Winter 2021 Meeting

January 7-10, 2021

Online (Virtual Platform)

The annual winter meeting of SSILA will be held online on a virtual platform on January 7-10, 2021. SSILA meetings allow scholars to present on a wide range of topics centered on any aspect of Indigenous American languages.

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Call for Organized Session Proposals (back to top)

(The call for organized session proposals is now closed.)

SSILA welcomes proposals for organized sessions.  This is an opportunity for researchers to present a series of presentations that revolve around a single typological, methodological or areal theme.  The presentations must be based on original research focusing on the linguistic study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas.

Organized sessions involve more than one scholar and are expected to make a distinctive and creative contribution to the meeting. Proposals for organized sessions are NOT reviewed anonymously. These sessions may include a symposium (several presentations focused on a specific theme), a workshop (presentations with invited discussants), a tutorial, a datablitz, and other types of sessions with a clear, specific, and coherent rationale.

Deadline: May 1 @ 11:59 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian time

See the Organized Sessions guidelines for more details on the format of an organized session and how to submit a proposal.

Call for Papers (back to top)

Abstract Submission
The deadline for receipt of all abstracts is on July 17th at 11:59PM (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 ( Abstracts may be submitted in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

The EasyChair submission page address is

Abstracts must conform to the guidelines below.

General Requirements

  1. 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 ( (Note: Membership of LSA is not required for participation in SSILA sessions.
  2. Any member may submit one single-author abstract and one multi-author abstract OR two multi-author abstracts.
  3. 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.
  4. Papers must be delivered as projected in the abstract or represent bona fide developments of the same research.
  5. Papers must not appear in print before the meeting.
  6. All presenters of individual papers must register for the meeting if their papers are accepted.
  7. Authors who must withdraw from the program should inform the SSILA Program Committee Administrator ( as soon as possible.
  8. Authors may not submit identical abstracts for presentation at the SSILA meeting and the LSA meeting or a meeting of one of the Sister Societies (ADS, ANS, NAAHoLS, SPCL, TALE).Authors who are discovered to have done so will have these abstracts removed from consideration. Authors may submit substantially different abstracts for presentation at the SSILA meeting and the LSA or a Sister Society meeting.

Abstract Format
Please also see the section below, “Abstract Submission,” for important information about long and short abstracts.

  1. Abstracts should be uploaded as a file in PDF format to the abstract submittal form on the EasyChair website.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Abstracts which do not conform to these format guidelines will be rejected without being evaluated.

Abstract Contents

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 there be reflection on the social outcomes/impacts/implication of the work, 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:

  1. State the problem or research question raised by prior work, with specific reference to relevant prior research.
  2. Give a clear indication of the nature and source of your data (primary fieldwork, archival research, secondary sources).
  3. State the main point or argument of the proposed presentation.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. State the contribution to linguistics made by the analysis and state the social outcomes/impacts/implications of the work (which may be positive, neutral or negative, immediate or potential). Consideration of the social outcomes/impacts/implications of the work might focus on the specific topic under consideration or take into account the broader scope of a project. Effects might take a while to be felt, and might be nuanced with respect to who is influenced and how. Implications are likely to relate to the social significance to the language community, such as the project’s capacity for developing tools for pedagogy or revitalization, valorizing the language within a broader social context, or (perhaps at the same time) introducing points of tension regarding approaches to language teaching. They might also include bringing a situation regarding a language community’s status to wider attention, educating the public regarding language endangerment and its significance, promoting the application of Native ways of knowing in linguistic research or community-related goals.
  7. Please include a list of references for any work cited in the abstract. The references can be on a second page.

Categories of Presentation

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:

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.

Abstract Submission

Submissions for the SSILA Annual Meeting require two abstracts:

Short Abstract. This abstract should be no more than 100 words and will be used in the meeting handbook. In EasyChair, you will paste this abstract into the “Abstract” box under the Title and Abstract heading.

Long Abstract. This abstract is the one that will be evaluated for inclusion in the meeting program.The long abstract should be a PDF file. In EasyChair, you will select the PDF file containing your abstract to upload at the “Long Abstract” prompt under the “Files” heading

Detailed Instructions for Using EasyChair

The submission process requires two stages:
1. Create your own EasyChair account
2. Submitting your abstract(s)

1. Creating an account in EasyChair:
• Go to the EasyChair site:
• Click “Signup” at the top right corner of the page and follow the instructions for entry into the system.
• Enter your name and e-mail address and click “Continue”
• Check your e-mail: You will receive a message from EasyChair. Follow the instructions there.
• Make a note of your user name and password for future reference.

2. Submitting your abstracts
Go to the SSILA 2021 submission page:

Log in using the username and password you just established.
Click “New Submission”. On the page that appears, you will need to identify the author(s), title, keywords, and submission groups of the proposed paper, and submit your short abstract and long abstract (see clarification above).

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 and Abstract and Other Information
▪ Enter the title of the paper.
▪ Enter the short abstract. If your paper is accepted, this short abstract will appear in the Meeting Handbook. Cut and paste the abstract into the text box provided. Maximum length is 100 words.
[If your short abstract requires special characters, please also send it as a PDF file to the SSILA Program Committee Administrator at]

Enter the 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.

▪ The long 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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Please contact if you have any questions about or difficulty with your abstract submission.

Updated: June 19, 2020 — 10:44 am