American Dialect Society Call for Papers for Austin 2017 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting, Austin 2017: Call for Papers

From Thursday, January 5, through Sunday, January 8, 2017, the American Dialect Society will follow the Linguistic Society of America to the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, for its annual meeting.

Monday, August 15, 2016, is the deadline for proposals of no more than 500 words for 20-minute presentations. Due to increasing submissions to our annual meeting, this year we will implement a new procedure. Abstracts will be submitted, reviewed and processed for ADS2017 via the EasyChair website at

Proposals will be judged anonymously by a team of American Dialect Society members. If your proposal is accepted, you’ll be asked for an abstract of no more than 200 words for the LSA program.

This year a poster session will again be available. If you prefer to present at a poster session, please say so with your proposal.

Presenters must be current members of the American Dialect Society. You can join the society here.

This year we will have two panels:

  1. Teaching panel: As usual, the ADS Committee on Teaching will sponsor a panel at the annual meeting. If you would like to propose a 20-minute talk, or two or three coordinated talks, send your proposal directly to the chair of the Committee on Teaching, Anne Curzan, at Her deadline is also August 15.
  2. Panel on the Linguistic Atlas: This special panel will celebrate the memory of the original Atlas workers. It will review how the Atlas is moving into the future with new science, new presentation modes, and new interviews.

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.

Scheduling: The 2017 meeting will follow this schedule:

Thursday, January 5: Executive Council and annual business meeting in afternoon. Program session in late afternoon, followed by Word of the Year nominations.

Friday, January 6: Program sessions in early morning and all afternoon. Poster session in late morning. Words of the Year vote and Bring-Your-Own-Book reception in early evening.

Saturday, January 7: Program sessions in morning and afternoon; Annual Luncheon in between. Luncheon speaker: ADS President Robert Bayley, University of California-Davis. Topic: “Dialectology in a Multilingual North America.”

Sunday, January 8: Program sessions in morning.

Session chairs: If you’re interested in chairing a session, let the Executive Secretary know at Tell him any preference you have for time or topic.

Travel grants for students: Four travel grants of $500 each will be awarded to students whose papers have been chosen for the program. Furthermore, all students who are members of ADS are invited to attend the annual luncheon for free.

Travel grant for ADS member: The sixth annual Audrey Duckert Memorial Travel Award of $500 to attend the Annual Meeting will be given to an ADS member. The recipient will be chosen by ADS President Robert Bayley. Applications in the form of a letter to President Bayley will be due after the program for the annual meeting has been determined. Audrey Duckert was a long-time member of ADS and co-founder of the Dictionary of American Regional English.

Hotel and registration: ADS members will be eligible to reserve rooms and register for the meeting at LSA member rates. To register for the LSA conference, use the coupon codes 2017AMSSSTUDENT (for students) or 2017AMSSREGULAR (for nonstudents). If you’re an LSA member and logged in to the website, do not use these codes. For details see the LSA website.

Future LSA-ADS meetings: 2018: Salt Lake City, Jan. 4-7, Grand America Hotel. 2019: New York City, Jan. 3-6, Sheraton New York Times Square.

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, with our Bring Your Own Book exhibit and reception immediately following. Nominations for Words of the Year can be submitted all year long to