LINGUIST List 32.2243

Thu Jul 01 2021

Calls: Hist Ling, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 01-Jul-2021
From: Mark Richard Lauersdorf <>
Subject: Fourth Annual Meeting of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics
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Full Title: Fourth Annual Meeting of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics
Short Title: NARNiHS 2022

Date: 07-Jan-2022 - 11-Jan-2022
Location: Online, USA
Contact Person: Mark Richard Lauersdorf
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 27-Sep-2021

Meeting Description:

The North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS) is holding its Fourth Annual Meeting, Friday, January 7 - Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

Despite recent improvements in pandemic indicators in some parts of the world, travel restrictions and health concerns continue for many communities as of the summer of 2021. In light of these concerns, our NARNiHS 2022 Annual Meeting will be taking place as an *entirely online event*. This presents a great opportunity for scholars in historical sociolinguistics from all over the world to participate as presenters and/or attendees without the limitations imposed by international travel. We encourage our fellow historical sociolinguists and scholars from related fields from our global scholarly community (in addition to North America) to join us online for our Fourth Annual Meeting.

Since NARNiHS is a Sister Society of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), this meeting will partially overlap with the LSA 2022 Annual Meeting. The NARNiHS 2022 Annual Meeting, however, will be organized independently - please note that participation in the NARNiHS 2022 Annual Meeting does not grant attendance and/or participation rights to the LSA 2022 Annual Meeting.

Call for Papers:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Monday, 27 September 2021, 11:59 PM US Eastern Time.

Late abstracts will not be considered.

NARNiHS welcomes abstracts in all areas of historical sociolinguistics, which is understood as the application/development of sociolinguistic theories, models, and methods for the study of historical language variation and change over time, or more broadly, the study of the interaction of language and society in historical periods and from historical perspectives. Thus, a wide range of linguistic areas, subdisciplines, and methodologies easily find their place within the field, and we encourage submission of abstracts that reflect this broad scope.

Abstracts will be accepted for 20-minute presentations to be delivered ''live'' through an online video-conferencing platform.

Abstracts will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- explicit discussion of which theoretical frameworks, methodological protocols, and analytical strategies are being applied or critiqued;
- sufficient (if brief) presentation of data sources and examples to allow reviewers a clear understanding of the scope and claims of the research;
- clear articulation of how the research advances knowledge in the field of historical sociolinguistics.
Failure to adhere to these criteria will increase the likelihood of non-acceptance.

General Requirements:

1) Abstracts must be submitted electronically, using the following link: .

2) Authors may submit a maximum of two abstracts: one single-author abstract and one co-authored abstract.

3) Authors may not submit identical abstracts for presentation at the NARNiHS meeting and at the LSA Annual Meeting or one of the other LSA Sister Societies (ADS, ANS, NAAHoLS, SCiL, SPCL, SSILA).

4) After an abstract has been submitted, no changes of author, title, or wording of the abstract, other than those due to typographical errors, are permitted. If accepted, authors will be contacted for a final version for the abstract booklet.

5) Papers must be delivered as projected in the abstract or represent bona fide developments of the same research.

6) Authors are expected to attend the conference and present their own papers.

7) Presentations will be delivered via a video-conferencing platform, most likely Zoom. Technical details and instructions regarding the platform for our NARNiHS Annual Meeting will be sent to authors in due time.

8) After acceptance, authors will be given an option to have their live presentation recorded during the meeting and archived for future online viewing.

Abstract Format Guidelines:

1) Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format.

2) Abstracts must fit on one standard 8.5x11 inch page, with margins no smaller than 1 inch and a font style and size no smaller than Times New Roman 12 point. All additional content (visualizations, trees, tables, figures, captions, examples, and references) must fit on a single (1) additional page. No exceptions to these requirements are allowed.

3) Anonymize your abstract. There is a difference between ''inability to anonymize completely'' (due to the nature of the research) and ''careless non-anonymizing'' (for example: ''In Jones 2021, I describe...''). Anonymize your PDF file (click on File, then Properties, removing your name if it appears in the Author line of the Description tab, and re-saving before submitting it). Do not use your name in the filename (e.g. Smith_Abstract.pdf), rather, use non-identifying information (e.g. HistSoc4Lyfe_NARNiHS.pdf). Papers that are not sufficiently anonymized wherever possible (whether in the text of the abstract or in the metadata of the digital file) risk being rejected.

Contact us at with any questions.

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