Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

45th Annual Meeting of the
Linguistic Association of the Southwest
September 15-17, 2016
Hosted by The University of Texas at Austin

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.

LASSO sponsors an annual meeting, the International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, and a newsletter. The annual meeting is a three-­day event, which displays around 100 papers plus plenary keynotes and panels.

Call for Papers: General Call

Keynote speaker:
K. David Harrison (Swarthmore College)

Featured Panel:
Revitalization and Endangered Languages

Jenny L. Davis (UI, Urbana-Champain)
Colleen Fitzgerald (UT, Arlington)
Miki Makihara (CUNY, Queens College and Graduate Center)

Conference Theme: Living Language in the Southwest

We welcome abstracts for papers in all areas of linguistics. Abstracts for papers
or panels on linguistic variation and contact, endangered languages, and living
languages in the Southwest, and particularly those with special emphasis on
Indigenous languages found in the Southwest U.S., are especially welcome.
Proposals for complete panels with multiple speakers are also welcome but must
fit within the 90 minutes time frame of the conference presentations.
Submissions by graduate students are especially welcome, and students are
eligible for the Helmut Esau Prize, which includes a $400 cash award.

Deadline for abstract/proposal submission is June 1, 2016.
Deadline for panel submission is May 15, 2016.

Presentation format:

Presentation time for papers will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts may be in English or Spanish. Presentations should be given 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.

Abstract format:

Abstracts should be 250-500 words, single-spaced in 12 point Times New
Roman font. Abstracts should summarize the main points and indicate key
aspects of the data and methodology. Use of special font items should be kept to
a minimum. In general, omit the bibliography. Abstracts will be distributed via the
Internet as received. At the beginning of the abstract, write the title of the paper.
At the end of the abstract, repeat the title and also list the author's name (if more
than one author, list names in the order they should appear in the program),
academic affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, cellular phone number,
and e-mail. If the first author, who will be point of contact for the submission, will
not be available at his/her usual address or e-mail during the summer, provide
summer contact information in the cover e-mail.

Abstract submission:

Abstracts should be submitted via EasyAbs:
as a .pdf, .txt, or .doc file. Special font items travel best in a .pdf file.

Authors will receive a reply notifying them that their abstracts are under
consideration. If such notification has not been received within one week, the
abstract did not reach its destination and should be resent. Authors will be
notified by late July as to whether their papers have been accepted.

For questions regarding abstracts or the conference program, please contact the
program committee chair José E. Hernandez at For all
other questions, please contact the site committee chair Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana

LASSO membership:

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 online. Membership includes a subscription to the
International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest.

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