University of Washington Department of Linguistics and LSUW present
The 2012 Northwest Linguistics Conference
Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8, at the UW Campus in Seattle

About NWLC
The Northwest Linguistics Conference (NWLC) is an annual conference hosted on a rotating basis by the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University. The conference brings together research in theoretical and applied linguistics by graduate students from around the world. The 2012 NWLC will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8, 2012, in Seattle at the Communications Building (CMU 120, 202, 226) of the University of Washington campus.

Proceedings from this conference will be published in a special edition of UW Working Papers in Linguistics.

Plenary Speakers
Barbara Citko, University of Washington
Ellen Kaisse, University of Washington

Important Dates
Jan 15  Deadline for abstract submissions
Feb 10  Notice of acceptance/rejection sent
Feb 25  Deadline for confirmation of attendence (for presenters)
Mar 5    Online registration begins
Apr 7     NWLC 28: Day 1
Apr 8     NWLC 28: Day 2
May 5    Conference Proceedings information updated
July 1    Conference Proceedings deadline

Site Updates
Mar 5    Preliminary Program available
             Online registration begins
Apr 4    Final Program available  
May 5   Conference Proceedings information updated

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Conference Information
The conference will run from 9:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday Apr 7 and from 9:00am to 12:30pm on Sunday Apr 8. Registration tables will be open each day at 8:30am. Click on "Schedule" above to see the tentative conference schedule.

Conference attendees are advised that a limited number of rooms have been volunteered by members of the UW Linguistics community, and are available to conference attendees at no cost. These rooms are available on a first-come, first served basis, with preference given to attendees who are presenting papers at the conference. Inquiries should go to uwnwlc [AT] u [DOT] washington [DOT] edu. Other housing options are listed on the Directions and Local Info page of this website.

Conference attendees needing visas to enter the United States should contact the NWLC Committee immediately regarding any letters of invitation or other documentation required for their visa. In most cases, attendees will need a B-1 visa, but in all cases you are advised to check with your local US Consulate to determine the best course of action.

Presenters are advised that laptops and projectors will be available in all conference rooms for those who wish to accompany their talk with slides. Laptops will be equipped with Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Reader. Presenters are urged to omit any unnecessary animations or graphics, as there will be little or no time for testing and troubleshooting presentations on the conference computers. Presenters whose slides contain foreign scripts or IPA transcriptions are advised to bring PDF slides rather than PowerPoint slides to avoid any possible font display problems.

Presenters wishing to distribute handouts with their talk must supply the handouts themselves. A 24-hour duplication facility is located within ten blocks of campus if needed. Presenters will be informed sometime in late March what the expected conference attendance will be and can make handouts accordingly.

Online registration for the conference is now open. All attendees and presenters are requested to pre-register through the online registration tool (click on "registration" at the top of this page. This is our only means of estimating attendance and is important for planning purposes. The whole process should only take a minute.

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The final program (with links to abstracts) is now online. 

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Registration for NWLC-12 is now open. Please click here to use our online registration tool to register.

Pre-registration is requested for all attendees to ensure that adequate facilities are reserved for the event. When you register, please also specify whether you will join us for the conference dinner on Apr 7 at Banana Leaf Cafe, a Thai restaurant within walking distance of the conference location on campus. We ask that everyone pay for themselves, but please let us know if you would like to attend so that we can confirm how many tables to reserve.

Attendance at the conference is free (donations to help offset room rentals and conference costs will be accepted on-site). It is not necessary to submit a paper in order to attend the conference.

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Conference Proceedings
Proceedings from this conference will be published in a special edition of UW Working Papers in Linguistics. The deadline for paper submission is 11:59pm Sunday, July 1st. Authors should limit their papers to 15 pages, and 3 additional pages can be added for reference and data. We have decided to use the Springer style guide for this special issue.

Word users should download this template.

LaTeX users please use this template.

You will need WinZip or other file extraction softwares to extract the files. Papers should be sent to

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How to Get There
By car: from I-5 northbound or southbound, take the NE 45th Street exit, and turn east on NE 45th St. The main entrance to the campus is on 45th St at 17th Ave NE (about 10 blocks east of the freeway). There is also a parking garage entrance on 15th Ave NE at NE 41st St. The UW Visitor Information website has more information available, including a printable campus vicinity map and a map of campus parking. Stop at the gatehouse on the campus entrance drive to purchase a daily parking pass, or find street parking nearby. Parking on campus is free from noon Saturday until midnight Sunday.

By train: Amtrak operates trains to and from Seattle's King Street Station. Trains from Vancouver, BC or Portland take about 4 hours, trains from Oakland take about 24 hours, trains from Chicago take about 48 hours. Long delays on passenger trains are not uncommon; please plan accordingly.

By plane: SeaTac International Airport is about 18 miles from the University of Washington. A map of airport ground transportation locations is here. Airport taxi stands are found on level 3 of the parking garage. Taxis to downtown will cost about $35, taxis to the University District slightly higher. Airport shuttle buses are also available and will likely cost around $20 to the U-District hotels. Reservations can be made online at the Shuttle Express website.

Train service from the airport to downtown is available on Sound Transit; the train terminal is across the parking garage from the main airport terminal. Metro bus service from SeaTac airport to downtown is also available at the south end of the baggage claim level. Note that there are two adjacent bus bays; go to Bay 2 for buses to Downtown Seattle. Between 6am and 9pm route 194 is fastest, at other times take route 174. Fare varies between $2.25 and $3.00 depending on time of day. If your hotel is downtown, you will most likely want to get off at University Street, but check with your hotel to see if this is the closest stop.

If your hotel is in the U-District, get a bus transfer slip from your driver when you pay the fare and get off Downtown at University Street. Depending on the time of day, this stop may be at street level or in the underground bus tunnel. If you're in the bus tunnel, buses 71, 72, and 73 to the University District will serve the University Street stop. If you're at ground level, you'll have to walk one block north to 4th & Union to catch buses 71, 72, or 73 to the University District. You will most likely want to get off at 45th & University Way, but check with your hotel to see if there is a closer stop.

Where to Stay
Locations and contact information for several University District hotels is here. The College Inn offers the closest, and probably the cheapest (and most spartan) accommodations. The University Hotel on the 47th and 12th Ave also offers rooms and suites at reasonable rates. If you prefer to stay downtown, a list of downtown hotels is here. Alternatively, a limited number of conference attendees may find free accommodation in private homes that have been volunteered by members of the UW Linguistics Department. Those interested should email uwnwlc [AT] uw [DOT] edu to arrange such shared housing.

What to Eat
Light refreshments will be provided during the event, and there are ample affordable restaurants (including vegetarian and vegan options) within a few blocks of the campus. Local students will be on hand at the conference to offer recommendations and directions.

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