LINGUIST List 30.4132

Fri Nov 01 2019

Calls: General Linguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 29-Oct-2019
From: Lefteris Paparounas <>
Subject: 44th Penn Linguistics Conference
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Full Title: 44th Penn Linguistics Conference
Short Title: PLC 44

Date: 27-Mar-2020 - 29-Mar-2020
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Contact Person: Lefteris Paparounas
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 11-Nov-2019

Meeting Description:

The 44th annual Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC 44) will take place on March 27-29, 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.

The conference will feature a keynote speech by Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh), as well as a special themed panel on `Rules and Generalizations in Language and the Brain', bringing together invited speakers from linguistics and neuroscience.

PLC 44 welcomes submissions of papers on any topic in linguistics and associated fields, to be presented as a talk or poster. Alongside the main sessions, the conference will feature a special session dedicated to the presentation of undergraduate work.

2nd Call for Papers:

Keynote Speaker:
Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh).

Panel: On the afternoon of Friday, March 27, we will be holding a special themed panel entitled `Rules and Generalizations in Language and the Brain'. In the past hundred years, neuroscientists and linguists have separately discovered a great deal about the structure of the brain and the structure of language. For this year's PLC panel, we will explore what we have learned about how the brain represents the structure of language: how do our brains acquire and use the abstract categories and rules that many linguistic theories propose? The panel will bring together speakers whose work on the brain basis of language is informed by both neuroscience and linguistics.

Panel moderator: Kathryn Schuler (University of Pennsylvania)

Invited Panelists:
William Matchin (University of South Carolina)
Rachel Mayberry (UC San Diego)
One more panelist to be announced

Undergraduate session: PLC 44 will feature a special session devoted to the presentation of undergraduate research. Undergraduate students are warmly encouraged to submit an abstract showcasing their research in any subfield of linguistics and related disciplines.

Submission Guidelines: Papers on any topic in linguistics and associated fields are welcome. Session topics in recent years have included phonology, syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics. We encourage abstracts on both spoken and signed languages. Speakers will have twenty minutes for each presentation, followed by five minutes for discussion and questions. The conference will also include a poster session with catered lunch. Abstracts should indicate whether they are being submitted for consideration as a talk, poster, or both. (See instructions for authors below.)

Deadline: Abstracts are due by November 11, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of January 2020.

Length: Please limit abstracts to two single-spaced pages in 12pt font, including examples, figures, and references. Examples and figures may be interspersed with text. Abstracts should be anonymized: please do not include your name or affiliation within the abstract.

Format: To facilitate the review process, please submit your abstract as a .pdf file.

Instructions for authors: Abstracts are to be submitted via EasyChair ( For detailed instructions on how to submit an abstract, visit the full version of the Call for Papers on the conference website.

Proceedings: Conference proceedings will be published as a volume of the Penn Working Papers in Linguistics. Speakers will be invited to provide camera-ready copies of their papers after the Colloquium.

For More Information:
Conference website:

Penn Linguistics Conference
Department of Linguistics
3401-C Walnut Street
Suite 300, C Wing
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228

This event is supported by funding from SASgov, the student government for graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences; GAPSA, the Graduate and Professional Students' Association at the University of Pennsylvania; the Linguistic Data Consortium; the Integrated Language Science and Technology initiative; and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Linguistics.

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