IMPORTANT: ConCALL-4 Conference is now officially postponed due to Coronavirus! (March 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m. Eastern)

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The Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the 4th Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL-4) at Indiana University from April 17-19, 2020.

We are currently 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, Evenki, Kazakh, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Mari, 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.

Keynote Speakers for the conference include leading names in Turkic, Iranian, Mongolic and Uralic linguistics, as well as phonology, syntax and second language acquisition, including:

  • Gülşat Aygen, Professor, Department of English, Northern Illinois University
  • Matthew Gordon, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Ayşe Gürel, Professor, Department of Foreign Language Education, Bogazici University
  • Irene Vogel, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Delaware
  • Stuart Davis and Karen Baertsch, Indiana University and Southern Illinois University

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

Submissions can include, but are not limited to:
  • Language education/pedagogy, as related to Central Asian languages
  • Acquisition, (first and second language acquisition of a Central Asian language or of other languages by speakers of Central Asian languages)
  • Formal linguistics, (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, as well as their interfaces)
Each abstract will be anonymously reviewed by external reviewers working in the same field and/or same/similar languages and evaluated on a basis of overall quality, as well as 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 EasyAbstracts ( by Sunday, December 1, 2019.

We are happy to announce that, due to popular demand, the deadline for abstract submissions has now been extended to Sunday, December 15th, 2019.

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 15, 2019
Proposal Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Acceptance Notification Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2019
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020
Conference Date: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 17-19, 2020

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