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The 2nd Annual Virginia Area Undergraduate Linguistics Conference
William & Mary, April 4, 2020


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The Virginia Area Undergraduate Linguistics (VALING) Conference is an undergraduate research conference dedicated to promoting the study of linguistics by undergraduates in Virginia and the greater Mid-Atlantic area by sharing exemplary undergraduate research and fostering a dialogue between students of linguistics and other language-related topics across various institutions. Research across any linguistic discipline is welcome, including: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, field work, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, etc. We hope to have a wide range of different linguistics topics represented.

Invited speaker

Katie Carmichael (Virginia Tech)

  • 9 - 10 AM: Registration (coffee and muffins provided)
  • 10 - Noon: Welcome > Poster Session
  • Noon - 1:30 PM: Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30 - 3:00 PM: Talk Session #1
  • 3:00 - 3:30 PM: Coffee and Snack Break
  • 3:30 - 4:30 PM: Talk Session #2
  • 4:30 - 5:30 PM: Invited Speaker Katie Carmichael (Virginia Tech)
  • 6:00 PM: Dinner Reservation at Peter Chang (guests pay for their own meals; reserve seat on registration form)

Talk Session #1

  • Spot the (d/t)ifference: Examining sensitivity to negative lag voicing across US dialects (Jessie Yu, Emma Saunders, Lily Carroll, Nicole DeFoor, Hayley Wood, & Abby Walker, Virginia Tech)
  • Underspecification in retrieval for language processing (Adam An, William & Mary)
  • Give It to Me Straight: The Implications of the HONESTY IS STRAIGHT Metaphor on Perceptions of Sexuality (Lily Carroll, Virginia Tech)

Talk Session #2

  • English-Spanish Phonology Sharing (Becki Smyder, William & Mary)
  • Verb Regularity Predicts Spanish Heritage Speakers’ Mood Morphology Preferences (Josh Higdon, University of Richmond)


  • The use of “themself” to refer to a singular antecedent (Cassie Davenport, William & Mary)
  • The student presented to the student: Effects of lexical repetition and syntactic structure on sentence processing (Antonio Cardoso, Donte Lowman, Leslie Gaines, & Matthew W. Lowder, University of Richmond)
  • Bilingualism and Emotion: does emotion influence codeswitching in bilingual speakers? (Alyssa Grzesiak, William & Mary)
  • The ART of individual differences (Jaclyn Opie, Gwynna Ryan, & Matthew W. Lowder, University of Richmond)
  • Processing of relative clauses in spoken language (Gwynna Ryan & Matthew W. Lowder, University of Richmond)
  • Bilingualism and Emotion: How do Spanish-English bilinguals experience the two languages differently? (Caitlyn Whitesell, William & Mary)
  • Phonotactic repair strategies in early reading development (George Wright, George Mason University)
  • The lab discussed by the student: Early sense selection for metonyms appearing as sentence subjects (Adrian Zhou, Neela Klein, Peter Kade, Gibran Merchant, & Matthew W. Lowder, University of Richmond)

Registration is free for all attendees! However, we ask that you register here so we can get a head count for seating, lunch, and dinner. Please register by March 28 to guarantee a spot for lunch.


Submissions are now closed.

Travel and Accommodation

The conference will be held in Blow Hall, room 201 on the campus of College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Click here for a map. Williamsburg offers plenty of hotels if you would like to arrive early/leave late. Click here for an overview of hotels available in the area. There is also the option of Airbnb. We are currently working on obtaining crash space for students attending the conference from out of town. Students can indicate whether they would like crash space (if available) on the registration site. Parking on campus is not enforced on weekends.

Important dates
  • Abstract submission deadline: February 16, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: March 6, 2020
  • Registration opens: March 6, 2020
  • Registration deadline: March 28, 2020
  • Conference: April 4, 2020
Contact information

For more information, please contact conference organizers Dan Parker (dparker@wm.edu) or Kate Harrigan (kharrigan@wm.edu).