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Due to popular demand and in light of an additional funding opportunity*, the Call for Papers for ConCALL-3 has been EXTENDED until Sunday, December 3, 2017

This spring, the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the 3rd Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL-3) at Indiana University March 2-4, 2018.

Keynote Speakers for the conference include leading names in Turkic and Iranian linguistics, as well as second language acquisition:
  • Jason Rothman, Professor of Literacy and Multilingualism, University of Reading, UK
  • Vera Gribanova, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Stanford University
  • Pollet Samvelian, Professor of Linguistics, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
  • Mehmet Yavaş, Professor of Linguistics, Florida International University
  • Rex Sprouse, Professor of Second Language Studies, Indiana University
We also expect to have additional guest speakers, including in Mongolic and Tibetan languages and linguistics.

We are accepting submissions for 20-minute paper presentations (with 10 minute post-presentation questions and discussion) on topics related to Central Asian languages and linguistics, including both the Altaic and Eastern Indo-European languages spoken in the region (among others), a diverse range of languages such as Azerbaijani, Dari, Kazakh, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Pashto, Persian, Tajiki, Tibetan, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Uyghur, Uzbek, and more. Submissions on endangered Central Asian languages (e.g. Buryat and Kalmyk (Mongolic), Shugni (Iranian), Selkup (Uralic), and Chuvash, Baskirt and Yakut (Turkic), among others, are especially welcome.

Presenters will have the opportunity to submit to the published proceedings of the conference.

Submissions can include, but are not limited to:
  • Formal linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, as well as their interfaces)
  • Acquisition (first and second language acquisition of a Central Asian language or of other languages by speakers of Central Asian languages)
  • Language education/pedagogy, as related to Central Asian languages
Each abstract will be anonymously reviewed by four-five external reviewers working on the same field and/or same/similar languages and evaluated on a basis of interest, originality, timeliness, and relevance to the field, as well as reviewing the methodology and data collection methods and overall clarity and organization of ideas.

Submissions should consist of an anonymous titled abstract of no more than 500 words (not including examples and references, which can be placed on a second page) submitted via EasyAbs ( by Sunday, December 3, 2017.

*STUDENT STIPENDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. This year we are offering several stipends of up to $400 each, to be used for travel and accommodation costs. Stipends will be awarded to the undergraduate and/or graduate students with the highest-rated abstract submissions. If you are submitting an abstract for the conference and would like to be considered for this award, please email Amber Kent ( for more details.

Questions regarding abstract submissions may be directed to ConCALL Coordiantor Amber Kennedy Kent at

Questions regarding the conference may be directed to CeLCAR’s Director Dr. Öner Özçelik at

Reminder of Important Dates:
EXTENDED Proposal Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Acceptance Notification Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018
Conference Date: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday March 2-4, 2018

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