This page is about submitting an abstract for the event. For the Five Minute Linguist main page, click here.

This event is about communicating your work broadly and it starts with the abstract!  Your abstract should NOT just be a shortened version of a scientific abstract but should itself be aimed at a broad audience.  The selection committee uses the abstracts as a guide for whether the talk will be accessible, so make the abstract a good representative of your ability to communicate broadly. 

How to submit an abstract for The Five-minute Linguist

Abstracts for The Five-minute Linguist are submitted using the standard LSA abstract submission interface, and during the same time period, June 1 through July 31.  Log in to the LSA website and click here to submit an abstract, or click the green "Submit Abstract" button below your name on your home page.  Be sure to consult the Call for Abstracts if you are also submitting your abstract for consideration as a 20-minute paper or poster. 

To submit an abstract for a poster or 20-minute paper AND for The Five-minute Linguist

In addition to the usual requirements for abstract submission, 1) after entering the title of the abstract, the language and language families, submission type, and primary and secondary linguistic subfields, check the "Click here if you wish this abstract to be considered for the ‘Five-Minute Linguist"’ checkbox; 2) enter an abstract no longer than 300 words in the box titled "300-word abstract for the 'Five-Minute Linguist'."

To submit an abstract ONLY for The Five-minute Linguist

1) Enter all the required information: title, language, language family, submission type (select "paper" for primary and leave secondary as "none"), and primary and secondary linguistic field; 2) CHECK the "Click here if you wish this abstract to be considered for the ‘Five-Minute Linguist’" checkbox; 3) UNCHECK the "Click here if you wish this abstract to be considered for presentation as a regular poster or paper at the Annual Meeting" checkbox; 4) upload a "dummy" copy of your 300-word abstract in the field for uploading your regular abstract, another "dummy" copy in the text box for the abstract summary, and a "real" copy in the "300-word abstract for the 'Five-Minute Linguist'" checkbox.  

Please contact David Robinson, the LSA's Director of Membership and Meetings, if you have any difficulty submitting an abstract.