FAQ

Where is LingComm21 happening?
On an internet near you.

Which part of the internet?
More specifically, using a platform called Gather, which allows for proximity-based chat (in text, audio, and video) with people “near” you, thus facilitating breakout groups, poster sessions, and interstitial networking moments.

When is LingComm21 happening?
For much of the world, the conference will run April 19-22, in a single four-hour block each day beginning at UTC 20:00. That’s beginning at 10am in Honolulu, 1pm in Seattle, 4pm in Montreal, 9pm in London, and 10pm in Paris.
For those on the leading edge of time zones, the conference will run April 20-23, beginning at 6am in Melbourne and 8am in Auckland.

What time is that for me?
Use this time zone converter to figure out the date and time when the first day of the conference begins in your area.

Do I belong at LingComm21 even if I’m not a linguist? Does it count if I’m communicating in areas that aren’t online? Does it make sense for me to be on programming?
Yes! We believe strongly that both linguists and communicators have things to learn from each other – knowledge of a topic doesn’t always translate into communicating effectively about that topic. We’ve been inspired by scicomm (science communication) conferences, which contain a mix of media/policy folks who specialize in science-related topics as well as scientists from a wide variety of subfields who communicate beyond technical audiences. If you’re still wondering if you “count”, feel free to fill out the participation form anyway and let the organising committee decide rather than the inside of your head.

You might also be more of a linguistics enthusiast than a lingcommer (more interested in consuming the interesting things that other people make related to linguistics than in creating them yourself), and that’s also a wonderful thing to be! In that case, you might be more interested in the public-facing events of LingFest.

What is the conference language for LingComm21?
English is the default language for LingComm21. If there is sufficient interest indicated on the participation form, specific panels and/or meetups may be conducted in other languages – please express your interest there. Finally, during breaks, we encourage you to communicate with other conference participants in whatever language(s) you share!

What accessibility is being provided?
Main events will largely be in English with English live-captions by a trained captioner. Text chat options in English will be available for breakout and networking sessions, and we’re also happy to arrange complementary registration/tech demos for any interpreters you might want to bring. Both official and informal programming (panels, meetups, and so on) is being formed out of the interests and backgrounds of participants, so we encourage participants to note if they’d be interested in events in other languages, whether signed or spoken.

Have other accessibility needs or questions?
Let us know via the participation form, on social media, or by emailing linguistics.communication@gmail.com.

Can I or my company/institution/organization sponsor the conference?
Let’s talk! Email linguistics.communication@gmail.com.

I have another question that’s not answered by this FAQ!
Email linguistics.communication@gmail.com.

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