This May, the department will host or co-host two long-standing conferences focused on language and linguistics: the 20th annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL), and the 23rd annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO).
WAIL is a form for the discussion of theoretical, descriptive, and practical studies of the indigenous languages of the Americas. It takes place on May 12th and 13th, and Mary S. Linn (of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage) will deliver this year’s keynote address. Along with stimulating talks and workshop sessions, the conference also includes a dinner at the home of Professors Marianne Mithun and Wallace Chafe. More information can be found at http://ucsbosl.orgsync.com/org/nail/WAIL.
LISO — co-hosted by UCLA’s CLIC graduate student group — promotes interdisciplinary research and discussion in the study of language, interaction, and culture. This year’s theme is ‘Encounter and Interface’, and the conference will be held on May 19th and 20th, with Patricia Baquedano-López (Education, UC Berkeley), Erica Cartmill (Anthropology, UCLA), and Tanya Stivers (Sociology, UCLA) as plenary speakers. More information is available at http://liso.ucsblinguist.org.