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The International Linguistic Association 61st Annual Conference Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, March 11-13, 2016

10/18/2015 to 1/10/2016
When: 10/18/2015
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The International Linguistic Association 61st Annual Conference
Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, March 11-13, 2016

Call for Papers

Major Theme: Culinary Linguistics

Recently, much attention has been given to the idea of the language of food in the media and among linguists and other scholars across the disciplines. In addition, a number of books concerning this topic have been published in the last three years. Authors analyze food from various angles such as the linguistic history of culinary terms; the linguistics of food advertising and culinary arts programs; the linguistic components of recipes, menus, labels, restaurant reviews; the discourse of food production and consumption; and the comparison of cooking and dining practices across cultures. The ILA invites submissions that explore these and other connections between linguistics and food.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Menu and beverage-label words
  • Linguistic components of menus
  • Food(s) as metaphor
  • The psychology of food
  • Culinary arts and the media
  • Fusion cuisine and language contact/ change
  • Modern constructs of the language of dining
  • Food on the internet
  • Anthropological linguistic studies on language and food
  • Verbal and non-verbal language of food
  • Food in children’s literature
  • Good foods, bad foods
  • Food and religion
  • Food, language and identity
  • Sociological approaches to food and class

In keeping with the ILA tradition, we also invite individual papers, panels, or posters on other areas of linguistics. Each presentation should last no more than thirty minutes, including time for questions and discussion. Panel sessions will be allotted 90-minute time slots.

Guidelines for Proposals


A paper or poster title and abstract of between 300 and 400 words, excluding references, is required along with a summary abstract for the conference booklet of no more than 150 words. The author's name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and phone number must also be included. Proposals will be blind-reviewed for quality and originality. Submissions should mainly contain new material and must not have been published previously in order to be considered.

All abstracts should be emailed in a MSWord (.doc, .docx) file and using “ILA2016” in the subject line, to Annika Wendt, Conference Coordinator at awendt@ilaword.org by Jan 10, 2016. Proposal acceptances will be sent by January 24, 2016. The author(s) whose proposals have been accepted for the ILA Annual Conference must register before the February15 registration deadline in order to be included in the Conference Program.

Conference Registration Information

Pre-Registration fees (received by February 15)

  • ILA Members: $200 (conference fee for paid-up 2016 ILA members)
  • Non-Members: $260 (includes conference fee & $60 membership with 1 yr WORD subscription)
  • Students/Retirees: $130 (includes conference fee & $30 membership with 1 yr WORD subscription)

Registration fees after February 15 and on-site:

  • ILA Members: $250 (conference fee for paid-up 2016 ILA members)
  • Non-Members: $310 (conference fee + $60 membership with 1 yr WORD subscription)
  • Students/Retirees: $160 (conference fee + $30 membership with 1 yr WORD subscription)
  • Undergraduate Students: $10

ONE DAY Registration (on-site):

  • Members and Non-Members: $100
  • Students and Retirees: $75

Please submit abstracts to the Conference Coordinator: Annika Wendt, awendt@ilaword.org by Sunday, January 10, 2016

Inquiries may be sent to the Conference Co-Chairs: Kathleen O’Connor-Bater, oconnorbaterk@oldwestbury.edu or Josef Fioretta, Josef.v.fioretta@hofstra.edu


For more information about the International Linguistic Association, visit www.ilaword.org

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