Do you want to display your linguistics works at a collegiate-level conference? The second annual SFA Linguistics Conference will take place on Thursday, May 1, at SFA. Its projects will focus on topics related to linguistics, language and media. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to participate, regardless of their area of study.
To start, one must submit an abstract up to 250 words, both summarizing and introducing the project to be presented. The project chosen may be an original idea or from a class or work. The abstract is due online via the submission form by March 7. Prospective participants will hear back regarding their acceptance into the conference by March 17.
A new option unique to this year’s conference is the choice to present either a poster or a presentation of one’s project. The poster needs to be a designed and printed professional poster. It will be displayed for conference attendees to ask questions about the student’s work. The presentation session, on the other hand, needs to be ten minutes long and displayed using either PowerPoint or Prezi.
Lindsey Chandler, senior deaf and hard of hearing education major from Diboll, showcased her presentation last year titled, "Put it Together: ASL Vs. English Sentence Structure."
"I freaked out the whole time I was preparing my Prezi show, and when I got there maybe two people looked at my presentation,” Chandler said. “I found the conference very laid back for the participants as well as the presenters. Everyone was so friendly and genuinely interested in learning something new. Overall, the experience was great."
Another student, Thomas Wallner also agrees that the conference was a positive experience.
"It was an interesting experience to see the dedicated work people put into their projects and it brought me new knowledge of linguistics that I was previously unaware of," Wallner said.
A short question-and-answer session will follow.
When submitting the abstract, students need to choose between a poster or presentation. If the manner of the presentation is undecided, consideration for either is possible. Once accepted, one will be notified for which session their work was accepted.
Three workshops will be available to help with the presentations and add encouragement. The Abstract Workshop will take place at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, and will cover how to write a good abstract. Following acceptance notifications, there will be workshops offered over designing professional posters and designing multimedia presentations.
Dr. Jessie Sams, assistant professor of linguistics in the department of English at SFA, organized the conference. Sams aims to help students showcase their work. For more information and to access the abstract submission form, visit her webpage on this event at http://jessiesams.wix.com/sfalinguistics-conf.