Call for papers

We sincerely regret to announce that, due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent uncertainty surrounding travel plans and campus closures, we have decided to cancel SALSA XXVIII. This was a difficult choice to make, and we hope to see you at next year's conference. We will still put together a proceedings of accepted talks, so please stay tuned for information about that.

The annual Symposium About Language and Society, Austin (SALSA) is now accepting submissions for April 10-11th, 2020. 2020's theme Texts in Circulation: Language, Power, and Identity continues SALSA’s tradition of promoting the study of language and its intersection with society. Originally created through the joint efforts of students from the departments of Linguistics, Anthropology, and Communication Studies at The University of Texas, SALSA grew as a transdisciplinary conference through presentations from a variety of fields, including foreign language education, educational psychology, media studies, and the language departments of French & Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, German, and English. SALSA's annual proceedings appear in special editions of the Texas Linguistic Forum.

The study of language and communication has focused on power and identity at multiple levels of linguistic expression, such as: grammatical forms, rhetorical strategies, and full discourses. Power and identity interact with texts of any modality, including written, signed, spoken, gestured, and visualized. We welcome papers from all disciplines which examine how power and identity are expressed through the medium of texts, and explore questions such as:

These topics are meant to serve as guideposts. Please feel free to submit papers on other topics related to this year's theme.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for abstract submission is January 25 February 3, 2020. The call for papers may be read below or downloaded here.

Please send 300 to 500 word abstracts to with the subject line "SALSA XXVIII Abstract".

Please include the following in your email message but NOT in the abstract (with the exception of the title, which should appear in both):

In abstracts, use 12pt Times New Roman font, with 1.5 inter-line spacing.

Questions can be sent to