Conference: WCCFL 39

The 39th meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), hosted by The University of Arizona’s Department of Linguistics, will take place virtually from April 8 – 11, 2021 (Mountain Standard Time). Information about the call for papers, program, registration, instructions for participants and presenters, and updates on the proceedings to be published after the conference are available here.

Invited speakers:

  • Noam Chomsky – The University of Arizona
  • Keren Rice – University of Toronto
  • Andrew McKenzie – The University of Kansas

Special sessions:

  • Formal Linguistics for Language Reclamation (in conjunction with SAIL 2021)
  • Roots in Linguistic Theory

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Call for papers

Main Session:

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks and posters on all aspects of theoretical linguistics.

Special Sessions:

Formal Linguistics for Language Reclamation:

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute WCCFL talks and posters on work that connects formal linguistics with work on reclaiming languages. This could include reports on work that involves archival materials, community linguistics, language pedagogy, corpus linguistics, engagement with older linguistic research, the creation of annotated textual materials including ILGs, work that incorporates cultural insights, using linguistic analysis to inform or analyze orthographies, using historical linguistics techniques for language reconstruction of sleeping languages, the analysis of grammatical resources used in the construction of names for modern concepts, and more! We plan for this special session to integrate with the Symposium on American Indian Languages, which will he held concurrently with one day of WCCFL, on April 9th.

Roots in Linguistic Theory:

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute WCCFL talks and posters on the status of ‘roots’ in linguistic theory. What are their phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, characteristics? What is their role in language processing and production? How are they acquired? How do they behave in specific linguistic systems — Salishan, Semitic, Athapaskan, Romance, ASL… — and are the items identified as ‘roots’ in each system isomorphic to similar morphs in other systems? Are roots a-categorial? Does every extended projection contain a root? Etc.!

Instructions for Abstract Submissions

  • Abstracts must be inPDF format.
  • Abstracts must not exceed two pages of letter-sized or A4 paper, including data and references.
  • Abstracts should have 1″ margins on all sides, set in a font no smaller than 11 points.
  • Abstracts should have a clear title and should not identify the author(s).
  • Abstracts should indicate whether they are to be considered for presentation as a talk, as a poster, or both.
  • Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author.
  • The abstract must be submitted electronically using EasyChair at

Abstract Submission Deadline

January 13, 2021, by midnight Mountain Standard Time (GMT-7)

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