Call for Abstracts 2025

Call for Abstracts

NARNiHS 2025
North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics
Seventh Annual Meeting

Co-Located with the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Annual Meeting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
9-12 January 2025

We encourage our fellow historical sociolinguists and scholars from related fields from our global scholarly community (in addition to North America) to join us in Philadelphia for our Seventh Annual Meeting.

Abstract submission deadline:  Friday, 16 August 2024, 11:59 PM US Eastern Time

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

————— Call for Abstracts —————

The North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS) is accepting abstracts for its Seventh Annual Meeting (NARNiHS 2025), Thursday, January 9 – Sunday, January 12, 2025

Deadline for receipt of abstracts:  Friday, 16 August 2024, 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 both 20-minute papers and posters. Please note that, at the NARNiHS annual meeting, poster presentations are an integral part of the conference (not second-tier presentations). Abstracts will be assigned a paper or a poster presentation based on determinations in the review process about the most effective format for the submission. However, if you prefer that your submission be considered primarily for poster presentation, please specify this in your abstract.

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.

Abstracts should also be anonymized to allow for blind peer review. Abstracts should also be anonymized to allow for blind peer review. Failure to adhere to these criteria will significantly increase the likelihood of non-acceptance (see also point (c) below).

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) Specify in the abstract if you prefer that your submission be considered primarily for a poster presentation.

5) 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.

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

7) Authors are expected to attend the conference and present their own papers and posters. This will not be a hybrid event.

Abstract Format Guidelines:

a) Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format.

b) 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.

c) Anonymize your abstract. We realize that sometimes it is not possible to attain complete anonymity, but 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…”). In addition, be sure to anonymize your PDF file (you may do so in Adobe Acrobat Reader 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 might not be automatically anonymized by the system; do not use your name (e.g. Smith_Abstract.pdf) when saving your abstract in PDF format, rather, use non-identifying information (e.g. HistSoc4Lyfe_NARNiHS.pdf). Your name should only appear in the online form accompanying your abstract submission. 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.

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