The series of conferences on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature, and Folklore was initiated in 1978 by a small group of Balkan linguists at the University of Chicago. A conference has been held every two years since then: University of Chicago (1978, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996), Indiana University Bloomington (1982, 1986, 1994), University of Toronto (1990), University of Arizona, Tucson (1998), University of Kansas (2000), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002), University of Mississippi (2004), University of California, Berkeley (2006), Banff, Canada (2008), and The Ohio State University (2010). The 18th conference in this series will be the very first time that the University of Washington (http://www.washington.edu/discover/visit/) and Seattle (http://cityofseattle.net) will serve as host for this event, which showcases research in Slavic (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian), Romance (Dacoromanian, Aromanian, Meglenoromanian, Judezmo), Greek, Albanian, Romani, and Turkic (Turkish and Gagauz) languages, literature, and folklore.

The 18th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore has been made possible by the generous support of the following:

- Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; University of Washington (http://depts.washington.edu/slavweb)
- Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies; University of Washington (http://jsis.washington.edu/)
- The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities; University of Washington (http://depts.washington.edu)
- Department of Linguistics; University of Washington (http://depts.washington.edu/lingweb/)
- Department of Comparative Literature; University of Washington (http://depts.washington.edu/complit/)

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