CFP: Symposium About Language and Society (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Abstract: January 14, 2017

Language Contact and Multilingualism
April 14-15, 2017 at University of Texas at Austin

The Symposium About Language and Society (SALSA) is an annual symposium promoting linguistic, linguistic anthropological and communication research at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally created through the joint efforts of students from the Linguistic, Anthropology and Communication Studies Departments at the University of Texas, SALSA has developed into an interdisciplinary conference with contributions from various fields, including foreign language education, educational psychology, media studies, and numerous language departments. Our annual proceedings appear in special editions of Texas Linguistic Forum.

This year’s theme is Language Contact and Multilingualism. We look at contact broadly as the point where different languages and cultures come together and influence one another. We want to examine language contact throughout history and how it has shaped the present day languages in a variety of contexts and outcomes. Through this perspective we examine questions such as how doeslanguage contact impact bilingual and multilingual societies? How does contact affect methods of communication? How do intersecting cultures influence language use? What types of language ideologies influence and arise out of this contact situation? How has contact impacted the relationship between identity and language? In a world where contact is seemingly everywhere, how do we understand the particularities of different contact situations? How is contact encoded in the features of the languages in contact? How do social media and other forms of mass media impact contact? What role does contact play in projects of revitalization and documentation of languages? SALSA XXV seeks to explore these questions and more in order to contribute to literature in linguistics, anthropology, communication sciences, and interdisciplinary fields such as media, queer, critical race, area, and women’s and gender studies.

The committee of SALSA XXV welcome papers from all disciplines; potential topics might fall under the following areas:

  • Language contact
  • Language and social interaction
  • Bi-/multilingualism
  • Pidginization and creolization
  • Language ideologies
  • Interactive construction of meaning
  • Linguistic and cultural identity – nationality, gender, race, & sexuality
  • Language preservation, documentation, and revitalization
  • Language acquisition, shift and loss
  • Language and law, politics, or economics
  • Language policies, access and standardization
  • The aesthetics and politics of translation
  • Language and cognition
  • Gesture and embodiment
  • Sign language studies
  • Contact throughout history

Of course, topics are not restricted to those listed, but are merely meant to serve as guideposts. Please feel free to submit papers related to this year’s theme.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for abstract submission is January 14, 2017.

Please send abstracts to

Subject: SALSA XXV Abstract

Please include the following in your email message but NOT in the abstract, (with the exception of title, which should appear in both):

  • Paper Title
  • Author’s name (if more than one author, list primary author first followed by subsequent authors)
  • Author(s) affiliation
  • E-mail address at which author prefers to be contacted
  • Equipment required for presentation

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Conference presented by the SALSA Graduate Student Organization at UT Austin.
Hammal Al Bulushi (Linguistics)
Katie Bradford (Communication Studies)
Frances Cooley (Linguistics)
Santiago David Gualapuro Gualap (Linguistics)
Michael Everdale (Linguistics)
Hannah Foster (Anthropology)
Ambrocio Gutierrez (Linguistics)
Lorena Orjuela (Linguistics)

University of Texas at Austin
Department of Linguistics
College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA) 4.304
Phone: (512) 471-1701


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