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The 4th Annual Purdue Linguistics, Literature, and Second Language Studies Conference (PLLS)

March 1-3, 2019. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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The School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue Linguistics Association, and the Language Studies Program at Purdue University are happy to announce the Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference. The aim of the conference is to an environment that supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects to the fields of study in language and language use. The theme of this conference is  'Inform, Perform, Transform'. This theme was chosen because it highlights the informative, performative, and transformative nature of language: language, enabled by its inherent structure and creative and generative power, informs us of cultures, peoples, desires, emotions, material conditions, and power structures, performs identities and subjectivities, and transforms the status quo, be it imbalance, marginalization, tension, or conflict. Preference will be given to presentations that fit this theme, though other topics in the areas of linguistics, literature, and second language studies will also be considered.

Plenary​ ​Speakers

Dr. Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto)

Dr. Paula Leverage (Purdue University)

Dr. Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University)

The conference schedule is available here: