The Inaugural Virginia Area Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium
College of William & Mary, April 13, 2019


About | Speakers | Call for papers | Submission | Registration | Travel Dates | Contact


VALING 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 speakers

Abby Walker (Virginia Tech)
Matthew Lowder (University of Richmond)

Call for papers

We are pleased to accept papers for the first annual Virginia Area Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium (VALING), which will be held on April 13, 2019 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. The event will consist of both oral and poster presentations. Oral presentations will be 20 minutes with 5 minutes for questions afterwards. Poster presentations will occur simultaneously during a morning session.

Abstract submission

If you are interested in participating, please prepare an abstract following these general guidelines: 500 words, minimum 11 point font, Arial font, single spaced, with a second page for graphs, figures and references. Examples should be interspersed in the text.

Abstracts may be submitted by emailing them in PDF form to using the following naming convention: “yourlastname_yourinstitution_VALING.pdf” (for example: “Harrigan_WilliamandMary_VALING.pdf”).

The deadline for abstract submission is February 18, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.


Registration opens in Spring 2019 and closes April 6, 2019. Check back in the Spring for more information.

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. We are currently working with our conference services organization to reserve a block of rooms at a nearby hotel for conference attendees, so please check back in early spring for more details. 

Important dates
  • Abstract submission deadline: February 18, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2019
  • Registration opens: March 1, 2019
  • Registration deadline: April 6, 2019
  • Colloquium: April 13, 2019
Contact information

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