65th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association

Honoring the Legacy of Eugenio Chang-Rodriquez

Co-Sponsored with the Hispanic Latino Cultural Center, College of Old Westbury, SUNY Old Westbury (Long Island), New York, April 16-18, 2020

POSTPONED (New dates will be announced)



Additional abstracts to be considered for the rescheduled meeting are welcome. New deadlines will be set in the future.

Conference Theme: Indigenous Languages and Cultures of the Americas

The focus of the 2020 conference is indigenous languages and cultures of the Americas, for which we are soliciting abstracts on all aspects of the description, documentation and decipherment of texts of pre-colonial traditions. Papers are also invited on the sociolinguistic documentation and revitalization efforts of the speech communities of aboriginal Canada, the US, and Latin America.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Classification of indigenous languages
  • Linguistic structures
  • Typologies of indigenous languages
  • Missionary linguistics of the 16th century - present
  • Endangered languages and cultures
  • Bi/multilingualism & education
  • Quechua & Aymara and other languages of the Andes
  • Amazonian languages
  • Revitalization and language planning
  • Mayan languages
  • Nahuatl languages
  • Cosmologies and glyphic symbolism
  • Native American narrative
  • Indigenous writing systems
  • Language contact

NOTE: In keeping with the ILA tradition, we also invite individual papers or posters on other areas of linguistics. Each presentation should last no more than twenty-five minutes, including time for questions and discussion. Proposals also may be submitted for three- hour workshops for teachers on topics related to the teaching of language, literacy and/or linguistics.

Plenary Speakers

  • Galen Brokaw, University of Montana, USA
  • Odi Gonzales, New York University, USA
  • Judith Maxwell, Tulane University, USA
  • Juan Mora Catlett, Escuela Nacional de Artes Cinematográficas, (ENAC) UNAM, México
  • Fernando Nava, Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas (IIA) UNAM, México
  • Keren Rice, University of Toronto

Guidelines for Proposals

Papers and Posters
A paper or poster title and abstract of between 300 and 400 words, excluding references, is required along with a summary abstract for the conference booklet of no more than 150 words. The author's name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and phone number must also be included.

A brief presentation/rationale of about 200 words should argue for the relevance of the theoretical/applied content in language, linguistics or literacy that will be explored and examined during the workshop. Objectives, a brief description of the activities to be implemented during the session, and a maximum of five reading references should be included in the proposal. A separate brief CV (100 words) of the workshop leader/s indicating relevant workshop/instructional experience is also required.

All proposals will be blind reviewed for quality and originality. Submissions should mainly contain new material and must not have been published previously in order to be considered. All proposals should be emailed in a MSWord (.doc, .docx) file and using "ILA2020" in the subject line, to Antoinette Jones, Conference Coordinator at netta.jones@ilaword.org by Sunday, February 16, 2020. Notification of acceptances will be sent on or before Sunday, March 8, 2020. The author(s) whose proposals have been accepted for the ILA Annual Conference must register by Sunday, March 15, the 2020 pre-registration deadline in order to be included in the Conference Program.

Conference Registration Information

Pre-Registration fees (received by Saturday, February 29, 2020)

  • ILA Members: US $150 (conference fee for paid-up 2019 ILA members)
  • Non-Members: US $200 (includes conference fee & membership with 1 year WORD)
  • Graduate Students, Retirees: US $130 (includes conference fee & membership with 1 year WORD)
  • Undergraduate students, K-12 teachers: US $80 (includes conference fee & membership with 1 year WORD)
  • Registration fees from Sunday, March 15th, 2020:

  • ILA Members: US $250 (conference fee for paid-up 2019 ILA members)
  • Non-Members: US $310 (conference fee & membership with 1 year WORD)
  • Graduate Students, Retirees: US $160 (conference fee & membership with 1 year WORD)
  • Undergraduate Students: US $100 (conference fee & membership with 1 year WORD)

  • Workshop Registration (One Day Registration)

  • K-12 Teachers: US $30 (includes access to same day plenary session)

  • ONE DAY Registration fee (on site):

  • Members and Non-Members: US$100
  • Graduate Students and Retirees: US$75

  • Payment Options

    For registration payments, please go to

    Conference Venue
    College of Old Westbury, SUNY
    223 Store Hill Road
    Westbury, NY 11568

    Further Information

    Inquiries may be sent to the Conference Chair(s):
    Cathy McClure Kathleen.mcclure@lehman.cuny.edu
    Kathleen O'Connor-Bater oconnorbaterk@oldwestbury.edu