Call for Abstracts 2021

Call for Abstracts
NARNiHS 2021
North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics
Third Annual Meeting

In light of the current global health emergency, our 2021 Annual Meeting will be taking place as an 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, and we encourage our fellow historical sociolinguists, and scholars from related fields, from Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Central and South America (in addition to North America) to join us for our Third Annual Meeting.

Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 11:59 PM US Eastern Time.

Please see our call for abstracts below and send us your latest work in historical sociolinguistics!

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The North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS) is accepting abstracts for its Third Annual Meeting, Friday, January 8 – Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

As NARNiHS is a Sister Society of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), this meeting will partially overlap with the 2021 LSA Annual Meeting.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 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 should clearly articulate how the research in the presentation advances knowledge in the field of historical sociolinguistics. Authors should be explicit about which theoretical frameworks, methodological protocols, and analytical strategies are being applied or critiqued; and data sources and examples should be sufficiently (if briefly) presented so as to allow reviewers a full understanding of the scope and claims of the research.

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 and posters.

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 8.5×11 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) Your name should only appear in the online form accompanying your abstract submission. If you identify yourself in any way on the abstract itself (including indirect identification, e.g. “In Bly (1992)…I”), the abstract will be rejected without being evaluated. In addition, be sure to anonymize your PDF document by clicking on “File”, then “Properties”, removing your name if it appears in the “Author” line of the “Description” tab, and re-saving before submitting it. Please be aware that abstract file names are not automatically anonymized; do not use your name (e.g. Smith_Abstract2019.pdf) when saving your abstract in PDF format, but rather, use non-identifying information (e.g. HistSoc4Lyfe_NARNiHS2021.pdf).

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