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14th Annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium (CULC14)

Cornell University's undergraduate linguistics association, The UnderLings, presents its fourteenth annual undergraduate research colloquium. By facilitating communication and discussion between researchers, the conference aims to promote undergraduate research at all levels throughout the linguistics community. The Colloquium will take place from Saturday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 online via Zoom.

Keynote Speaker: John B. Whitman

John Whitman is a professor in and chair of the Department of Linguistics at Cornell University. He was previously affiliated with the Department of Crosslinguistic Studies at the National Institute of Japanese Language and Linguistics in Tokyo, Japan and Director of the East Asia Program at Cornell. His linguistic specializations are East Asian linguistics, comparative syntax, language typology, and historical linguistics. Recent publications in linguistics include Korean: A Linguistic Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2020, with Sungdai Cho), Ryūkyū shogo to Kodai Nihongo: Nichiryū sogo no saiken ni mukete (Ryūkyūan and Premodern Japanese: Toward the Reconstruction of Proto-Japanese-Ryūkyūan, Hitsuji shobō, 2016, with Yukinori Takubo and Tatsuya Hirako), a chapter on “Diachronic interpretations of word order cohesion” (2017, with Yohei Ono, in the volume From Micro-change to Macro-change, Oxford University Press), the chapter on “Topic Prominence” in the Blackwell Companion to Syntax (2017, with Waltraud Paul), and the chapter “Old Korean” in the Blackwell Handbook of Korean Linguistics (2015). Whitman’s recent nonlinguistic research has focused on the role of vernacular reading in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Central Asia, and points of contact between the East Asian practice and glossing and reading in the Medieval West.

Call for Abstracts

Submissions are encouraged from all subfields of linguistics, including but not limited to phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics. Students pursuing a B.A., B.S., or equivalent degree are invited to submit an abstract for a talk of no more than twenty minutes in length or for a poster presentation at our poster session. Please indicate in your submission whether you would like to be considered for a poster, a talk, or both. Work may represent completed research or research in progress.

Abstracts should be submitted to culc (at) cornell (dot) edu by March 6, 2020.

Abstracts must be no more than two pages long, including data and references, on letter-size paper with 1 inch margins on all sides and at least 12 point font. Abstracts should have a clear title and should be anonymous in PDF format.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020 (11:59pm EST)

Notification of decisions: Sunday, March 15, 2020 (or sooner)

Conference date: Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3, 2020