Call for papers

Please note that the call for papers is now closed.


Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2019 June 3, 2019 (23:59 AoE: UTC-12)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT (May 31, 2019): The abstract submissions deadline has been extended to June 3rd, 2019 due to technical issues at EasyChair on May 30th. Please note that if you attempted to submit an abstract on EasyChair and did not receive a confirmation email afterwards, you should go back to EasyChair and check or resubmit your abstract. Many abstracts have been submitted without problem, but we are aware that some people had issues trying to submit abstracts that day.

Abstract submissions are invited for presentations (oral and poster) in all areas related to language variation and change for New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 48, to be held at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon October 10-13, 2019.

Abstracts for Regular Papers and Posters: Abstract submission begins April 1, 2019 and remains open until June 1, 2019. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words, confined to 1 page of text. (Bibliography, glossed/transcribed examples, and images may appear on a second page and do not count toward the word limit.) All abstracts must be submitted in PDF format. Abstracts should be anonymized to omit all information about the author(s).

Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair at .

Special Session Proposals: We also invite proposals for special sessions. Proposals for special sessions should include one abstract describing the special session itself, plus an additional abstract for each proposal paper. These should be combined into a single PDF document, with page breaks between each individual abstract. Each of the abstracts should follow the guidelines outlined above, however the main abstract for the special session can be non-anonymous if you believe that information about the authors is important for the review of the proposed session (each individual paper abstract should still be kept anonymous). Submissions for special sessions will be submitted via the EasyChair site, where you should indicate, via a checkbox, that the submission is for a special session. Please contact the organizers ahead of time (at if you have questions about special sessions or about the specifics of your proposed session.

Although we welcome submissions on all areas of language variation and change, for NWAV 48 we particularly welcome submissions for papers and for special sessions that align with the following special topic areas:

  • Variation and change in underdocumented speech communities
  • Acquisition of sociolinguistic variation
  • Sociolinguistics and the listener
  • Computational sociolinguistics

Authors may submit one single-authored and one joint-authored abstract, or two joint-authored abstracts. This limit applies to all presentations, regardless of type (paper, poster, or part of a special session).

In the submission process, you will be asked to indicate topic areas for the submission. These are used simply to facilitate the reviewing process. You will also be asked to indicate whether the submission is eligible for the Best Student Abstract Award (see below) and whether you prefer to give a poster presentation.

Continuing with recent NWAVs, poster presentations are not considered second-tier presentations at NWAV 48 but rather are a central part of the conference. Papers will be selected for oral or poster presentation based on determinations in the review process about the most effective format for submissions. However, if you prefer a submission be considered primarily for poster presentation, you can indicate this in the submission process.

Eligibility for the Best Student Abstract Award: Thanks to sponsorship from Cambridge University Press, submissions whose primary intellectual work has been done by students are eligible for a Best Student Abstract Award. This must be indicated with your submission, via a checkbox in the EasyChair site. Eligible submissions are not limited to those with only student authors, but any faculty co-authors are expected to have only played advisory roles (such as for dissertation-based research, or for projects that originated as class-based research).


Deadline for workshop abstracts: May 1, 2019

We are also pleased to announce the Call for Workshop Proposals for New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 48 in Eugene, Oregon. We invite submissions for workshops in all areas related to language variation and change, and we particularly welcome those that align with the special topic areas described in the call for papers, above.

Workshop proposals should be no more than 500 words, excluding references. They should clearly outline the focus of the workshop, its aims, and its format, and its preferred audience(s). If the workshop will include multiple presenters, please include a brief synopsis of each contribution.

All proposals for workshops should be submitted as PDF files, sent directly to the conference email account: (Workshop proposals should not be submitted via EasyChair.) The email subject line should include the proposer’s last name and ‘Workshop Proposal for NWAV48’. Please also direct questions about workshops to

Workshop proposal deadline is May 1, 2019.