The graduate students of the The University of Alabama’s Department of Modern Languages & Classics, in collaboration with the graduate students of the Department of English and the TESOL program, invite papers for our sixth annual University of Alabama Languages Conference entitled “The Many Tongues of Talk and Tale” to be held February 12-13, 2016 at The Ferguson Center of The University of Alabama.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. John Lipski (Linguistics)

Dr. John Lipski

Dr. John Lipski is Edwin Erie Sparks Professor of Spanish at the Pennsylvania State University. He has done fieldwork in Spain, Africa, Brazil, all Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, the Philippines, Guam and parts of the U.S. Dr. Lipski has published 13 books including Latin American SpanishThe language of the Isleños of LouisianaEl español en síntesis and over 290 articles. He has served as editor of Hispanic Linguistics; associate editor of Hispania for Theoretical Linguistics; and is currently an editor of Georgetown University Press.

Dr. Karen Bishop (Literature)

Dr. Karen Bishop

Dr. Karen Bishop is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She specializes in 19th and 20th Century literatures in Spanish, English and French. She has done research at the École normale supérieure in Paris and has taught in Sevilla. Her research focuses on human rights, torture, translation, cartography, and exile to name a few. Select publications include work in the Journal of Modern LiteratureJournal of Transnational American Studies and recently published book Cartographies of Exile (2015).


Proposals in all languages are welcome in, but are not strictly limited to, the following topic strands:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • L1, L2, L3 acquisition and pedagogy
  • Languages in contact
  • Historical and comparative linguistics
  • Non-verbal communication; the power of Silence; sign language
  • Language as presented in literature, film and music
  • Voices in literature
  • Feminism, gender identity
  • Alterity
  • Storytelling, mythology, memory


Proposals are invited for individual papers or presentations of 20 minutes in length. Please email abstracts in English of up to 500 words as a Word document attachment to

Please include the following information for each presenter:

  • Name, Affiliation, E-mail address
  • Title of presentation
  • Multimedia requests, if any

Suggestions for panels of three or four presenters are especially encouraged. Along with a description of the panel proposed, please submit one panel proposal accompanied by individual abstracts for all presenters and provide the professional information requested above for each member.

The deadline for proposal submission is November 15, 2015.

Conference information can also be found on the departmental websites.

Box 870246 – 200 B.B. Comer Hall – Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 – and