Call for Papers: American Dialect Society Annual Meeting 2013 in Boston

From Thursday, January 3, 2013, through Saturday, January 5, ADS will hold its next annual meeting at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, hosted as usual by the Linguistic Society of America.

Monday, August 13 is the deadline for proposals for 20-minute presentations. All you need is a title and an abstract of 150 to 300 words. Send it via e-mail to Executive Secretary Allan Metcalf at

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

Audio-visual equipment: An LCD projector 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: If you have a preference for day or time of your presentation, please indicate that too. We cannot guarantee the time you prefer, but the program committee will try to accommodate you. The meeting will follow our customary schedule:

Thursday, January 3: Executive Council and annual business meeting in the afternoon. Program session in late afternoon, followed by Words of the Year nominations.

Friday, January 4: Programs sessions in morning and afternoon. Words of the Year vote and Bring-Your-Own-Book reception in the early evening.

Saturday, January 5: Program sessions in morning and afternoon; Annual Luncheon in between.

Proposals will be judged anonymously by a committee chaired by Jesse Sheidlower, ADS president-elect. If your proposal is accepted, you’ll be asked for an abstract of no more than 200 words for the LSA program.

Special sessions: If you would like to propose a special session with a number of presenters, don’t wait till August 13 but get in touch with the program chair right away at

Teaching: If you have an idea for a special session on teaching, send it directly to the chair of the Committee on Teaching, Anne Curzan, at

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 third 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 Luanne von Schneidemesser. Applications in the form of a letter to President Schneidemesser will be due September 1, 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. For details see the website

Future LSA-ADS meetings: 2014 January 2–5, Hilton Minneapolis. 2015: January 8-11, Hilton San Francisco Union Square. 2016: January 7-10, Washington (D.C.) Marriott Marquis.

WOTY: As we have done for two decades now, 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. If you have a nominee for WOTY 2012, you can send it to our New Words Committee chair, Benjamin Zimmer, at