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.

This edition of WSCLA is held concurrently with the Symposium on American Indian Languages, which focuses on language documentation, maintenance and revitalization. Registration to WSCLA and SAIL is joint, and we aim to design the program to have as little overlap as possible.

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.)


Registration to SAIL/WSCLA will be done exclusively in person during the symposia. If you are an author with an accepted abstract for a talk or poster presentation, we will ask you by e-mail to confirm your presence by mid-March.

Registration fees for WSCLA/SAIL are $50 for faculty, $20 for students, and $10 for First Nations and Native American participants.

We ask that you confirm your presence by filling out the form available .


The preliminary program for WSCLA/SAIL can be found here. Abstracts may be found in this directory. Please note that SAIL descriptive and theoretical talks are scheduled with WSCLA talks. Color coding is used to indicate the rooms where the sessions take place: green for Simard 129, blue for Hamelin 509.


WSCLA 23 is hosted by the Linguistics Department of the University of Ottawa. The University of Ottawa is located in the downtown area. The department's address is 70 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5. Talks and receptions will happen in two buildings right off Laurier Avenue East: Hamelin Hall and Simard Hall (see schedule for exact room locations). A Campus Map is available at, while a map of the city is available at

Getting to the University

To get to campus with public transportation:

The OCTRANSPO website provides complete information about public transportation in the city. Single fare cost: $3.75. Exact change is required. Due to LRT construction, some routes have changed. If in doubt, please double check on the website or with drivers.
FROM AIRPORT. to the university campus, take bus 97 to the intersection of Laurier Avenue East and Nicholas Street (Laurier Station/University of Ottawa). Travel time is approximately 25 minutes.
FROM TRAIN STATION. Buses 61 and 62 (heading west to Stittsville or Terry Fox) go from the train station to campus (15 min), same stop as above.
FROM CENTRAL BUS STATION. Coming from Montreal by Greyhound bus, you may disembark downtown at the University of Ottawa (Laurier and Nicholas) before the bus heads to the central station; from Toronto, the bus arrives directly at the central station. From there, the bus service is a block away on Bank Street (buses 6 and 7 to Rideau Centre are the most direct options).


The following hotels, bead and breakfasts and hostels, organized according to proximity, are all within a 15 minute walk to the rooms where the symposia will be held.
King Edward Bed and Breakfast
The Jail Hostel
Les Suites Ottawa
Swiss Hotel
Barefoot Hostel
Ambassador BnB
The Westin
Embassy Suites
Capital Hill
Extended Stay Canada
Suite Dreams
McGee's Inn
Lord Elgin
The Metcalfe
Arc Hotel
Marriott Courtyard
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
We hope to provide limited crash space for student participants. Please contact us if you wish to try this option.

Eating during the symposia

Information will be available here shortly.

Internet and computer access

During the Symposia you will have access to the internet on campus.
The symposia are unable to provide access to computers or printers. Documents can be printed nearby at Merriam Print: (252 Laurier Ave East).