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Abstracts will be submitted to a six-member panel for anonymous review, and should be submitted electronically to EASY ABSTRACTS (EasyAbs) (see below for instructions). Submitters should expect an acknowledgement of receipt from the Secretariat or automated acknowledgement via EasyAbs. If you do not receive any form of acknowledgement, you should e-mail within a week to confirm receipt. This could be 1) due to internet problems or 2) due to incorrect submission of abstracts as per the instructions below - wrongly submitted abstracts will generally receive no acknowledgement.

**Deadline for Submission of Abstracts -




Please follow these seven instructions carefully. If the instructions are not followed, abstracts WILL BE rejected altogether and will not be considered. No acknowledgement of receipt will be sent in the case of such submissions. Late abstracts will not be considered or acknowledged. Please note that there is a limit of one abstract per person, although an individual is allowed to submit a second abstract as part of a group of authors.

1. Word limit : An abstract must be no more than 500 words (see suggestions for successful abstracts below). Please indicate the word count at the bottom of the abstract. Except for the instructions given below, no special form or format is needed for this initial submission of the abstract.

2. At the top of the abstract, put the title .

3. To ensure anonymity , do not put your name in the abstract name or in the abstract itself.

4. Special fonts: Please use Doulos SIL (a Unicode font available at http://scripts.sil.org/DoulosSIL_download). If you use any other font in your abstract or your paper, you must also send either (a) a paper copy - ask for the postal address (same deadline), or (b) a PDF file by e-mail, as special fonts often do not transmit accurately, except for IPA extensions in Unicode fonts such as Lucida Sans Unicode. If you send a hard copy, indicate at the bottom of your e-mail that a hard copy has been mailed. You should send your special fonts file via attachment. If you use the PDF option, and need a PDF creator, go to this site to choose a free downloadable PDF creator: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PDF_software.

Adobe PDF files can also be created online at http://createpdf.adobe.com

5. Submitting your abstract :

Sending via EasyAbs . Register with EasyAbs

6. When submitting your abstract, please indicate whether you are submitting as part of a proposed panel .

7. Please indicate whether you prefer to present your paper as a poster or as an oral presentation. (Posters should be a maximum of 3' w x 31/2'h). Once your abstract has been accepted, you will be asked to indicate your multimedia needs, if any.

8. Participants should indicate what language they plan to present in (French, English, Spanish or Kwéyòl) and whether they will need interpretation at the conference. These facilities may or may not be available.


Please note that all conference papers will be put onto the conference CD for distribution AFTER the conference. The format for the submission of papers will be sent to all those whose abstracts have been accepted and whose papers will have been delivered at the conference.




1. Abstracts are more often rejected because they omit crucial information rather than because of errors in what they do include. Make sure the abstract clearly indicates your point.

2. Choose a title that clearly indicates the topic of the paper, but is as short as possible.

3. State the problem or research question, with specific reference to relevant prior research.

4. State the main point or argument of the proposed presentation.

5. Cite sufficient data, and explain why and how they support the main point or argument. When examples are in languages or varieties other than standard English, provide word-by-word glosses and capitalise the portions of the examples which are critical to the argument. Explain abbreviations at their first occurrence.

6. Indicate the nature of the research design and the specific hypothesis. If your paper is not yet complete, report the results you have already obtained (or what you expect to obtain) in sufficient detail so that your abstract may be properly evaluated.

7. State the relevance of your ideas to past work or to the future development of the field. Describe analyses in as much detail as possible. Avoid saying in effect "a solution to this problem will be presented." State what the "solution" is/might be. If you are taking a stand on an issue, summarise the arguments that lead you to your position.

8. In-text citations of the relevant literature are usually essential, but do not attach a separate list of references at the end of the abstract.



30 JULY- 3 AUGUST 2012

Deadline for Sheraton group rate
30 JUNE 2012


15 APRIL 2012
(30 APRIL 2012 for those
received by extended deadline)


15 February 2012
***Extended to
1 March 2012***



Society for Caribbean Linguistics:

Dr Jo-Anne Ferreira
The University of the West Indies
St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
E-mail: secretary@scl-online.net

Local Organising Committee:
Chanti Seymour
Janet Donnelly
College of the Bahamas
Oakes Field, P.O. Box N-4912
Nassau, The Bahamas
Email: cseemore@hotmail.com
janetldonnelly@ gmail.com