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Eighth Annual Symposium on Language Research at UC Davis

May 26-27, 2022

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura, Dr. Ofelia Garcia, and Dr. Ricardo Otheguy

Assistant Professor, World Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, West Virginia University


The UC Davis Cluster on Language Research and the Davis Humanities Institute Trans-College Cluster on Heritage Spanish are pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Symposium on Language Research at UC Davis. Starting this year, we will have a two-day symposium, with one day dedicated to a special topic and one day dedicated to language research broadly. This year’s special topic is learner corpus research (LCR).


The purpose of our symposium is to showcase current investigations on language, and to cultivate a community of language researchers from various institutions. We welcome a wide array of linguistic topics across all disciplines related to the study of language, as it is our goal to create an open and inclusive symposium which promotes dialogue between all types of language research. The format of the conference will be hybrid: in person attendance at UC Davis is highly encouraged, but presenters and attendees will have the option to participate via Zoom as well.


Eligibility: Only students (those who have not yet completed a PhD) that are currently investigating language in some capacity are encouraged to submit their research, preliminary or otherwise. Students who specialize in learner corpus research are encouraged to submit an abstract for the Learner Corpus Research Pre-Conference Workshop. Otherwise, students are encouraged to submit an abstract to the Symposium’s main event.


Submission deadline: March 18, 2022


If you are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words in .pdf format to www.languagecluster.com/Submit. Do not include any identifying information in your abstract or file name. Each paper presentation is limited to 15 minutes, plus an additional five minutes for questions. Panel submissions only need to fill out one application form, must include three presentations, and must provide a brief justification as to why they form a cohesive panel. Each abstract, unless requested otherwise, will be considered for the Most Innovative Research Award. To be considered for the award, you must currently be enrolled at a post-secondary institution and submit your abstract by March 18, 2022. Students that have already completed a PhD will not be eligible for the innovative research award.


Students (undergraduate and graduate) conducting any language-related research are also encouraged to join the Three-Minute Thesis Competition, a contest designed to encourage participants to explain the fundamental points of their work in a manner accessible to a general audience. The application form asks you to provide a short and engaging description of your talk (200-300 words). The deadline to join is on March 18, 2022. This year the 3M Thesis will be done asynchronously via pre recorded videos.

For more details regarding the conference, abstracts, and awards, visit www.languagecluster.com
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