Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, Winter Meeting 2024 (SPCL_Winter_2024)

Jan. 5, 2024 - Jan. 6, 2024


The 2024 Winter Meeting of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics will be held online (new venue) from January 5 to January 6, 2024.

Abstracts for papers on the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicon, or any other issue pertaining to the linguistic study of Pidgins, Creoles and other contact varieties are invited for anonymous review.

Submission instructions:

Abstracts: An abstract of approximately 500 words should be submitted using EasyAbs:

After your title, clearly identify the area in which your submission should be reviewed (e.g., morphology, sociolinguistics). Please do not include your name or other revelatory information in the abstract.

The abstract submission deadline is October 22, 2023. Acceptance notification will be sent by November 15, 2023. See below for information about the makeup of the abstract.

Panel proposals: Ideally, there should be no more than four papers in each panel. Each panel participant should submit an abstract and include the name of the panel in their abstract. Panel organizers should submit the following information to [email protected]: The name of the panel, a summary of the panel, the name of each member & their affiliation, and the presentation order.

Organization of the Abstract
Many abstracts are rejected because they omit crucial information rather than because of errors in what they include. A suggested outline for abstracts follows:
1. Choose a title that clearly indicates the topic of the paper and is no more than one line long;
2. In the abstract, state the topic clearly;
3. Make reference to prior work on the topic;
4. When essential to the clarity of the argumentation, present linguistic data (with glosses). Explain abbreviations at their first occurrence;
5. If the paper presents the results of experiments, but the collection of results is not yet complete, present the provisional results in detail. Also indicate the nature of the experimental design and the specific hypothesis tested;
6. State the relevance of your hypothesis to past work. Describe the analysis in as much detail as possible. Avoid vague or unsubstantiated statements;
7. State the contribution to linguistic research made by the analysis;
8. Citation of the relevant literature is essential within the abstract; however, the inclusion of a list of references at the end of the abstract is not obligatory.

Assessment of Abstracts
Abstracts will be assessed on the basis of the following three criteria:
1. The relevance and significance of the proposed topic and/or the originality of the study.
2. The argumentation (including the clarity of the argument and the results/ conclusions).
3. Knowledge of the relevant research literature and theory.

Submissions open: July 27, 2023 - Oct. 10, 2023

Abstract review period: Oct. 11, 2023 - Nov. 15, 2023

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