LINGUIST List 26.4890

Tue Nov 03 2015

Confs: General Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 02-Nov-2015
From: Wilson Silva <>
Subject: Symposium on American Indian Languages
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Symposium on American Indian Languages
Short Title: SAIL

Date: 22-Apr-2016 - 22-Apr-2016
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Contact: Wilson Silva
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The Symposium on American Indian Languages (SAIL) is dedicated to discussion of the documentation, conservation and revitalization of the native languages of the Americas.

SAIL also provides a forum for the exchange of scholarly research on descriptive and/or theoretical linguistics focusing on American Indian languages.

SAIL brings together scholars, members of the indigenous communities, native speakers, educators and language activists who are interested in sharing experiences and best practices on topics related to language documentation, conservation and revitalization.

Building on RIT's rich history of educational outreach to Native American communities, SAIL welcomes the active participation of indigenous communities, native language speakers, and those interested in revitalization and preservation of their heritage languages and cultures.

Call for Papers:

Abstracts are invited for papers on any aspect of American Indian languages.

Special Session: Language Revitalization Strategies in the Americas: Challenges, Success and Pitfalls

The special session will be devoted to papers focusing on language revitalization methods.

Parasession: Documentation, Description & Theory

The parasession welcomes papers on language documentation (especially those that make use of digital technologies), and descriptive and/or theoretical work that draw their data from fieldwork.

All papers will be considered for inclusion in a peer-reviewed publication.

Submission Process:

Abstracts should be up to 500 words or less (excluding examples and/or references) for papers.

Abstracts should include:

- Title
- Name of author(s) and affiliation (if any)
- Session (special or parasession)

Paper presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Please submit your abstract in .pdf format by email to (with the subject: “Abstract - SAIL2016”)

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2016
(Authors will be notified of acceptance by the end of February 2016)

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