Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to announce that submissions are now open for the 13th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS13), which will be held from February 26-27, 2021 virtually via Zoom. ILLS is an annual graduate student-run conference aimed primarily at providing graduate and advanced undergraduate students a friendly venue in which to present and discuss research on any topic related to language and linguistics.

ILLS is a general linguistics conference open to any and all submission relating to language and linguistics. The conference theme for ILLS 13 is “Minoritized Language in a Globalized World.” Submissions related to this theme are especially encouraged, though submissions are not limited to this theme.  We primarily encourage submissions from graduate and undergraduate students. 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. Our plenary speakers this year include:

Dr. Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada (Assistant Professor, Indigenous Languages Sustainability, University of Alberta)

Dr. Acrisio Pires (Professor, Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Dr. Enam Al-Wer (Professor, Language and Linguistics, University of Essex)

Dr. Awad Ibrahim (Professor, Education, University of Ottawa)

Abstract Submissions

To submit an abstract, please visit: 

Submissions are limited to one single-author abstract and one multi-author abstract, OR two multi-author abstracts. First and presenting authors must be students.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, with one extra page allowed for images, data, and/or references. Full references are not necessary; please use the (Author, Year) format. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyAbs on in PDF format with NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION of the presenter in the document.

Submissions have closed.

Authors will be notified of abstract decisions in December 2020.

For more details, please visit our website ( or contact us at

Additionally, The Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY) will again be held in conjunction with ILLS this year. SOSY will take place from February 26-27, 2021. If you are interested in SOSY, you can find more information and the call for papers at:  Please note, you are welcome to submit abstracts to both SOSY and ILLS, however the same abstract will not be accepted for both events.