LINGUIST List 32.3614

Tue Nov 16 2021

Calls: General Linguistics, Language Documentation/USA

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 14-Nov-2021
From: Wilson D. L. Silva <>
Subject: Symposium on American Indian Languages
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Full Title: Symposium on American Indian Languages
Short Title: SAIL

Date: 15-Apr-2022 - 16-Apr-2022
Location: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
Contact Person: Wilson Silva
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Documentation

Call Deadline: 02-Jan-2022

Meeting Description:

The Symposium for American Indian Languages (SAIL) is dedicated to discussion of the documentation & description, conservation, and vitalization of the Indigenous languages of the Americas.

SAIL provides a forum for the exchange of scholarly research. It 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, reclamation vitalization.

SAIL welcomes the active participation of Indigenous communities, Native language speakers, and those interested in reclamation, vitalization and preservation of their heritage languages and cultures.

Plenary Speakers:

Dr. Kathryn Pewenofkit Briner (Comanche Nation Language Department, USA)
Dr. B'alam Eladio Mateo Toledo (CIESAS - Mexico)
Dr. Katherine Bolaños (Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia)

Call for Papers:

Abstracts can be submitted for any of these three sessions:

Special Session: Indigenous Languages Writing in Language Reclamation

We invite the submission of papers that explore the role of writing for language reclamation and language vitalization efforts. Some topics we are interested in exploring in this Special Session include:
Children and/or adult literacy pedagogy
Orthography development
Writing and language policy
Developing and teaching writing in multilingual contexts
Role of linguistics in orthography development
Non-linguistic factors involved in orthography development

Parasession: Language Documentation, Description, & Theory

The parasession welcomes papers on language documentation, revitalization, and descriptive and/or theoretical work (phonology, morphosyntax, semantics, pragmatics), historical linguistics, anthropological linguistics, etc.) that draw their data from community-based participatory research.
(In line with our goals of reaching out to Indigenous communities, we encourage scholars to present their descriptive & theoretical work in a way that informs on the community efforts to revitalize/maintain their language).

Poster Session:

We welcome research on any topic covering American Indian languages (e.g., language documentation, description & theory, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, fieldwork, language revitalization, teaching pedagogy, language policy, community-based programs, use of digital technologies for language documentation and language revitalization). Indigenous communities are also encourage to present and promote their language revitalization/maintenance initiatives.


Abstracts should be up to 500 words or less (excluding examples and/or references). Abstracts should include the following information:

- Title of paper
- Name of author(s) and Institutional/Tribal affiliation (if any)
- Author status (undergraduate/graduate student; post-doc; faculty; and/or member of an Indigenous community)
- Session you wish to present (special session / parasession / poster session)

Oral presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Special Session and Parassession are limited to 30 minutes. The Special session and Parassesion will take place at the same time.

The Poster Session will run for 60 minutes. It provides an opportunity for more open-ended, two-way communication with the audiences (undergraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for this session).

Please submit your abstract in PDF format by email to sail.uarizona AT (with the subject: “Abstract - SAIL 2022'')
Submission deadline: Sunday, January 2, 2022.
Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 17, 2022.

Page Updated: 16-Nov-2021