11th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS11)

April 17, 2024 - April 19, 2024

The International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS) is a biennial conference that brings together scholars and students from around the globe involved in the study of language in society, with a particular focus on Spanish and language contact situations involving Spanish. All fields and methodologies broadly related to sociolinguistics are welcome, including synchronic and diachronic approaches, quantitative and qualitative research, language variation and change, contact linguistics and multilingualism, Spanish in the US and Canada, pidgin and creole studies, language policy and planning, and language attitudes, identities, and ideologies, among many others.

The 2024 conference, its 11th edition, will be held at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York at the heart of the Buffalo-Niagara and western New York binational region, on April 17-19.

Organizing committee:
Adrián Rodríguez Riccelli, Romance Languages & Literatures, University at Buffalo
Colleen Balukas, Romance Languages & Literatures, University at Buffalo
Elizabeth Dudek, Humanities and Social Sciences, D’Youville University

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which the University at Buffalo operates is the territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy. This territory is covered by The Dish with One Spoon Treaty of Peace and Friendship, a pledge to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. It is also covered by the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, between the United States Government and the Six Nations Confederacy, which further affirmed Haudenosaunee land rights and sovereignty in the State of New York. Today, this region is still the home to the Haudenosaunee people, and we are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and share ideas in this territory.

Submission instructions:

We invite abstracts for individual papers (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion), organized panels (3 or 4 participants for a total of 90 minutes or 120 minutes, respectively), and poster presentations. Papers and poster presentations can be delivered in Spanish or English.
In consonance with the varied specializations of the host institution, we additionally invite abstracts and special panel proposals on sociolinguistic approaches to: (i) indigenous languages of the Americas adjacent to and/or in contact with Ibero-Romance varieties, (ii) Ibero-Romance-lexified pidgin and creole languages and/or ‘contact varieties’, and (iii) Lusophone-lexified varieties adjacent to and/or in contact with other Hispano-Romance varieties.

Individual and poster presenters should submit an abstract of 300 words in length. Panel organizers should submit a 300-word description of the panel together with a 300-word abstract for each presentation. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per person. Please DO NOT include any personal information in the abstract file you are uploading. The organizers may choose not to accept your abstract if personal information is in the file.

 The abstract submission has been extended until December 15th, 2023.!

Conference contact: [email protected]

Submissions open: Oct. 24, 2023 - Dec. 15, 2023

Abstract review period: Dec. 16, 2023 - Jan. 16, 2024

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