Call Abstracts @ NWAV 48

The North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics
NARNiHS special sessions at NWAV 48
University of Oregon, 10-13 October 2019

Deadline for submission of abstracts to NARNiHS:

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 11:59 PM US Eastern Time

Late abstracts will not be considered.
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We are soliciting abstracts for NARNiHS-sponsored special session(s) in historical sociolinguistics at NWAV 48. We welcome papers 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. Papers with an explicit focus on this year’s NWAV special topic areas are particularly welcome:

● Variation and change in underdocumented speech communities
● Acquisition of sociolinguistic variation
● Sociolinguistics and the listener
● Computational sociolinguistics

Authors will be notified with a decision about acceptance for inclusion in the NARNiHS @ NWAV special session proposal(s) by Friday, 24 May 2019. Authors whose abstracts are not accepted are encouraged to submit their abstracts for inclusion in the NWAV general sessions by NWAV’s 01 June 2019 deadline (see for details).  Note that acceptance into the NARNiHS-sponsored special session proposal(s) does not guarantee acceptance into NWAV 48, as all special session proposal(s) will be further reviewed by NWAV reviewers for final acceptance into the conference.

General Requirements
1. Abstracts for 20-minute papers must be submitted to NARNiHS electronically, using the following link: .
2. Authors may submit a maximum of two abstracts, one single-authored abstract and one co-authored abstract.
3. Authors are expected to attend the conference and present their own papers.
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 conference program.
5. Papers must be delivered as projected in the abstract or represent bona fide developments of the same research.
6. Authors may not submit identical abstracts for presentation in the NARNiHS-sponsored panel(s) and in the NWAV general sessions.

NWAV Abstract Guidelines
Abstracts should be no more than 500 words, confined to 1 page of text. (Bibliography, glossed/transcribed examples, and images may appear on a second page and do not count toward the word limit.) All abstracts must be submitted in PDF format. Abstracts should be anonymized to omit all information about the author(s).

For your submission to NARNiHS, please note that 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_Abstract.pdf) when saving your abstract in PDF format, but rather, use non-identifying information (e.g. HistSoc4Lyfe_NARNiHS.pdf).