Sula bird (© 2006 Lynn Weinert)

Sula bird (© 2006 Lynn Weinert)

Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA) 8 will be held at the University of British Columbia, 16-18 May 2014. The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers working on languages or dialects spoken in the Americas which do not have an established tradition of work in formal semantics. We especially encourage abstract submissions from those whose work involves primary fieldwork or experimentation as well as analysis. We strongly encourage the participation of graduate students.

There will be two special sessions this year:
(1) Na-Dene Languages
(2) Pragmatics and Information Structure.

Invited Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Seth Cable (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • James Crippen (UBC)
  • Kathryn Davidson (Yale University)
  • Pat Littell (UBC, University of Potsdam)
  • Andrew McKenzie (University of Kansas)
  • Keren Rice (University of Toronto)
  • Luciana Sanchez-Mendes (Universidade de São Paulo)

Call for Papers

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2014

We invite submissions of abstracts for papers (25-minute presentation plus 10-minute discussion) or posters on any topic in the semantics of under-represented languages of the Americas. As in previous years, sessions will include a discussion period at the end with commentators.

The abstract submission deadline is 15 January 2014, 11:59pm PST. (Extended due to request.)

Instructions for Abstract Submission:
Abstracts must be at most two pages long, including data and references, on letter-size or A4 paper with 1 inch margins on all sides and at least 11 point font. Abstracts should have a clear title and should be anonymous. The abstract must be submitted electronically in PDF format.

The address for abstract submission is:

When you submit your abstract, please indicate in your email whether you would like your abstract to be considered for a talk, a poster, or both. Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2 joint abstracts per author.

Important Dates:
Submission deadline EXTENDED: 15 January 2014, 11:59pm PST
Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2014
Conference date: 16-18 May 2014

Contact Information:

Practical Information

Getting to UBC: UBC is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which is accessed by flights into Vancouver Int’l Airport (YVR), B.C Ferries to Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay, and trains and buses to Pacific Central Station and other points in the city. Public transit is operated by TransLink, and route planning information is available at . Downtown Vancouver is approximately 25 minutes by bus, with many buses serving UBC.

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Accomodation: Accomodation on the UBC campus is provided by West Coast Suites, Otherwise, hotels and hostels are available in Downtown Vancouver.

Crash space may be available; if you are interested in crash space, please email, and include your gender and the dates you expect to need crash space.

Restaurants and Services: The UBC campus offers many dining choices, including a number of restaurants, fast food outlets, coffee shops and pubs. A number of services are also available on and around the campus, including copy shops, banking, drug stores, convenience stores, and a post office. For information on these businesses, please see the following links.

Organizers: Lisa Matthewson, Hotze Rullmann, Jozina Vander Klok, Erin Guntly