2012 Annual Meeting of the
Linguistics Association of Great Britain
5-8 September 2012 

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Call for papers

Both members and non-members are invited to offer papers for the Meeting. The LAGB welcomes submissions on any topic in the field of linguistics; papers are selected on their (perceived) merits, and not according to their subject matter or theoretical framework. All abstracts will be blind-peer reviewed by an international committee of reviewers.

The normal length for papers delivered at LAGB meetings is 25 minutes (plus 15 minutes discussion).

The deadline for submissions is 14th April 2012.

All enquiries about abstract submission should be directed to the Meetings Secretary, Oliver Bond (o.l.bond@salford.ac.uk).

Themed sessions

As well as individual abstracts, groups of speakers may submit a set of abstracts for a themed session (or panel) on any linguistic subject of their choice. Such groups will normally take up a whole session (ideal numbers of abstracts for such sessions might be 3, 4, 5 or 6). All the abstracts for such sessions will be considered together, as a group, and one contact for the whole session should be provided. Abstracts for such themed sessions should be submitted together, with the same format as specified for individual abstracts. They should be accompanied by a brief synopsis of the merits of the themed session. Please contact the President, Ad Neeleman (a.neeleman@ucl.ac.uk), if you have any questions about this

How and when to submit an abstract

Each person is permitted to submit a maximum of one single-authored paper and one-joint authored paper. All abstracts should be submitted electronically using EasyChair, which can be accessed at the following address: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lagb2012

To be able to submit an abstract you must first sign up for an EasyChair account to access the LAGB submission page. Once you have created an account, please click on the New Submission link and follow the instructions on screen. The deadline for submissions is 14th April 2012.

If you are applying for a conference bursary (see eligibility details in the first circular), your abstract should be submitted in the normal way using the EasyChair system, but you must also fill in a bursary application form on the LAGB website: http://www.lagb.org.uk/bursaries-form

Abstract format

Abstracts must be no longer than one A4 page with margins of at least 2.5cm on all sides. Only the first page of any abstract submitted will be considered – no appendices or pages for references can be accepted. If the formatting instructions are not followed the abstract may not be considered. You may use single spacing but type must be no smaller than 12 points. Please indicate clearly on the anonymous abstract if your presentation is intended for the themed session on ‘The syntax-phonology interface’.

Abstracts must be submitted anonymously and should include no indication of the author’s identity. The submitted files should be in one of the following formats: pdf (preferred), or Word (doc, docx), or plain text. Any phonetic characters should either be embedded in a pdf file, or be in the Doulos SIL font, which can be downloaded for free from this site: http://scripts.sil.org/DoulosSIL_download

Content of abstracts

The following guidelines may be useful:

·       You should clearly describe the paper’s general topic. The topic may be a problem of theory or analysis or set of data which have not previously been analysed.

·       You should describe your treatment of the topic, and how it relates to previous work on the same topic. (When referring to previous work, it is enough to cite “Author (Date)” in the body of the abstract without giving full bibliographical details.) It is not acceptable simply to promise a solution.

·       You should explain how you will justify your treatment, and cite crucial evidence. If you are taking a stand on a controversial issue, summarise the arguments that lead you to take up this position.


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