60th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association

Teachers College, Columbia University, April 24-26, 2015
Theme: Linguistics and Education – Honoring Franklin E. Horowitz

On the occasion of the 60th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association, we pay special tribute to Franklin Horowitz, who has been an active and dedicated member of the ILA from its earliest years, joined the Executive Board in 1989, and served as its president from 1999 to 2002. A professor of linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University for over 35 years, Frank’s enthusiasm for language inspired legions of graduate students, who continue the work of teaching linguistics to their own students around the world. His influence has been enormous, both as a leader of the ILA and as a teacher. Thus, this year’s theme reflects the mark he has left on those who have worked with and learned from him: We invite papers related to the various subfields of linguistics as they are applied to education.

The influence of linguistics on education is wide-ranging. It encompasses applications to language teaching, including the teaching of second and foreign languages; the education of emergent bilinguals and speakers of various dialects; educating for language awareness, linguistic diversity, and equity; research on language and the Internet; language planning and policy studies; the critique of political and media discourse; and the revitalization of indigenous and endangered languages. The ILA invites submissions that explore these and other connections between linguistics and education.

Topics that might be addressed under this theme:
Methods for teaching linguistic structures
Second and foreign language instruction
Dialects, diversity, and language awareness
Bi/multilingualism and education
Indigenous education and language revitalization
Classroom discourse
Linguistics in teacher education
Literacy and writing systems
Digital literacies
Language planning and policy
Language, power, and ideology

In keeping with the ILA tradition, we also welcome proposals that treat other areas of linguistics.

The ILA program committee welcomes the submission of individual papers and posters. A paper or poster abstract of up to 400 words is required. Proposals will be blind reviewed for quality and originality. Submissions should mainly contain new material and must not have been published previously in order to be considered. This year’s conference will include invited panels only; however, anyone with an idea for a panel related to this year’s theme is encouraged to contact one of the conference Co-Chairs before submitting.
All proposals should be emailed in a MSWord (.doc, .docx) file and using “ILA2015” in the subject line, to Annika Wendt, Conference Coordinator at awendt@ilaword.org by Jan 24, 2015. Proposal acceptances will be sent by February 15, 2015. The author(s) whose papers or posters have been accepted for the ILA Annual Meeting must register before the March 20 registration deadline in order to be included in the Conference Program.

Proposal deadline: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Notification of acceptance: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Registration requirement: Presenters’ registration fees must be received by March 20, 2015.

Send proposals to: Annika Wendt, Coordinator at awendt@ilaword.org

Send inquiries to one of the Co-Chairs: Jo Anne Kleifgen, jk217@columbia.edu or Shoba Bandi-Rao, sbandirao@bmcc.cuny.edu

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