The High Desert Linguistics Society is thrilled to announce the 15th biennial High Desert Linguistics Society Conference! This student-organized conference will take place from Friday, November 11th, through Sunday, November 13th, 2022 in a hybrid format. In-person presentations will be held in the Student Union Building at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and streamed simultaneously over Zoom. These presentations will be supplemented by virtual talks, lightning talks, poster presentations, and asynchronous discussion.

We are honored to announce our keynote speakers:

Friday, November 11th- Corrine Occhino (Syracuse University)
Corrine Occhino is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the School of Education and in Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Occhino is the Program Coordinator for the ASL and Deaf Studies Program. Her research focuses on how the embodied linguistic experiences of signers influence the organization and processing of signed langauges. Dr. Occhino teaches courses on signed langauges and Deaf Cultures, signed language linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics.

Saturday, November 12th - Mary Hermes (University of Minnesota)
Mary Hermes is an Associate Professor in The College of Education & Human Development, Curriculum and Instruction. She helped found the Waadookodaading School in Lac Court Oreilles and is the lead researcher for the Ojibwe Conversational Archives project. Today, her work takes her into the homes of elders recording the language. It also takes her into the homes of young families to investigate the effectiveness of various teaching methods and technologies.

Sunday, November 13th - Amalia Skilton (Cornell University)
Amalia Skilton is a postdoctoral researcher at the Cornell University and previously the University of Texas at Austin. Skilton studies how children learn to direct others’ attention: are joint attention behaviors (directing others’ attention by combining gestures and words) learned from adults. Skilton currently studies the development of general interactive skills in children learning Ticuna (isolate) in northwestern Amazonia.

The central theme of the conference is “Language and Linguistics in a fast-changing world”, and how this topic is present in the fields of cognitive, functional, typological linguistics, and sociolinguistics, as well as the neighboring disciplines of anthropology and education.