Summer 2019 Meeting

July 13–14, 2019

University of California, Davis

Special Session: Broader impacts related to digital resources

Abstract Deadline: March 31, 2019

The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) will hold a summer meeting at the LSA 2019 Linguistic Institute, which will take place at the University of California, Davis.  The meeting will be held on July 13 and July 14 at the UC Davis Conference Center.  SSILA meetings allow scholars to present on a wide range of topics centered on any aspect of Indigenous American languages.

This meeting will host a special session on the broader impact of linguistic work in the Americas.  The social context and collaborative dynamic of every project varies enormously across the continent.  Whereas some communities might focus efforts on language conservation and reclamation, others might consider linguistic work to take a less central role in achieving community goals.  We encourage scholars to submit contributions which explore the ways in which they collaborate with speaker communities and other stakeholders, and what broader impacts their work has had, whether positive or negative.  To further bring this special session in line with the overall theme of 2019 Institute – linguistics in a digital era – we ask that authors focus on broader impacts related to digital resources.

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Call for Papers (back to top)

SSILA welcomes abstracts for papers that present original research focusing on the linguistic study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas. Presenters must be members of SSILA in order to present.

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Scholars who wish to participate in the special session should submit contributions that pertain to the theme, for example by addressing one or more of the following questions:

  • What role do digital technologies play in your research and how do they affect the social context of your work, with a focus on possible negative and neutral impacts as well as positive ones?
  • How are digital resources used to address the goals of both Indigenous communities and academic researchers?
  • In what ways do digital resources mediate the collaboration of university-based and community-based scholars?
  • How can digital resources be deployed to create meaningful and lasting contributions of linguistic research to language communities?

SSILA would like to invite authors to also mention broader impacts of their work (such as support of community goals and desired social outcomes) in their abstracts.

Deadline: March 31st @ 11:59 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian time

Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the electronic submission website EasyChair. Also, e-mail or hard-copy submissions will be accepted if arrangements are made in advance with the SSILA Program Committee Administrator (Martin Kohlberger, email: Abstracts may be submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

For the SSILA Summer 2019 meeting, the submission page is

Abstracts must conform to the guidelines below.

Abstract Guidelines (back to top)

General Requirements (back to top)

  • All authors must be members of SSILA. See the SSILA website for information about membership and renewal. The membership requirement may be waived for co-authors who are from disciplines other than those ordinarily represented by SSILA (linguistics and linguistic anthropology). Requests for waivers of membership must be made by a member of the Society to the SSILA Secretary (Mary Linn) at
  • Any member may submit one single-author abstract and one multi-author abstract OR two multi-author abstracts.
  • 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.
  • Papers must be delivered as projected in the abstract or represent bona fide developments of the same research.
  • Papers must not appear in print before the meeting.
  • Handouts, if any, are not to be submitted with abstracts but should be available at the meeting for those listening to the presentation.
  • There will be a registration fee for presenters not registered at the 2019 Institute.
  • Authors who must withdraw from the program should inform the SSILA Program Committee Administrator (Martin Kohlberger) at as soon as possible.
  • Late abstracts will not be considered, whatever the reason for the delay.

Abstract Format (back to top)

  • Abstracts should be uploaded as a file in PDF format to the abstract submittal form on the EasyChair website.
  • The abstract, including examples as needed, should be no more than one typed page (12pt font, single spaced, with 1-inch margins); a second page may be used for references. Abstracts longer than one page will be rejected without being evaluated.
  • At the top of the abstract, give a title that is not more than one 7-inch typed line and that clearly indicates the topic of the paper.  Below the title and above the abstract text, include the ISO code(s) of any language(s) discussed, as well as a latitude/longitude that is representative of the language/community.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Do not include your name on the abstract. If you identify yourself in any way in the abstract (e.g. “In Smith (1992)…I”), the abstract will be rejected without being evaluated. Of course, it may be necessary to refer to your own work in the third person in order to appropriately situate the research.
  • Abstracts which do not conform to these format guidelines will not be considered.

