Conference: GLOW 44

The 44th GLOW Colloquium will be held fully online, synchronously over three days, tentatively April 15–17, 2021, and organized by the GLOW Board.

Conference website:

For 2021, we are planning a synchronous event where GLOW-minded linguists can meet virtually and have GLOW-minded discussions in the most conducive format, given the circumstances. For this reason, we have also taken the decision to propose an entirely new flavour of main session talk, to provoke high level discussion and theorizing, and to have something different to offer in 2021: targeted debates. Targeted debates are joint talks that present contrasting analytical proposals to a particular concrete empirical problem, in any area of linguistics. Traditional research contributions are also sought, to be presented as lightning talks and in an online poster session. Abstracts for both types of contributions are due December 15.


  • Abstract deadline: December 15, 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance: February 1, 2021
  • Meeting: April 15–17, 2021 (tentative)

Call for papers

GLOW 44 will be held online, synchronously, in early April 2021 (tentatively April 15–17). We hereby solicit abstracts for that meeting. The format for GLOW 44 will consist of:

  • traditional research contributions selected for 5 minute lightning talks and presentation in a live poster session and
  • a main session consisting of “duels of ideas” or targeted debates: joint talks (1 hour session including 20 min for discussion) that present contrasting analytical proposals to a particular concrete empirical problem, in any area of linguistics.

Abstracts for traditional research contributions (to be presented as a lightning talk and online poster presentation) should be two pages on A4/USLetter paper with 1 inch margins and 12pt font, and anonymous.

Targeted debate proposal abstracts should be up to two pages, and organized as follows:

  1. Statement and motivation of the question (up to 200 words)
  2. Presentation of the A perspective (up to 200 words)
  3. Presentation of the B perspective (up to 200 words)
  4. Relevance of the question for linguistic theory (up to 200 words)

A third page with references should also be added.

Targeted debate proposal abstracts must involve at least two linguists, and should be thought of as an invitation to substantive discussion leading potentially to an understanding of the kinds of venues and future research that might lead to a resolution or dissolution of the issue. Targeted debate proposal abstracts should also be anonymous, but upon acceptance, we will ask which author(s) will present side A and which will present side B. We envisage these targeted debates as new engagements rather than summaries of past interactions between scholars, and therefore the talk proposed should not be based on research that has already been published or is already close to publication. Reviewers will be instructed to choose main session presentations based on theoretical interest, clear framing of the issues, and potential for original and constructive interactions.

Submission link, for both types of abstracts:

Abstract deadline (both formats): Dec 15

Notification of Acceptance: Feb 1

An individual may submit up to one single or coauthored traditional research abstract and up to one (necessarily coauthored) targeted debate proposal abstract. The content of traditional research abstracts and duel proposal abstracts may overlap. The abstracts will be reviewed by a distinct pool of reviewers.