21st Annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL 2018)

Santa Barbara, CA
April 20-21, 2018

Meeting Description:

The Linguistics department at the University of California, Santa Barbara announces its 20th Annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL), which provides a forum for the discussion of theoretical, descriptive, and practical studies of the indigenous languages of the Americas.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for this year will be Mary S. Linn (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage).

General Information:

Santa Barbara is situated on the Pacific Ocean near the Santa Yñez Mountains. The UCSB campus is located near the Santa Barbara airport. Participants may also fly into LAX airport in Los Angeles, which is approximately 90 miles southeast of the campus. Shuttle buses run between LAX and Santa Barbara.

Call for Papers

Anonymous abstracts are invited for talks on any topic relevant to the study of indigenous languages of the Americas. Talks will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be 500 words or less (excluding examples and/or references).

Individuals may submit abstracts for one single-authored and one co-authored paper. Please indicate your source(s) and type(s) of data in the abstract (e.g. recordings, texts, conversational, elicited, narrative, etc.). For co-authored papers, please indicate who plans to present the paper as well as who will be in attendance.

Abstracts should be submitted in .pdf format through the EasyAbs system found at the address below:

Hard copy submissions will be accepted from those who do not have Internet access. Please send four copies of your abstract, along with a 3x5 card with the following information: (1) your name; (2) affiliation; (3) mailing address; (4) phone number; (5) email address; and (6) title of your paper.

Send hard copy submissions to:

Workshop on American Indigenous Languages

Attn: Adrienne Tsikewa

Department of Linguistics
University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA 93106 

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: February 23, 2018

Notification of acceptance will arrive by email no later than March 9, 2018.

Travel Scholarships


WAIL 21 is pleased to offer three (3) travel scholarships this year. The total amount of each award is $300. To be eligible, applicants must submit an abstract via EasyAbs and complete a brief application:

Applicants will need to provide a statement that addresses the following1)why you wish to present at WAIL 21 and how it will benefit your studies and/or program milestones, 2) your   financial situation, needs, and if you are receiving any other funding to attend this conference. Successful applicants will be determined based on the quality of the submitted abstract and statement/need.

For further information, please contact the conference coordinators, Adrienne Tsikewa or Jesus Olguin Martinez, at