HDLS 10th biennial conference

Updated Oct, 2012


Note: Submissions are now CLOSED for HDLS 10, 2012

The High Desert Linguistics Society (HDLS) is the graduate student association of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Linguistics Department (College of Arts and Sciences). The purpose of HDLS is to promote the exchange of ideas among students pursuing higher education in linguistics and related disciplines. During the 2013-14 academic year, we will be hosting the 10th High Desert Linguistics Society Conference (HDLS-11) from November 13-15, 2012.

Preceding conferences have been highly successful events and each has grown substantially beyond the last. We foresee that HDLS-10 will continue this positive trend by attracting high-quality scholarship that enhances our understanding of current issues in linguistics. The conference provides a venue for scholars to present their work within the frameworks of cognitive and functional approaches to linguistic analysis, focusing on the study of indigenous languages and signed languages.

The HDLS-10 conference provides an opportunity for scholars in linguistics and related fields to convene and share ideas with other scholars, researchers, faculty, and students. This conference is organized and staffed entirely by UNM graduate students, and HDLS actively solicits the participation of the UNM community. Over the years, the conference has evolved from a small, UNM-centered event to one of international scope and recognition, while remaining particularly accessible to the UNM community.

In response to the growing number of conference attendees each year, we now include a poster session. This session, which is becoming an increasingly popular event at linguistics conferences, will offer another means through which presenters can display their work.

Our conference serves as a platform for raising awareness among academics concerning Spanish linguistics, signed languages in deaf communities, linguistic anthropology, endangered languages in indigenous communities and educational linguistics - both local and global. This exchange of ideas can help build a bridge between communities, linguists, and language activists. We have been successful in achieving this goal in the past, partly due to our association with UNM’s Department of Linguistics. Our linguistics department has gained recognition for conducting quality research in Native American linguistics, typology, signed language linguistics, and cognitive-functional approaches to the study of human language.