The Program Committee of the LSA is accepting proposals for Organized Sessions to be held at the LSA's 2023 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Denver, CO from January 5-8, 2023. An Organized Session is an excellent opportunity to present a group of similarly-focused presentations on a diverse array of topics and in a wide variety of formats. In addition to individual LSA members, Committees and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are encouraged to submit proposals on topics falling under their purview, and proposals are particularly welcome from members of groups historically underrepresented among LSA members, and on linguistic topics relating to the Western region in general and Denver, CO in particular.

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.

The 2023 Annual Meeting organized sessions will take place in person only. Click here to submit a proposal.

Proposals received must have been in final form, with all presentations and speakers accounted for. There is no 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 June 27 final deadline will not be considered.

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

Proposals are required to submit the following 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 the order 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: Ryan Bennett and Tim Hunter. Technical questions about submission may be directed to LSA Meetings Manager Krystal Bushell.

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 2023 Annual Meeting.
  • Please consult LSA's Model Abstracts page for more information when preparing your 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: June 27: deadline for receipt of final proposals - Late July: notification of acceptance/non-acceptance of proposals).