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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, in the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University, is proud to host the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2014. The conference will meet November 13-16, 2014 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

About HLS

The Hispanic Linguistics Symposium is a yearly conference on theoretical and applied linguistics related to the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. Papers are accepted in any area of Hispanic linguistics and within any framework. This conference serves a broad community of scholars researching and teaching Hispanic linguistics.

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Plenary Speakers

José Camacho
Professor, Rutgers University

Laura Colantoni
Professor, University of Toronto

Anna María Escobar
Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Juana Liceras
Professor, University of Ottawa

Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2014
November 13-16, 2014 Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Call for Papers

Abstract submission opens: January 10, 2014
Abstract submission deadline: May 24, 2014

Meeting Description: The Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2014 will be held November 13-16, 2014 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, School of Languages and Cultures, at Purdue University will be hosting the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS). The HLS is a yearly conference on theoretical and applied linguistics related to the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. Abstracts for paper presentations or posters are invited in any area of Hispanic linguistics and within any framework.

Submission Guidelines

  • Papers and posters may be delivered in English, Portuguese or Spanish.
  • Authors may submit up to two abstracts, one individual and one joint.
  • Please indicate whether you wish your submission to be considered for one category only (paper or poster) or for both categories.
  • Abstracts should be submitted in pdf format, not exceeding 1 page, with a second page reserved for examples, tables and references.
  • Abstracts must clearly present a specific thesis statement and include a description of the topic, approach, and conclusions. Authors should not include their names or otherwise reveal their identities anywhere in the abstract.
  • Please specify the title of the paper, area of research, name, academic affiliation, and email in the form within the abstract submission system.
  • Abstracts can be submitted from January 10, 2014 to May 10, 2014.
  • Notifications will be sent by August 19th, 2014.

The abstract submission process is closed.

Poster dimensions should be LESS than 48x36. Tacks will be provided for adhering the poster. Posters should be hung in Stewart Center room 302. The room will be open beginning at 7:30 am on Friday, November 14th. Display unit location will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis.

Plenary Speakers

Jose Camacho - Photo

José Camacho (Rutgers University)

Dr. José Camacho is a Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Rutgers University and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He is an expert on Spanish theoretical syntax, bilingualism and second language acquisition. He is also a specialist in language contact, change, and the development of minority languages, specifically Quechua and Pano in Peru and Bolivia, and Spanish in contact with Shipibo. He has published numerous books, including Null Subjects, The Structure of Coordination: Conjunction and Agreement Phenomena in Spanish and Other Languages, and Information Structure in Indigenous Languages of the Americas (with R. Gutiérrez-Bravo & L. Sánchez), and other scholarly articles.

Laura Colantoni - Photo

Laura Colantoni (University of Toronto)

Dr. Laura Colantoni is a Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on sound change and categorization and the second language acquisition of variable phonetic parameters. She is currently preparing two books: Second Language Speech: An Introduction (with P. Escudero, & J. Steele), forthcoming in Cambridge University Press; and Perspectivas teóricas y experimentales sobre el español de la Argentina, forthcoming in Iberoamericana.

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Anna María Escobar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Dr. Anna María Escobar is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is an expert in Spanish sociolinguistics, language variation and change, and has published 7 books and over 70 articles in areas related to Spanish in contact with English in the US, Quechua and other Andean languages in Latin America. She is part of the editorial board of prestigious journals including Sociolinguistic Studies and IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society.

Juana Liceras - Photo

Juana Liceras (University of Ottawa)

Dr. Juana Liceras is a Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is a renowned expert in second language acquisition theory and bilingualism. Her research focuses on the linguistic, psycholinguistic and cognitive processes constraining first and second language acquisition within a Generative Grammar framework, particularly as it concerns the acquisition of Spanish morphosyntax and semantics. She has published 8 books and over 100 articles.

Conference Program

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

3:30 - 5:00 pm Registration/Check-In
5:00 - 5:30 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
5:30 - 6:30 pm Plenary Session
7:00 - 9:00 pm Reception

Friday, November 14, 2014

7:00 - 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 am Plenary Session
9:30 - 11:00 pm Parallel Sessions
11:00 - 1:00 pm Poster Session
1:00 - 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30 - 4:00 pm Parallel Sessions
4:00 - 4:30 pm Break
4:30 - 5:30 pm Parallel Sessions
5:30 pm Dinner On Your Own

Saturday, November 15, 2014

8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 am Plenary Session
10:30 - 12:00 pm Parallel Sessions
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 pm Parallel Sessions
3:30 - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 - 5:30 pm Parallel Sessions
5:30 - 7:30 pm Free Time
7:30 - 9:00 pm Banquet

Sunday, November 16, 2014

8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 am Plenary Session
10:00 - 10:30 pm Break
10:30 - 12:00 pm Parallel Sessions
12:00 - 1:30 pm Business Meeting and Closing Remarks

Poster presenters please note: Posters should be a maximum of 48 x 36 or 36 x 48


Register Now

Early Registration (August 1st- October 13th)
Faculty: $180
Student: $120

Late Registration (October 14th- November 3rd)
Faculty: $210
Student: $150

Banquet: $30

For questions about registration, please contact LaTayna Greene,, 765-496-7893 or 1-866-515-0023.

Accommodations and Travel

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Union Club Hotel in the Purdue Memorial Union (adjacent to Stewart Center) where conference will be held. Please call (800) 320-6291 or (765) 494-8913 for reservation. The Union Club will accept Master Card, Discover, American Express, and VISA charge cards. Conference attendees are responsible for making their own lodging reservations.

A limited number of couch crash spaces are available to students, to help defray costs. Please contact Tatiana Artamonova for information (

If you drive, please park in the Grant Street parking garage across the street from the Purdue Memorial Union. All other campus spaces are reserved Monday through Friday. Union Club guests can park in the Grant Street garage at no cost with a bar coded permit obtained from the Union Club reservation desk. Permits will be available at registration for those not staying at the Union Club Hotel.

Purdue University Parking, Airport and Transportation website.

Purdue University is on Eastern Time and we do observe Daylight Saving Time. Here are some helpful links to airport shuttles from Indianapolis and Chicago O’Hare Airports.

Lafayette Limo Inc.
An affordable and convenient way to travel to and from the Indianapolis airport

Star of America
Ground shuttle service between Purdue Memorial Union and Indianapolis airport

Express Air Coach
Ground shuttle service between Purdue and Chicago O'Hare Airport


Many thanks to our sponsors. Without them this effort would not be possible.

Organizing Committee

HLS2014 Organizers

  • Alejandro Cuza
  • Lori Czerwionka
  • Daniel J. Olson

Contact Email:

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
School of Languages and Cultures

Purdue University
640 Oval Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Linguistics at Purdue

Purdue University is home to an active group of researchers focusing on diverse areas of linguistics from a number of theoretical and experimental perspectives.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers both M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Spanish Linguistics, allowing students to specialize in either Theoretical Linguistics or Applied Linguistics. Our faculty specialize in a variety of disciplines within linguistics, including Phonetics/Phonology, Morphosyntax, Pragmatics and Discourse, as well as the more general areas of Bilingualism and Language Acquisition. Students also have the opportunity to take courses from faculty specializing in linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and communication, throughout the School of Languages and Cultures and across campus, providing a degree plan that offers both breadth in the fundamental areas of Hispanic Linguistics and depth in the student's area of focus.

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