Call for papers: SALT 31

Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) is the premiere North American conference on semantics in linguistic theory. The 31st SALT will take place on May 7-9 at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. We anticipate that it will be wholly or mostly online, although the final decision on that will be made by early November. There will definitely be at least the option for online presentations and posters, so potential presenters should keep this in mind. The online platform will be Zoom.

Conference website:

Invited speakers

  • David Barner
  • Seth Cable
  • Elin McCready
  • Roumyana Pancheva

Call for Papers:

We invite submission of abstracts for 30-minute oral presentations (with an additional 10 minutes for questions) or posters on any topic in natural language semantics with relevance to linguistic theory.

Submission Details: Abstracts are due at 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time on the night of December 6, and should be submitted via Easychair at We expect to notify authors of their acceptance in early February.


  • Abstracts must be anonymous.
  • The main text should be at most 2 pages (US Letter or A4) in length, with an optional third page for glossed examples, references, or figures. (Note, use a third page for examples only when they are non-English examples and are glossed.)
  • The abstract should use a 12pt font and 1 inch margins (for US Letter) or 3 cm margins (for A4) on all four sides.
  • The abstract must be submitted as a single PDF file. These limitations will be strictly enforced.
  • In addition to the intellectual interest of the abstract, clarity and readability will also be taken into account in reviewing.
  • Submitters should indicate what is the language, languages, or language family studied in the paper (including the case of abstracts on English).

SALT 31 will feature a poster session. Poster presentations will be published as regular papers in the proceedings. Poster presenters will give short lightening talks ahead of the poster session. The exact format of the poster session and the lightening talks will be announced closer to the time as we explore options for taking full advantage of the virtual format.


  • Authors may be involved in at most two abstracts and may be the sole author of at most one abstract.
  • SALT does not accept papers that at the time of the conference have been published or have been accepted for publication.
  • In addition, preference will be given to presentations that are not duplicated at other major conferences.
  • If the work or a close variant of it is under submission to or accepted for publication or presentation in any other major venue (such as a national or international conference or a journal/book chapter), we request that the authors create a small section titled “Additional Submission” after the references at the end of the abstract.
  • This section should include the other venue(s) for which the work has been submitted, the status of those submissions, and an indication of any major aspects of the SALT abstract not submitted elsewhere.
  • We require that authors update us by email if/when there is a relevant change in the status of other submissions.
  • SALT 31 has a code of conduct and by submitting an abstract and by attending the conference, you are agreeing to abide by the code. Please consult the conference website for detailed information.