Abstract Contents (back to top)

Papers whose main topic does not focus on the Indigenous languages of the Americas will be rejected without further consideration by the Program Committee. SSILA requires further that the subject matter be related to linguistics and/or language revitalization, that the research presented include new findings or developments not published before the meeting, that the papers not be submitted with malicious or scurrilous intent, and that the abstract be coherent and in accord with these guidelines.

Abstracts are more often rejected because they omit crucial information rather than because of errors in what they include. The most important criterion is relevance to the understanding of Indigenous languages of the Americas, but other factors are important, too. It is important to present results so that they will be of interest to the whole SSILA (and larger) linguistic community, not just to those who work on the same language or language family that you do.

A suggested outline for abstracts is as follows:

  • State the problem or research question raised by prior work, with specific reference to relevant prior research.
  • Give a clear indication of the nature and source of your data (primary fieldwork, archival research, secondary sources).
  • State the main point or argument of the proposed presentation.
  • Regardless of the subfield, cite sufficient data, and explain why and how they support the main point or argument. For examples in languages other than English, provide word-by-word glosses and underline or boldface the portions of the examples which are critical to the argument.
  • State the relevance of your ideas to past work or to the future development of the field. Describe analyses in as much detail as possible. Avoid saying in effect “a solution to this problem will be presented”. If you are taking a stand on a controversial issue, summarize the arguments that led you to your position.
  • State the contribution to linguistics made by the analysis and state any broader impacts of the work (such as support of community goals and desired social outcomes).
  • Please include a list of references for any work cited in the abstract.  The references can be on a second page.

Categories of Presentation (back to top)

Authors are required to indicate the preferred category of their presentation at the time of submitting the abstract. The program committee will try to accommodate this preference as space and time allow.  The categories to choose from are:

  • Special Session: Broader impacts related to digital resources
  • phonetics
  • phonology
  • morphology
  • syntax
  • semantics
  • historical linguistics
  • sociolinguistics
  • lexicography
  • applied linguistics
  • language revitalization
  • other

Authors will also be able to select the geographic area that the languages discussed in their abstract are/were spoken in.

Instructions for Using EasyChair (back to top)

The submission process requires two stages:

  1. Get your own EasyChair account.
  2. Submit your abstract(s).

Creating an account in EasyChair

  1. Go to the EasyChair website.
  2. Click Sign Up in the top right corner of the page and follow the instructions for entry into the system.
  3. Enter your name and email address and click Continue.
  4. Check your email: You will receive a message from EasyChair. Follow the instructions there.
  5. Make a note of your username and password for future reference.

Submitting Your Abstract(s)

  1. Go to the SSILA Summer 2019 submission page.
  2. Log in using your EasyChair username and password. (If you have recently used EasyChair for another conference, you will be taken to a list of conferences. Choose SSILA 2019 Summer Meeting, and log in as an author.)
  3. Click on New Submission tab at the top left.  On the page that appears, you will need to identify the author(s), title, keywords, topics, and submission groups of the proposed paper, and submit your abstract.


Enter the information requested about the author(s):

  • For yourself, you can click the link at the top of the author box to enter the information from your account profile into the form.
  • For co-authors, type in their information.
  • If there are more than three authors, select Click here to add more authors.
  • Use the ‘corresponding author’ checkboxes to select which author(s) will get e-mail from the EasyChair system and the Program Committee.

Title, Abstract, & Other Information

  • Enter the Title of the paper. This must be not more than one 7-inch typed line.
  • Enter keywords (at least 3, up to 5) that apply to your paper.
  • Under Topics, select the main subfield of the paper (to be used by the program committee to group papers) and the geographic region to which it pertains.

Institute Participation

  • Please indicate whether you are participating at the 2019 Institute as a student or instructor by checking the relevant box.

Upload Abstract

  • The abstract, written according to the guidelines described above, must be uploaded here.
  • Use PDF format.
  • Use the browse button to select your abstract document.
  • Click Submit.

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Questions? Please contact the Program Committee Administrator at if you have questions or difficulty with your abstract submission.

Program (back to top)

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Updated: March 5, 2019 — 2:10 pm