GLAC 27 – Call for Papers

The organizers of the 27th Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC 27), sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, invite faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to submit abstracts to the conference, which will be take place virtually from Wednesday, May 12 through Friday, May 14, 2021.


There are two options for participating in GLAC 27:

- 30-minute papers on original research (20 minute talk, 10 minute question period)

- Poster sessions on research (via prerecorded “lightning talks” and breakout rooms for discussion)


Papers and posters may be on any linguistic or philological aspect of any historical or modern Germanic language or dialect, including English (to the Early Modern period) and the extraterritorial varieties. Papers from the full range of linguistic and philological subfields, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, stylistics, language variation, language typology, metrics, first and second language acquisition, foreign language education, language contact and language change, as well as differing theoretical perspectives, are welcome. All abstracts will undergo anonymous peer review.


Abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format by March 1, 2021. For more information on submission guidelines, see


About the Society for Germanic Linguistics


The Society for Germanic Linguistics (SGL), founded in 1968, is the largest and most active organization in North America to serve the broad community of scholars teaching and researching in Germanic Linguistics and Philology. The international membership of the SGL embraces all areas of and approaches to Germanic linguistics and philology, from formal syntax and phonology through historical linguistics to textual editing.


The Society represents scholars investigating languages such as Modern German, Dutch, Yiddish, the Scandinavian languages, Afrikaans, Pennsylvania German, English before 1500, and Gothic, as well as texts and manuscripts in these languages. The Society publishes the Journal of Germanic Linguistics (JGL), which appears quarterly. The international Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC) is held each spring under the auspices of the Society.



Officers and Executive Committee for 2021


President, David Fertig (2019-2021)

Vice-President, Michael Putnam (2021-2023)

Secretary, Mary Grantham O'Brien (2020-2022)

Treasurer, Carlee Arnett (2020-2022)


Executive Committee


Laura Catharine Smith (2019-2021)

Joshua Bousquette (2019-2021)

Chris Sapp (2020-2022)

Katerina Somers (2020--2022)

Nick Henry (2021-2023)

Carrie Jackson (2021-2023)




Representing the Executive Committee of the Discussion Group for Germanic Philology,

Modern Language Association of America (ex officio)

Stephen Carey



Chair, JGL Editorial Committee (ex officio)

Tracy Alan Hall


The Bylaws of the Society for Germanic Linguistics, as last amended and ratified by the membership on April 21, 2017.





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