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This spring, the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the first ever Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL) at Indiana University during the weekend of May 16 & 17, 2014.

Keynote Speakers for the conference include:

     Jaklin Kornfilt, Department of Linguistics, Syracuse University

     Jorge Hankamer, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz

     Simin Karimi , Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona

     Chris Beckwith, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University

There will also be a number of other invited speakers, selected among linguists working on Central Asian languages and linguistics.

We are still accepting submissions for 20-minute paper presentations (with 10 minute post-presentation questions and discussion) on topics related to Central Asian languages and linguistics, including both the Altaic and Eastern Indo-European languages spoken in the region (among others), a diverse range of languages such as Azerbaijani, Dari, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Pashto, Persian, Tajiki, Tibetan, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Uyghur, Uzbek, and more! (Click here to see map).

Presenters will have the opportunity to submit to the published proceedings of the conference.

SSUBMISSION can include, but are not limited to:
  • formal linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, as well as their interfaces)
  • acquisition (first and second language acquisition)
  • language education/pedagogy, as related to Central Asian languages

Submission should consist of an anonymous titled abstract of no more than 500 words (not including examples and references) in .pdf format sent as an email attachment to by the deadline of Friday, January 17, 2014.

QUESTIONS regarding submissions may be directed to Amber Kennedy Kent at

QUESTIONS regarding the conference may be directed to Dr. Öner Özçelik (Director, CeLCAR) at

For more information, please visit our conference website at

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2014
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, April 11, 2014
Conference Date: Friday and Saturday, May 16 & 17, 2014

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