The University of Alabama Languages Conference

February 8 – 9, 2019

The organizing committee of the ninth annual University of Alabama Languages Conference is pleased to welcome abstract submissions for this year’s conference entitled “The Words that Shape Us: Language, Culture and Identity” to be held February 8-9, 2019, at Hotel Capstone.

Keynote Speakers

 Dr. Manuel Díaz-Campos, Indiana University – Bloomington

Manuel Díaz-Campos is Professor of Hispanic Sociolinguistics at Indiana University Bloomington. His research  interests include first  and second language phonological variation and sociolinguistic variables  contributing to dialectal variations in Spanish. He is the editor of The Handbook of Hispanic Sociolinguisticsand the author of Introducción a la Sociolingüística Hispánica.

 Dr. Esther Allen, City University of New York

Esther Allen is Professor in the Ph.D. Programs in French and in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at City University of New York. Co-founder of the PEN World Voices Festival and the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, she has twice been a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow.  Her 2016 translation of Antonio Di Benedetto’s Zama won the American Literary Translators Association National Translation Award, and she is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. (


We invite abstracts about all languages and all areas of Literature and Linguistics, including, but not limited to:

  • Classical Literature
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Medieval Literature and Culture
  • Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • 18th and 19th Century Literature and Culture
  • 20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture
  • Feminism and Women Writers
  • Queer and Gender Studies
  • Transatlantic and Intercultural Studies
  • Storytelling, Mythology, and Memory
  • Film and Visual arts
  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Bilingualism and Code-switching
  • Historical and Comparative Linguistics
  •  L1, L2, L3 Acquisition and Pedagogy
  • Languages in Contact
  • Non-verbal Communication, Sign Language
  • Phonetics, Phonology, and Dialectology
  • Pragmatics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Study Abroad
  • Syntax


We invite faculty and students to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations as well as organized panels with three or four participants. Suggestions for panels must include each individual presenter’s abstract along with a brief description of the panel theme. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words through EasyAbs at

Abstracts themselves should not contain any identifying information. However, please submit the following information for each presenter to the EasyAbs system when uploading the abstract:

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

The deadline for proposal submission is November 20th, 2018.

Presentations should be given in English, French, German or Spanish.

For Linguistics, preference may be given to submissions whose studies can present results.

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