Call for Papers for 2015 Annual Meeting in Portland

From Thursday, January 8 through Sunday, January 11, ADS will hold its 2015 annual meeting at the Hilton Portland, hosted as usual by the Linguistic Society of America. (Yes, Portland; LSA has changed venue from originally scheduled San Francisco.)

Monday, August 18, 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

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.

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 meeting will follow this schedule:

Thursday, January 8: Executive Council and annual business meeting in late morning. Program sessions in afternoon. Program session in late afternoon, followed by Words of the Year nominations.

Friday, January 9: Programs sessions in morning and afternoon. Words of the Year vote and Bring-Your-Own-Book reception in early evening.

Saturday, January 10: Program sessions in morning and afternoon; Annual Luncheon in between.

Sunday, January 11: Possible program sessions.

Proposals will be judged anonymously by a committee chaired by Robert Bayley, 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.

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, send your proposal directly to the chair of the Committee on Teaching, Anne Curzan, at Her deadline is also August 18.

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 grant for ADS member: The fourth 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 Jesse Sheidlower. Applications in the form of a letter to President Sheidlower 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.

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.

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: 2016: Washington (D.C.) Jan. 7-10, Marriott Marquis. 2017: Austin (Texas) Jan. 5-8, JW Marriott. 2018: Salt Lake City, Jan. 4-7, Grand America Hotel.

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 2014, you can send it to our New Words Committee chair, Benjamin Zimmer, at