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)


Stay tuned!


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.


We are currently accepting general submissions for oral and poster presentations. Oral presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions afterwards. Poster presentations will be held in the morning in a joint poster session. If you are interested in participating, please prepare an abstract following these general guidelines: 500 words, minimum 11-point Arial font, single spaced, with a second page for graphs, figures and references. Examples should be interspersed in the text. Submit abstracts in PDF form to Dan Parker at using the following naming convention: “yourlastname-yourinstitution-VALING.pdf” (e.g., “Parker-WilliamandMary-VALING.pdf”). 

Abstract submission deadline: Sunday February 16, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.

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 free on weekends.

Important dates
  • Abstract submission deadline: February 16, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: March 6, 2020
  • Registration opens: March 6, 2020
  • Registration deadline: March 27, 2020
  • Conference: April 4, 2020
Contact information

For more information, please contact conference organizers Dan Parker ( or Kate Harrigan (