WSCLA 23, the 23rd Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas, will take place at the University of Ottawa on April 13-15, 2018.

The Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA) is an annual linguistics conference which started in 1995. The central objective of WSCLA is to bring together linguists who are engaged in research on the formal study of the Aboriginal languages of the Americas in order to exchange ideas across theories, language families, generations of scholars, and across the academic and non-academic communities who are involved in language maintenance and revitalization.

Information on previous WSCLAs may be found on Wikipedia.

Though WSCLA has been held primarily in English in the past, abstracts for this edition will be accepted in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Call for Papers

We invite the submission of abstracts for 20-minute talks and for poster presentations on topics relating to the grammatical structure (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) of indigenous languages of North, South or Mesoamerica. Abstracts may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.

Please submit your abstract for a paper in .pdf format through EasyChair before midnight EST on January 15th, 2018 January 29th, 2018. Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages in length including references and examples (minimum 12 pt Times family font, 2cm margins). Attachments should be anonymous.

Submissions are limited to two abstracts per author, including at most one single-authored abstract. (In other words, you may contribute to two coauthored abstracts, or one co-authored abstract plus one single-authored abstract.)


Advanced registration will open on January 1st, 2018.


The program will be posted as soon as evaluation of abstracts is completed.


WSCLA 23 is hosted by the Linguistics Department of the University of Ottawa. Information on food and lodging in Ottawa will be posted here as soon as registration is open.