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NELS 52 to be held at Rutgers!

Rutgers linguists are all prepped and ready to host 52nd NELS from October 29 – 31, 2021. The complete schedule of the program can be found here.

We have a wonderful list of invited speakers who will be joining us to talk about their research. Here’s the schedule for the invited talks and the links to their abstracts.

Dr. Enoch Aboh : The Multilingual Gaze: Implications for Formal Syntax
October 29,2021 (11:00AM - 12:00PM ET)

Dr. Jane Chandlee Modulating between input and output locality: a case study on phonological opacity
October 29,2021 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM ET)

Dr. Hazel Pearson Predicates of personal taste, genericity, and the individual-level/stage-level distinction
October 30,2021 (9:00AM - 10:00 AM ET)

Dr. Diane Lillo-Martin : The acquisition of pointing signs and pronominal systems in sign languages
October 30,2021 (1:30 - 2:30 PM ET)

Dr. Lisa Cheng: All about “hit”
October 31,2021 (9:00AM - 10:00 AM ET)


We would also like to bring your attention to three very special NELS@NELS events incorporated into the NELS program this year in order to help you Network, Educate, Learn, and Socialize:

Friday evening NELS@NELS 7:30-8:30 pm ET

Faculty Q@A panel featuring a subset of NELS presenters/faculty members, fielding questions coming directly from the NELS registration survey, moderated by a Rutgers faculty and grad student!

Topics covered will include research, writing, a bird’s eye view of the field, work-life balance, advice to students, the job market, and some fun personal reflection questions!

Saturday lunch NELS@NELS 12:15-1:30 pm ET

General gathering that will then splinter off into 4 breakout sessions, facilitated by NELS presenters/faculty members and Rutgers grad students. We will feature these four breakout rooms, divided by topics:

1. Reviewing, writing, publishing, and grants

2. Pedagogy of Syntax

3. Applying and interviewing for jobs

4. Starting out tenure track and work/life balance

Sunday morning NELS@NELS 8:00 -9:00 am ET

We’ve built this time into the schedule so you can take advantage of it as you wish! Use this time to meet with your mentor/mentee, come together and consult the NELS hive mind, meet fellow linguists over coffee/tea, or find another creative way to spend the time. We might also provide some other options based on feedback from the previous days of the conference!

For any inquiries, please reach out to us at