CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd Annual Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY)

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies has been made aware of a call for papers for a virtual conference in sociolinguistics. See the CfP information below.

Dear Colleagues,

The Sociolinguistics Symposium Committee at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce the third annual Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY), which will be held virtually on February 26-27, 2021 in conjunction with the 13th  Annual Illinois Language and Linguistics Society Conference.

SOSY is a graduate student-run symposium aimed primarily at providing graduate and advanced undergraduate students a forum to present and discuss their research on topics related to sociolinguistics. Following the success of last year’s symposium on “Rethinking Speech Communities”, this year’s theme is “Minoritized Language: Race, Identity and Society”. This session invites abstracts that focus on various semiotic practices —including but not limited to codeswitching, stance-taking, lexical choice, script choice, and phonetic variation—of meaning-making in different modalities. We especially encourage research that explores the identity processes uncovered, recovered, encouraged, or discouraged at the loci of linguistic marginalization through a variety of analytical/theoretical sociolinguistic approaches.


Submissions are limited to two abstracts per author: one single author abstract and one multi-author abstract OR two multi-author abstracts. The student must be the first author and presenter. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, with one extra page allowed for images, data, and/or references. Full references are not necessary; but if used – please use the (Author, Year) format. Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format with NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION of the presenter in the document.

Deadline for abstract submissions: November 21, 2020, 11:59pm CST.

Authors will be notified of abstract decisions by mid December, 2020.

To submit an abstract for the Sociolinguistic Symposium, please visit:

For additional information on SOSY 2021, please visit:


Sarah Clark

PhD student, Linguistics

Sociolinguistics Symposium Chair

SOSY is held in conjunction with the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS) conference. ILLS is a general linguistics conference open to all subfields that will take place concurrently on February 26-27, 2021. If you are interested in ILLS, you can find more information and the call for papers at:

Please note, you are welcome to submit abstracts to both SOSY and ILLS; however, the same abstract will not be accepted for both events.