LSA members are encouraged to consider submitting proposals for an Organized Session at the 2018 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Salt Lake City, UT from January 4-7. An organized session is an excellent opportunity to present a group of similarly-focused presentations on a wide variety of topics and in a wide variety of formats.  LSA Committees and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are also encouraged to submit proposals on topics falling under their purview. Program Committee Chairs are available to discuss ideas for possible organized session topics.

Organized sessions may be on any linguistic topic that would be of interest to meeting attendees (e.g. characteristics of a particular language family; trends and advances in a particular subfield of linguistics; current debates on a particular research topic). They may also address topics of interest to particular groups of attendees (e.g. students, hopeful book authors, prospective grant-writers, policy advisors). They may have a theoretical or a pragmatic focus. Graduate students and junior faculty are particularly invited to submit proposals on professional development topics.

A session may take many forms: symposium, workshop, tutorial, or another form as appropriate. It may be either 1 hour and 30 minutes or 3 hours in length. Specific examples are given below.

Directions for Submission of Proposals

Proposals of two kinds will be accepted for presentation at the 2018 Annual Meeting.  The bulk of the time set aside for organized sessions (30 hours) will be reserved for "regular" organized sessions and the remainder (6 hours) for organized sessions that build upon themes that emerge at the preceding Linguistic Institute. Proposals for the two kinds of sessions are identical in format; the deadline is the only difference.

"Regular" organized session proposals are due no later than Monday, May 15 2017, 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time.  Technical support will not be available after 3:00 PM on Monday.  Organizers must submit final proposals by this May date. Note that the proposal received in May must be a final one, with all presentations and speakers accounted for. There will not be an opportunity for additional feedback from the Program Committee, nor will there be any later submission date. Program Committee Chairs are available for consultation at any time before the deadline (see e-mail addresses below).  Proposals submitted after the May 15th final deadline will not be considered.

Organized session proposals arising from the Linguistic Institute are due no later than Tuesday, August 15. 

Possible Session Formats
•    Symposium: several presentations on a single topic;
•    Tutorial: intensive instruction in some subfield of linguistics or a related field;
•    Workshop: on a specific theme or issue, with time for responses and debate/discussion planned in, perhaps with a particular goal in mind;
•    Datablitz: a session composed of many very short presentations (10 mins each, for example) highlighting a broad range of ongoing work on a single topic;
•    Sessions of any other kind with a clear, specific and coherent rationale.

Requirements for Submission

The completed proposal should be submitted by the deadline, using the survey here. You will be asked to submit the folllowing information:
•    Title of Session
•    Type of Session (Symposium, Tutorial, etc.)
•    Name, affiliation and e-mail address of up to two organizers
•    Length of session (1 hour 30 minutes or 3 hours)
•    LSA Committee, SIG, or other entity on behalf of which the proposal is being submitted, if applicable
•    Session Abstract, approximately 1000 words in length
•    Detailed Session information:  in which they will occur in the session, the individuals presenters’ names, affiliations, roles (paper presenter, introducer, moderator, discussant, etc.)
•    200-500 word abstracts for each paper or poster presentation.

Questions about the content of the proposal may be directed to the Program Committee Chairs: Rajesh Bhatt ( and Roumyana Pancheva (  Technical questions about submission may be directed to David Robinson (

Suggestions for proposers

Ideally, organized session timetables should be aligned as much as possible with the paper schedules in the regular sessions. These are 20-minute papers, starting on the hour and half-hour, with 10 minutes of discussion following. This allows for some traffic between regular sessions and organized sessions, and may improve attendance. It is not required, however. The committee strongly encourages organizers to consider the submission of sessions in the 1 hr 30 minute format, which allows us to accept more sessions. If three hours is the appropriate length for your session, however, do not hesitate to ask for it.

Please also note the following:
•    Individual papers must not have already appeared in print, nor may they appear in print before the 2018 Annual Meeting.
•    Abstracts of individual papers will be reviewed for quality according to the same criteria applied to abstracts of papers and posters presented outside of organized sessions. In order to maximize the chances that your organized session will be accepted, please ask participants to consult the 2018 Annual Meeting abstract guidelines for more information when preparing their abstracts.
•    Each participant in the organized session must be a member of the LSA. Nonmembers may join here.
•    Proposals for organized sessions are not reviewed anonymously; please be sure to include your name and affiliation on the proposal as well as the names and affiliations for the presenters on their respective abstracts.
•    All meeting rooms will be equipped with microphones, an LCD projector, a screen, and internet access for presenters.
•    Approximate timetable for organized session proposals, and further requirements for accepted proposals:  May 17: deadline for receipt of final proposals - Late June: notification of acceptance/non-acceptance of proposals. For accepted session proposals only: - Early October: submit a 1-page description of the organized session and a 150-word abstract of each participant's presentation for inclusion in the Meeting Handbook.