53rd Annual Conference of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) (lasso-53)

Sept. 26, 2024 - Sept. 28, 2024


LASSO, the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, invites abstract submissions for single-paper presentations and group panels for its 53rd Annual Meeting to be held at the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown campus on September 26-28, 2024. The Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) is a linguistics association in the United States whose purpose is the advancement of the scientific study of language. While many of our members study the languages of the southwestern United States, LASSO has an international focus; it draws its membership and includes linguistic scholarship from any language and any region in the world. For this year's conference, we welcome papers in all areas of linguistic inquiry including, but not limited to, language variation and change, contact, planning and policy, attitudes and ideologies, syntax, morphology, phonetics, phonology, and teaching methodologies. This year’s theme is dialect contact, leveling, and change. As such, we especially encourage submission of papers addressing these phenomena.

Submission instructions:

Abstracts may be written in English or Spanish. Presentations should be delivered in the same language as the abstract. Only one abstract as single author and a second as co-author will be accepted from any one individual. Presentation time for papers will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Proposals for complete panels with multiple speakers are also welcome, but must fit within a 90-minute time frame. Abstracts should be 250-500 words, single-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font, and should summarize the main points and indicate key aspects of the data and methodology. Use of special fonts should be kept to a minimum. In general, omit the bibliography.

Submissions by graduate students are especially welcome. By presenting at LASSO, graduate students are eligible for the Helmut Esau Prize, which includes a $400 award. Participation in LASSO is a privilege of membership. This means that an individual must be a current member in order to present a paper and be listed in the conference program. You may fill out a membership form at the same time you register for the conference at lassoling.org/membership/.

Deadline for single-paper submissions is May 31, 2024

Deadline for panel submissions is May 15, 2024

Submissions open: Feb. 7, 2024 - May 31, 2024

Abstract review period: June 3, 2024 - June 10, 2024

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