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Language and Borders

April 17-18, 2015

University of Texas at Austin


SALSA XXIII Final Program 

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SALSA is an annual symposium promoting linguistic and sociolinguistic research at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally created through the joint efforts of students from the Linguistic and Anthropology Departments at the University of Texas, SALSA has developed into an interdisciplinary conference with contributions from various fields, including communication studies, foreign language education, educational psychology, media studies, speech communication, and numerous language departments. Our annual proceedings appear in special editions of Texas Linguistic Forum.

This year’s theme is Language and Borders. Language is intimately connected with human existence, and as such, is found at the borders of all areas of human interaction, and even at the borders of what it means to be human. What sorts of borders exist among people, places and institutions? What are the forces and ideological underpinnings that shape and sustain the existence of such borders? How is language related to the bounds of human endeavor? What defines the boundaries of language itself? SALSA XXIII will explore these questions from a variety of viewpoints.

This year's presenters will be:

Salikoko S. Mufwene

University of Chicago

Robin Queen

University of Michigan

David Quinto-Pozos

University of Texas at Austin

Anthony C. Woodbury

University of Texas at Austin

We welcome papers from all disciplines; potential topics might fall under the following areas:

  • Language and law, politics, or economics
  • access and issues in interpretation
  • Dialectology and standardization
  • Bi-/mulitlingualism
  • Pidginization and creolization
  • Language ideologies, identity, and human rights
  • Language and the arts, sciences, and technology
  • Language and cognition
  • Languages in contact
  • Language shift and loss
  • Language preservation, documentation, and revitalization

Of course, topics are not restricted to those listed, but are merely meant to serve as guideposts. Please feel free to submit any and all papers related to this year’s theme.

Paper presentations will be 20 minutes, with 5-10 minutes for questions.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for abstract submission is February 22, 2015.

Please send abstracts to salsautaustin at gmail dot com, Subject: SALSA XXIII Abstract. Please include the following in your email message but NOT in the abstract, besides title:

  1. Paper Title
  2. Author's name (if more than one author, list primary author first followed by subsequent authors
  3. Author(s) affiliation
  4. E-mail address at which author prefers to be contacted
  5. Equipment required for presentation

Conference presented by the SALSA Graduate Student Organization at UT Austin.

Conference Registration

Student Registration $25

Non-Student Registration $40


Eric Adell (Linguistics) - adell at

Deina Rabie (Anthropology) - drabie at

Laura Faircloth (Linguistics) - laura.faircloth1693 at


Department of Anthropology | Department of Communication Studies | Department of Linguistics

University of Texas at Austin
Department of Linguistics
College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA) 4.304
Phone: (512) 471-1701