2022 American Dialect Society Conference Call for Papers [updated]

American Dialect Society Annual Meeting

Washington, DC, Washington Hilton, 6-9 January 2022

From Thursday, January 6 through Sunday, January 9, 2022, the American Dialect Society will hold its annual meeting, in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America, in Washington, DC, at the Washington Hilton.

[Added October 14, 2021:] New policies and procedures will make it possible to hold a safe, enjoyable in-person event. Learn more about them.

Monday, August 2, 2021 is the deadline for poster and 20-minute paper proposals.

Proposals should address topics related to English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it. We encourage topics related to language and varieties of English in Washington, D.C. and  Delmarva, as well as lexicography, pedagogy, linguistic atlas projects, linguistic landscapes, non-English dialects, and public language-awareness programs.

Submissions are limited to two per author: one paper and one poster, one of which must be co-authored.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words as a PDF will be submitted, reviewed, and processed for ADS2022 via the EasyChair system using the following website:


Three important notes about submitting through EasyChair, especially if you’ve never done it before: (1) because EasyChair publishes conference proceedings, you’ll see the option to upload a complete paper—just ignore that option; (2) EasyChair is based in England and its clock keeps Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), so submissions will close automatically at 23:59 GMT, which is not a North American end of the day; we recommend submitting your abstract on or before August 1st, because the system will not accept late submissions; and (3) the system will not allow you to upload an abstract longer than 500 words, including title, references, etc. If the system won’t accept your submission, check to see if you’ve inadvertently exceeded the word limit.

We encourage you to propose a presentation for the poster session, which will again be in conjunction with one of the LSA poster sessions. If you would like to present a poster, please say so with your proposal.

Proposals will be judged anonymously by a team of ADS members. If your proposal is accepted, you’ll be asked for an abstract of no more than 100 words for the LSA program.

Presenters must be current members of the American Dialect Society.

Do not send the same proposal to both ADS and LSA, and do not submit proposals based on research that has been previously presented elsewhere.

Panels: The ADS Executive Committee has the following policy regarding panels (besides the teaching panel): only especially timely panels will be considered for the programs of annual meetings. Typically, panels are given an hour and a half to present and are limited to three presenters to allow for an overall introduction, conclusion, and discussion. If you have questions about the policy or would like to propose an especially timely panel, please contact Kathryn Remlinger: remlingk@gvsu.edu.

Audio-visual equipment: An LCD projector with sound will be available for all presentations, along with a microphone. If you will need other equipment, please say so when you send your proposal.

Schedule: The meeting will begin on Thursday afternoon, January 6 with the Executive Council and annual business meeting, followed by program sessions. The Words of the Year nominations will be held Thursday evening with the The Words of the Year vote in the early evening of Friday, January 7. The meeting will end early afternoon on Sunday, January 9.

Session chairs: If you’re interested in chairing a session, contact Kathryn Remlinger: remlingk@gvsu.edu.

Travel grants for students: Two travel grants of $500 each will be awarded at the meeting to students whose papers or posters have been chosen for the program. Please send nominations in the form of a letter to ADS Vice President and Program Chair, Kathryn Remlinger: remlingk@gvsu.edu. The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2021. Nominations will not be accepted after this date.

Travel grant for an ADS member: The eighth annual Audrey Duckert Memorial Travel Award of $500 to attend the Annual Meeting will be given to an ADS member. Audrey Duckert was a long-time member of ADS and co-founder of the Dictionary of American Regional English. The recipient will be chosen by ADS President, Michael Adams: adamsmp@indiana.edu. Applications in the form of a letter to President Adams are due November 1, 2021. Applications sent after this date will not be considered.

WOTY: As we have done for a quarter of a century, we will choose candidates for Word of the Year on Thursday and vote for our WOTY the next day. Nominations for Words of the Year can be submitted all year long to woty@americandialect.org.

Meeting and hotel registration: ADS members are eligible to reserve rooms and register for the meeting at LSA member rates. ADS members need to register for both ADS and LSA through the LSA website. For details see the LSA website: https://www.linguisticsociety.org.

Future LSA-ADS meetings: 2023 Denver, CO, Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, 5-8 January; 2024 New York, NY, Sheraton New York Times Square, 4-7 January.