12th Workshop on the Semantics of Under-represented Languages of the Americas (SULA 12).

 Fall in Ottawa


SULA 12 (Semantics of Under-represented Languages of the Americas) will take place at the University of Ottawa on October 13th to 16th, 2022. SULA is a biannual linguistics conference whose goals are to strengthen the connection between semantic fieldwork and formal semantic theory and to foster the study of problems of semantics in languages of the Americas that had not received much attention in the early development of theoretical semantics (these include Amerindian languages, sign languages, and creoles, whether official or not where they are spoken, but also nonstandard varieties of national languages, among others).

SULA 12 is planned to be held in person, contingent on the sanitary situation and any restrictions on gathering or movement. All talks will be live-streamed, and we plan to be flexible in terms of accommodating remote presentations where needed.

This year's edition of SULA is held concurrently with a workshop on Lexicography in Indigenous Languages of the Americas, aimed primarily at native-speaker lexicographers, as well as at professional linguists engaged in collaborative research. Information about LILA will be available in April.

If you'd like to help with getting the word out, please download and print our poster or forward the first call for papers. Thanks in advance!

Invited speakers

  • Marianne Huijsmans, University of British Columbia
  • Paloma Jeretič, Leibniz Center for General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin
  • Kimberly Johnson, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Pedro Mateo Pedro, University of Toronto
  • Maziar Toosarvandani, University of California at Santa Cruz

2022 Call for abstracts

The conference will feature both 20-minute talks and poster presentations. Abstracts will automatically be considered for both formats, and the program committee will recommend the most adequate format for each submission. Abstracts may be submitted until June 15th by means of EasyChair, and should be uploaded for evaluation in a single anonymous PDF file, with at most 1 page of text (with an additional page for data and references). The PDF file must contain the title of the talk, and be written single-spaced with 2.5 cm margins and 12 point font. Abstracts may be in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French. Talks and posters may in addition be delivered in any indigenous language of the Americas.


March 15, 2022 Abstract submission opens on EasyChair
June 15, 2022 Abstract submission deadline (extended from 15/5)
July 15, 2022 Notifications
July 15, 2022 Registration opens
October 13, 2022 Conference begins


The program can be downloaded here. Registration is free, but please fill out the registration form.

Links to handouts, asynchronous poster presentations, and the live stream of the talks will be available here by October 12th.


The location of all SULA talks is Hamelin 509, in the main campus of the University of Ottawa. The most convenient lodging options near the University are Les Suites, Le Germain, The Swiss Hotel, and the all-female Barefoot Hostel, but any hotel in the downtown core is within a 15-minute walk of the campus.


The organizing committee for SULA 12 is headed by Andrés Pablo Salanova.

SULA and LILA are made possible thanks to the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through Connection grant 611-2022-0053, with additional support from the Faculty of Arts and the Research Development Program at the University of Ottawa, the Department of Linguistics and the School of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Ottawa, and the Embassy of Paraguay in Canada.

Previous editions

  • SULA 11 was held virtually at El Colegio de México in August 2020.
  • SULA 10 was held at the University of Toronto in 2018.
  • SULA 9 was held at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2016.
  • SULA 8 was held at the University of British Columbia in 2014.
  • SULA 7 was held at Cornell University in 2012.
  • SULA 6 was held at the University of Manchester in 2011.
  • SULA 5 was held at Harvard and MIT in 2009.
  • SULA 4 was held at the University of São Paulo in 2007.
  • SULA 3 was held at the University at Buffalo in 2005.
  • SULA 2 was held at the University of British Columbia in 2003.
  • SULA 1 was held at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001.

For a more detailed overview of the history of SULA, please visit this page.