Call for Papers: American Dialect Society Annual Meeting 2009, San Francisco

From Thursday, January 8, 2009, through Saturday, January 10, ADS will hold its next annual meeting at the Hilton San Francisco, 333 O’Farrell St., hosted as usual by the Linguistic Society of America. Rooms will be available at the special rates of $99 single or double, $129 triple or quad. For details, see the LSA website,

Monday, August 11 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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Presenters must be current members of the American Dialect Society. Join here. Subscribing to the journal is the same thing as becoming a member. Audio-visual equipment: An LCD projector will be available for all presentations. If you will need other equipment such as an overhead projector, a tape player, or a CD player, 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 8: Executive Council and annual business meeting in the 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 the early evening. Saturday, January 10: Program sessions in morning and afternoon; Annual Luncheon in between. Proposals will be judged anonymously by a committee chaired by Connie Eble, 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. Session chairs: If you’re interested in chairing a session, let the Executive Secretary know at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Tell him any preference you have for time or topic. Special sessions: If you’re interested in proposing an entire session rather than an individual paper, don’t wait till August. Get in touch with the program chair now at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). 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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Her deadline is also August 11. Specially 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 meeting: 2010 January 7–9 Baltimore.