6.  Authors of all abstracts will be required to submit a shorter version of their abstract, intended for publication in the Meeting Handbook, if the abstract is accepted.

Special Call for Posters

To close the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL), the Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP) of the LSA and the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) would like to highlight the projects and initiatives that different groups and communities from around the world have engaged in to celebrate IYIL 2019. We invite you to submit a poster that focuses on the IYIL-related work of your group to discuss it with annual meeting attendees. Please choose the IYIL abstract category during your submission.