The graduate students of The University of Alabama’s Department of Modern Languages & Classics, in collaboration with the graduate students of the Department of Education, the Department of English, and TESOL program, invite papers for our eighth annual University of Alabama Languages Conference entitled “Crossroads: The Intersection of Language and Identity” to be held February 9-10, 2018, at The Ferguson Center and B. B. Comer Hall of The University of Alabama.

At the heart of all things linguistic is communication. Language takes myriad forms as its speakers communicate with one another in evolving contexts. When we navigate multiple identities in order to exchange ideas and learn from one another, a crossroads emerges. How do we shape language to address identity? To what extent do we alter identity to fit the language we use to communicate? Does communicating identity extend beyond language?

Keynote Speaker

 Dr. David Basilico, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

As a theoretical syntactician, Dr. David Basilico, Associate Professor of Linguistics at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, has endeavored to explain the deep structure of human cognition, particularly focusing on the relationship between syntax and semantics, and working with a variety of languages including Spanish, Lakhota, Inuktitut, Frisian, and Russian. His research interests include the relationship between argument structure, event structure, and syntactic representation; internally headed relative clauses; the dative alternation; existential constructions; particle verbs; the antipassive; and noun incorporation.  Aside from theoretical syntax, his research interests also include cognitive science and neurolinguistics.


The committee extends the invitation of abstract submission to undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional scholars who work with language and identity.

Disciplines of interest include:

  • Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Women & Gender studies
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • African-American studies
  • Communication
  • Religious studies
  • Education
  • Computer Science
  • Music and Film


We welcome proposals for formal 20 minute oral presentations spanning 400 words and proposals for poster presentations spanning 300 words. Suggestions for organized panels must include individual presenter abstracts and a brief description of the panel theme of up to 300 words.  Please submit your abstract through EasyAbs at

Please include the following information for each presenter when submitting in EasyAbs:

  • Name, affiliation, and email address
  • Title of presentation
  • Multimedia requests, if any

The deadline for proposal submission is November 30th, 2017.