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The Great Lakes Expo for Experimental and Formal Undergraduate Linguistics (GLEEFUL) is an annual international undergraduate research conference hosted by qUALMS.

GLEEFUL was first held in 2011 and is in its 9th consecutive year. GLEEFUL has historically been held on the same weekend as MSULC, making it possible for visitors to attend both conferences. Each conference features a keynote speaker who is a current researcher in linguistics.

Additionally, we are also proud to announce a new series of workshops that started with GLEEFUL 2014. These workshops are aimed to help undergraduates develop skills that will help them conduct research in linguistics, particularly in newer sub-fields.


GLEEFUL 2019 will be held on April 13-14, 2019. This year's keynote speaker will be Professor Jeff Lidz, from the University of Maryland.

Continuing the tradition started at GLEEFUL 2014, workshops will be offered on Sunday, April 14.

Please check the GLEEFUL 2019 website for more information.

Past Conferences

GLEEFUL 2018 (Saturday & Sunday, April 21-22, 2018) [WebsiteProgram]

  • Keynote speaker: Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge)

GLEEFUL 2017 (Saturday & Sunday, April 22-23, 2017) [WebsiteProgram]

  • Keynote speaker: Andrew Nevins (University College of London)

GLEEFUL 2016 (Saturday & Sunday, April 16-17, 2016) [Website, Program]

  • Keynote speaker: Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania)

GLEEFUL 2015 (Saturday & Sunday, April 18-19, 2015) [Website, Program]

  • Keynote speaker: William Haddican (Queens College, City University of New York)

GLEEFUL 2014 (Saturday & Sunday, April 12-13, 2014) [Website, Program, Abstracts]

  • Keynote speaker: Anthony Kroch (University of Pennsylvania)

GLEEFUL 2013 (Saturday, April 6, 2013) [Website, Program, Abstracts]

  • Keynote speaker: Chris Kennedy (University of Chicago)

GLEEFUL 2012 (Saturday, April 21, 2012) [Website, Program, Abstracts]

  • Keynote speaker: David Pesetsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

GLEEFUL 2011 (Saturday, April 23, 2011) [Website, Program]

  • Keynote speaker: Thomas Roeper (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)