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LASSO 2008 : Linguistic Association of the Southwest XXXVII


When Oct 17, 2008 - Oct 19, 2008
Where Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Submission Deadline Jun 1, 2008
Categories    linguistics

Call For Papers

Conference Theme: Building Communities and Making Connections
Deadline for submission: June 1, 2008

Abstract submissions are invited for paper presentations, poster presentations, and panels on any research area related to language issues of special interest in the Southwest. In addition, proposals on the conference theme are particularly encouraged, and may include, but are not limited to: connecting language with non-academic areas, interdisciplinary collaborations, language learning communities, education and language policy, and non-traditional dissemination of language research.

In addition a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Making Connections Beyond the Academic Community is encouraging presentations on that topic. Please indicate in the abstract if you would like to be considered under this SIG.

Presentations are generally given in Spanish or English, although special provisions may be made to support the use of endangered languages that have been excluded historically from academic discourse. Presentations should be given in the same language as the abstract.

Paper presentations will be limited to 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute question period.

Poster presentations will be organized into informal poster sessions where presenters can distribute hand-outs, explain posters, and answer questions.

Panels should be composed of 2-4 speakers. Early submission of panel proposals is desirable.

Only one abstract as a single author and a second as co-author will be accepted from any one individual.

Submissions by graduate students are welcome, and students are eligible for the Helmut Esau Prize, a $250 cash award.
Abstract submission instructions

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. Authors without access to email may mail a disk copy accompanied by a paper copy to the address below.

Please include the following information:

* Paper title
* For all presenters: name, academic affiliation, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address.
* Abstract, 250-500 words, single-spaced in 11 point Times New Roman font. The abstract should summarize the main points and indicate key aspects of the data, methodology and findings. Use of special font items should be kept to a minimum. Omit bibliography.
* Note A-V equipment that will be needed.

If the author(s) will not be available at the given address or e-mail during the summer, please provide summer contact information in the cover e-mail.

All submissions should be e-mailed to as a PDF, Microsoft Word, RTF, or text file attachment. Special font items travel best as a PDF. In addition to sending the abstract as an attachment, please paste the text of the abstract into the e-mail message itself.

Abstracts (disk and hard copy) may be mailed to:

Susana Rivera-Mills
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Oregon State University
210 Kidder Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-4603

Acknowledgment of receipt of the abstract will be sent to the principal author. If such notification is not received within one week, the abstract did not reach its destination and should be resent. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by early July.

Participation in LASSO is a privilege of membership; this means that an individual must be a current member in order to present a paper, poster, or panel, and be listed in the conference program. Click here for a LASSO membership form. For membership information, contact LASSO Executive Director: Regina Morin at and for additional conference information visit the website at

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