The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Information on SSILA 2016

SSILA 2016

January 7-10, 2016

Washington, DC

Deadline for abstracts: August 1, 2015

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Call for Papers includes guidelines for submission and link to EasyChair

Instructions for submitting abstracts via EasyChair

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The annual winter meeting of SSILA will be held jointly with the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Marquis, January 7-10, 2016. Information about the hotel and location can be found at the LSA website (  Participants will be able to preregister for the meeting and reserve hotel rooms on-line at the LSA site after September 1.

SSILA welcomes abstracts for papers, posters, and organized sessions that present original research focusing on the linguistic study of the indigenous languages of the Americas.

Abstract Submission

The deadline for receipt of all abstracts and session proposals is midnight (the end of the day) August 1st. 

Abstracts should be submitted electronically.  Instructions on submission are provided at SSILA 2016.  Also, e-mail or hard-copy submissions will be accepted if arrangements are made in advance with the SSILA Executive Secretary ( Abstracts may be submitted in either English, Spanish or Portuguese.

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, or for participants in organized sessions, 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 Executive Secretary. (Note: Membership in LSA is not required for participation in SSILA sessions.)
  1. Any member may submit one single-author abstract and one multi-author abstract OR two multi-author abstracts.
  1. 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.
  1. Papers or posters must be delivered as projected in the abstract or represent bona fide developments of the same research.
  1. Papers must not appear in print before the meeting.
  1. Handouts, if any, are not to be submitted with abstracts but should be available at the meeting for those listening to the presentation.
  1. All presenters of individual papers or posters and all participants in organized sessions must register for the meeting through LSA.
  1. Authors who must withdraw from the program should inform the SSILA Executive Secretary as soon as possible.
  1. 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 an LSA or Sister Society meeting.
  1. Late abstracts will not be considered, whatever the reason for the delay.

Abstract Format

Please see the document Instructions for submitting abstracts using EasyChair for important information about long and short abstracts.

Full instructions for formatting the long and short abstracts are provided at SSILA 2016.

Abstract Contents

Papers or posters whose main topic does not focus on the indigenous languages of the Americas will be rejected without further consideration by the Program Committee. The Program Committee requires further that the subject matter be linguistic, 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.  Full guidelines can be found in the Call for Papers.

Categories of Presentation

20-Minute Papers. The bulk of the program will consist of 20-minute papers, with 10 additional minutes for discussion. Guidelines for preparing abstracts for these papers appear above.

Posters. Depending on subject and/or content, it may be more appropriate to submit an abstract to the poster session for visual presentation rather than to a 20-minute paper session. In general, the sorts of papers which are most effective as posters are those in which the major conclusions become evident from the thoughtful examination of charts and graphs, rather than those which require the audience to follow a sustained chain of verbal argumentation. Therefore, authors will want to make points in narrative form as brief as possible. A poster should be able to stand alone—that is, be understandable even if the author is not present. Abstracts for posters should follow the same guidelines as those for papers. SSILA poster sessions share space with LSA posters.

Organized Sessions. The deadline for submitting Organized Session proposals has passed.

All participants in organized sessions should submit an abstract of their paper following the submission instructions. Should the organized session not be accepted, the abstracts will be considered instead for the general session.





Updated: July 30, 2015 — 10:42 pm

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