LINGUIST List 31.1650

Mon May 18 2020

Calls: Anthro Ling, Gen Ling, Hist Ling, Lang Document, Socioling/USA or Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 17-May-2020
From: Josh Brown <>
Subject: 11th Annual Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas
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Full Title: 11th Annual Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas
Short Title: WILA

Date: 08-Oct-2020 - 10-Oct-2020
Location: Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Contact Person: Kelly Biers
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jul-2020

Meeting Description:

The Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas is an annual conference focused on heritage language research. WILA began in 2010 as a conference on ''Investigating Immigrant Languages in America'' at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then, its host university has alternated between the United States and abroad.

In the aftermath of immigration, new generations often speak “heritage languages”, a notion Rothman (2009) defines in this way: “A language qualifies as a heritage language if it is a language spoken at home or otherwise readily available to young children, and crucially this language is not a dominant language of the larger (national) society”. Heritage languages have only recently become a major topic of interest among linguists, explored for their implications for linguistic theory, especially in terms of acquisition, attrition, and change. This workshop aims to promote discussion of heritage languages in the Americas across different language, subfields, and theoretical persuasions.

Call for Papers:

It is unclear at this point in time whether we will be able to hold an in-person event for the 11th Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas due to the coronavirus pandemic. We would hate, however, to have to miss our annual opportunity to share research findings, not to mention the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. For those reasons, we will go ahead with planning WILA, with the understanding that it may have to be partly or entirely virtual.

We invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions) and posters on any aspect of the linguistics of heritage languages in the Americas (e.g., structural, generative, historical, sociolinguistic, or experimental). Abstracts should be no more than one page in length, but may include a second page with diagrams, charts, and references. Abstracts can be submitted via EasyAbs (

Selected papers (following a review process) from the conference will be published with Cascadilla Press.

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