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52nd Students' Conference of Linguistics (StuTS 52)

52nd Students' Conference of Linguistics, November 21-25, Berlin

Dear DGfS members,

the DGfS has been supporting the Students' Conferences of Linguistics (StuTS) for a number of years as they often provide a first opportunity to collect conference experience to highly motivated students. Below you will find the call for papers/participation for the next StuTS. Please circulate it and inform your students about StuTS.

Thank you!

Best wishes,

          Manfred Sailer (DGfS secretary)


52nd Students' Conference of Linguistics (StuTS)


The 52nd Students' Conference of Linguistics (StuTS) will take place in Berlin, November 21-25, 2012, at campus locations of Freie Universität (FU) and Technische Universität Berlin (TU). After 17 years, StuTS returns to Berlin - it is jointly organized by students of all four Berlin universities.

We invite students of linguistics and everyone else interested in the field to give a presentation in German or English, for example on the subject of a term paper, thesis or dissertation project. Alternatively, you can also simply take part in order to attend the talks and meet students from all over Germany and Europe. We therefore want to bring together students from as many different linguistic disciplines as possible. Moreover, we will try out tutorials as a new format for introducing methods and tools.

Important dates are listed below. One shall be highlighted: the early-bird discount is available until 2012-10-07.

Registration is open: http://stuts52.de/en/


Conventional talks may take 20 or 40 minutes (plus 5 resp. 10 minutes for Q&A). They are typically based on an term or seminar paper or an academic thesis.

Besides talks, tutorials can be given as well. By this we mean 20- or 40-minutes talks that introduce a method or tool. Each tutorial should be based on a linguistic use case. For a LaTeX tutorial e.g., it is not sufficient to give an overall introduction to the tool. Instead, details specific to linguistics should be addressed. In the case of LaTeX this could be the listing and annotation of samples, drawing syntax trees and other graphs. A term paper or final thesis may be an appropriate use case for a LaTeX tutorial. Therefore the speaker should prepare a skeleton of such a paper that is to be discussed during the tutorial. Furthermore, a handout is necessary that explains essential LaTeX environments and provides further sources of information on LaTeX like forums and on-line references. The skeleton paper and the handout will be available on the StuTS website so that the participants can later work with them. The presentation of the tool or method should also allow a choice: it has to demonstrate the pros and cons of the method or tool and at least mention alternatives. In your abstract, please do not only state the name of the tool or method but also the use case and prior knowledge required to follow your tutorial.

Workshops are not planned, since slots during the StuTS are too short for intensive interaction. Nevertheless, the audience should be involved in the talks and tutorials whenever possible.

Important Dates

2012-10-07 Last day with early-bird discount
2012-11-11 Abstract submission deadline
2012-11-11 Deadline for registrations*
2012-11-21 Arrival
2012-11-22 StuTS at FU Berlin
2012-11-23-2012-11-24 StuTS at TU Berlin
2012-11-25 Goodbye
* if space isn't exhausted earlierStudierende der vier Berliner Universitäten organisieren gemeinsam vom 21. bis zum 25. November 2012 die 52. Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft.

The StuTS 52 organizing team


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