The 15th annual Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas (WILA_15)

Sept. 26, 2024 - Sept. 28, 2024

The Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas (WILA) is an annual conference focusing on research on heritage languages, broadly understood. WILA began in 2010 as a conference on "Investigating Immigrant Languages in America" at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Since then, host universities have alternated between the United States and Europe. Research on (im)migrant and heritage languages in the Americas covers a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including: formal/structural analyses of heritage language grammars; investigations of bilingual grammars and language contact phenomena; study of diachronic language change in extra-territorial varieties; analyses of social, cultural, and political factors affecting language maintenance, shift, and revitalization; acquisition of heritage languages; synchronic variation in heritage languages, and much more. In addition to supporting that breadth of approaches to the study of heritage languages, WILA has also explicitly been a forum to facilitate cross-linguistic comparisons of all sorts, including different languages and dialects, different socio-historical contexts, varied demographic patterns of (im)migration and settlement, and different historical periods up to the present day. WILA 15 will also feature special sessions in collaboration with the North American Research Network on Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS) and the SEC Spanish Consortium, in addition to a special invited panel discussion on linguistic dominance.

Submission instructions:

We invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions) and posters on any aspect of the linguistics of heritage languages in the Americas (e.g., structural, historical, sociolinguistic, or experimental). Abstracts should be anonymous, and should be no longer than a single page. A second page may be included for data, graphics, and references. Please indicate whether you would like your abstract to be considered for the NARNiHS or SEC Spanish Consortium special sessions at WILA 15; and whether you would prefer to present your work as a poster.
Selected papers from the conference will be published. There will be a separate call for papers for the publication.

Submissions open: March 15, 2024 - June 15, 2024

Abstract review period: June 16, 2024 - July 15, 2024

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