SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics


Spartanburg, SC
April 4-6, 2013

Teaching Undergraduate Language and Linguistics
African American English in Education and Society

Call for Papers

SECOL LXXX (80) will be held at USC Upstate's George Dean Johnson Campus in downtown Spartanburg, SC, Thursday through Saturday, April 4-6, 2013.
Please submit abstracts at:
Abstracts due no later than January 5, 2013

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

Christine Mallinson (U Maryland-Baltimore County):
   Language Variation in U.S. Schools
Ralf Thiede (U North Carolina-Charlotte):
   Teaching Undergraduate Linguistics
Tracey Weldon (U South Carolina):
   Redefining the Authentic AAE Speaker

This year's conference will feature dual themes:
- Teaching Undergraduate Language Teaching &
- African American English in Education and Society.

Guidelines for Submissions

While submissions relating to the conference themes are especially solicited, research findings in all areas of language and linguistics are welcome.

SECOL is a regional conference that regularly welcomes both domestic and international scholars as well as graduate and even undergraduate students who have valuable insights to share. We are well-known for our broad interests within the fields of language and linguistics and have a history of focus on regional language of the South.

We welcome thoughtful contributions from graduate and undergraduate students - the later particularly when under the advisement of a faculty mentor. Panels of graduate and undergraduate students together with their teachers reflecting on various pedagogical techniques are also solicited.

The focus on Undergraduate Linguistics will include but not be limited to the following:
* celebrating the advantages and overcoming the challenges of being a linguist attached to a department of specialists in another field (eg. English, Languages, etc.)
* design and development of courses, majors, minors, etc.
* design and development of projects, fieldwork experiences, etc.
* choice and use of resources and media (electronic & otherwise)
* dealing with administrative change of command
* recruitment of students and sustainability
* use of specific methodologies of teaching, engagement, etc.

Proposals for Individual papers (30 minutes) and for Panels or Sessions with colleagues or students (60 or 90 minutes) are requested. For organized sessions, an abstract must be submitted for each participant (please be sure the title is identical for all submissions). Questions about the venue and arrangements may be addressed to local host David Marlow (

Attach your abstract as an anonymous Microsoft Word document(*.doc), Adobe (*.pdf), or Text (*.txt) document. If your abstract includes tables, figures, diagrams, or special characters or fonts, please use PDF. Do not include your name on the abstract.

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred.
Hard-copy submissions will be considered. If submitting hard copy, provide three (3) copies of the abstract and one (1) copy of the contact information to:

Dr. Clai Rice
English Department
PO Box 44691
Lafayette LA 70504-44691

We expect to be able to supply laptops and projectors for all session rooms. Presenters should bring any special equipment required.

This year, regular conference registration will confer SECOL membership - which includes subscription to the Southern Journal of Linguistics (SJL). An anonymous donor has paid membership dues for all Graduate Students. Lifetime members will pay a reduced registration.


SECOL strongly discourages substitute presenters as this adversely affects all presentations. The above guidelines are written to provide sufficient flexibility so that even if your ideas change as you write the paper or if your experimental results are not as expected, your paper will be adequately reflected by the abstract. If, however, you cannot in good conscience read your paper within the framework of the abstract as accepted by the Program Committee, you may withdraw the paper prior to the meeting. To withdraw from the program, please contact local host David Marlow (

All authors must register and pay for the conference by a date to be specified in the acceptance letter to retain their place on the program.


SECOL gratefully acknowledges the support of the USC Upstate Department of Languages, Literature, and Composition, USC Upstate College of Arts and Sciences, and the Linguistics Program at USC Columbia.