About ILLS

ILLS is a general linguistics conference open to all subfields and primarily encouraging the submission of abstracts by graduate students.

The ILLS annual conference is proud to be entirely student-organized and operated by the Linguistics Student Organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In the past, ILLS has held special sessions on a variety of themes including Minority Languages, Pragmatics, and Multilingualism. Since 2009 this conference has grown to include student presenters from across the country; in 2013, we reached a milestone of one hundred registered attendees.

Current Conference

Theme: Interdisciplinary Connect10ns in Linguistics

In line with our chosen theme for this year, “Interdisciplinary Connect10ns in Linguistics”, we believe that ILLS10 will present an exceptional opportunity for scholars to advance their field through exposure to ideas and insights of related disciplines which can then be applied to their own research. We hold that an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and a collaborative approach to language from a multitude of avenues is fundamental to the advancement of language research and the subsequent understanding of our world, cultures and societies.

Special Session: Bilingualism in Late-Modernity

This special session will explore the issue of bilingualism as practiced, and theorized, in contemporary society, inviting works that (a) theorize the dialectic of complexity and homogenization in the study of bilingualism, (b) present theoretically sophisticated empirical research on the under-studied bi-/multi-lingual regions of the worlds, and (c) challenge the old, or new, theoretical and methodological paradigms in the study of bilingualism.

Important Dates

Abstracts due

by 11:59pm CST

Abstract Decisions


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Conference Schedule

Schedule of Events

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ILLS Conference

Celebrating 10 years!