General Session Proposals

General Session Proposals (EXTENDED DEADLINE: October 9, 2022)

While we especially welcome abstracts that address the conference theme, we also welcome abstracts on other subjects in language documentation and conservation, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Archiving and mobilizing language materials 
  • Ethical issues
  • Indigenous language education
  • Indigenous sign languages
  • Language and its relation to health and well being
  • Language planning
  • Language reclamation and revitalization
  • Language work in the era of covid-19
  • Lexicography, grammar, orthography and corpus design
  • Multidisciplinary language documentation
  • Recognizing relationships
  • Successful models of documentation
  • Technology in documentation and reclamation
  • Topics in areal language documentation
  • Training and capacity building in language work

Presentation formats

Papers: Paper presenters will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation. Papers will be pre-recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel before the ICLDC. During the ICLDC, paper presenters will be present for live, moderated Q&A sessions over Zoom. 

Posters: Posters will be digital and on display asynchronously throughout the entire conference. There will also be a synchronous Poster Session in which poster presenters will be able to reply to questions and interact online with other attendees.

All paper and poster presentations will be archived in ScholarSpace, the University of Hawaiʻi Repository, for continued viewing after the end of the ICLDC.

How to prepare your abstract proposal

  • Content: Abstracts should describe the content of the proposed paper or poster and clearly address the proposed topic’s actual or potential social impacts, outcomes or implications.
  • Abstract Length: Please limit your proposal to 400 words, not including references. 
  • Format: Upload your abstract as an MS Word or PDF file. Name your file using the first author’s last name, e.g., “author.pdf.” 
  • Language: Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the region discussed.
  • Authors may submit no more than one individual and one co-authored proposal (including participation in a Workshop or Talk Story Session proposal), or no more than two co-authored proposals. In no case may an author submit more than one individually-authored proposal.
  • Proposals for papers and posters are due by October 9 (extended deadline), 2022, with notification of acceptance by November 1, 2022.

Most Impactful Paper Awards

Awards for Most Impactful Paper will be given to the six best abstracts by (i) students and/or (ii) members of an underrepresented language community who are actively working to document their heritage language and are not employed by a college or university. If you or one of your co-presenters is eligible, go ahead and mark yourself as eligible accordingly. The Award will come with an honorarium of US$200. If your proposal receives an Award, we will contact you to discuss which eligible person(s) will receive the honorarium. NOTE: Please be advised that the honoraria are considered taxable income under U.S. tax laws. U.S. citizens and residents can expect to receive a 1099 form to figure into their annual tax return for 2023. Non-U.S. citizens/residents will have the applicable taxable amount (typically 30%) deducted from the scholarship check prior to receipt.


  • May 2022: Call for Proposals announced
  • August 1, 2022: Proposals for Workshops and Talk Story Sessions deadline
  • September 1, 2022: Notification of acceptance to Workshops and Talk Story Sessions
  • October 9, 2022: Proposal deadline (extended) for general papers and posters
  • November 1, 2022: Notification of acceptance for general papers and posters
  • November 1, 2022: Early registration opens
  • January 31, 2023: Early registration deadline; late registration opens February 1
  • March 2 – March 5, 2023: 8th ICLDC


All questions about submissions should be emailed to