Germanic Linguistics
Annual Conference


The Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC) is the yearly conference of the Society for Germanic Linguistics. The ninth conference will be held Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27, 2003, at the University at Buffalo (State University of New York). The last conference in the series, GLAC-8, was held at Indiana University, April 26-28, 2002.


Call for Papers

Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit abstracts for 20- or 30-minute papers (plus 10 minutes of discussion) on any linguistic or philological aspect of any historical or modern Germanic language or dialect, including English (to the Early Modern period) and the extra-territorial varieties. Papers from a range of linguistic subfields, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, contact, and change, as well as differing theoretical approaches, are welcome. Please specify whether you would prefer a 20-minute or a 30-minute slot for your presentation.

Papers will be selected for the program by a broad-based committee in a double-blind process. Please send to the address below a one-page abstract in a 12-point font. Abstracts should fill an entire page. In the upper left-hand corner of the abstract, include your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone/fax numbers, and e-mail address. This information will be concealed when the abstract is copied for distribution to the selection committee, but it will appear in the conference program. Abstracts may be sent either as hard copy or as PDF files. Electronic abstracts will be accepted only in the form of PDF files sent as e-mail attachments to: Please use "GLAC-9 abstract (PDF)" as the subject line. Consulting the LSA guidelines may be useful in formulating abstracts. Submissions must be received by January 2, 2003. Notifications of acceptance will be distributed by February 1, 2003.

c/o Robert Hoeing
Department of Linguistics
609 Baldy Hall
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Buffalo, NY 14260 U.S.A

Speakers and program 

The following speakers will present plenary addresses at the conference:

Molly Diesing, Cornell University
"Asymmetries of Superiority In Yiddish"

Jay Jasanoff, Harvard University
"The Origin of the Dental Preterite: A New Perspective"

Theo Vennemann, Universität München
"The birth of Germanic: Towards an absolute chronology"

The conference program is available in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) or MSWord format.

Abstracts for all talks are available in .pdf format.

Location and lodging

All conference sessions will be held at the University Inn on the edge of UB's suburban North Campus. A block of rooms has been reserved at the University Inn. Graduate students interested in arranging crash space should contact the conference organizers.


The conference site is about 15 minutes from Buffalo Niagara International Airport and a similar distance from the Buffalo-Depew Amtrak station. Colleagues arriving from Canada and overseas may wish to take advantage of Niagara Air Bus's regular service between Buffalo and Toronto International Airport (about 2 hours each way). Those arriving by car will find directions and maps on the University Inn's website. Maps of UB's North Campus can be found here.



The GLAC-9 registration page ( gives you the option of registering online (with payment by credit card) or printing out a registration form (in .pdf or MSWord format) which you can mail to us with your payment.


Support and Awards for Graduate Students

As in past years, due to the generosity of the Society for Germanic Linguistics, some limited travel support will be available to graduate students presenting papers at the conference. We anticipate being able to offer support in the range $150-$300 this year, depending on the resources available and the number of applicants.

Beginning with GLAC-6, thanks to generous funding from the Diebold Foundation, a number of prizes in the amount of $250 have been awarded to the best graduate student papers presented at the conference. A jury of three members appointed by the Executive Committee of the Society for Germanic Philology will judge conference papers submitted in writing within four weeks of the conference.



We gratfully acknowledge the generous support of the following sponsors:

Max Kade Foundation

Diebold Foundation

Society for Germanic Linguistics

The University at Buffalo:

College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean

Office Of The Vice President For Research: Interdisciplinary Research And Creative Activities Fund

Office of the Vice Provost for International Education

Graduate Group for German and Austrian Studies

Graduate Philosophy Association

Department of Linguistics

Edward H. Butler Chair in the Department of English



For further information, please contact the conference organizers, David Fertig <> and Robert Hoeing <>.