The 39th meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), hosted by The University of Arizona's Department of Linguistics, took place virtually from April 8 - 11, 2021.

We were pleased to host WCCFL 39 in cooperation with the Symposium on Native American Languages (SAIL) on April 9 - 10, 2021. You can find their webpage here.

Photo description: Douglas Spring Trail, Tucson AZ

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50 of the conference materials (slides, handouts, and posters) have been published under a CC by 4.0 license. For more information, you can go to:

For more information about the organizing committee, visit the page
here; for statistics about WCCFL 39 attendees, see the page here. The organizing committee is working hard on publishing the WCCFL proceedings.

We ask as well that you continue to show your support for the organizers at Stanford University's Department of Linguistics for WCCFL 40 in 2022!

Invited speakers:

The University of Arizona

Genuine explanations

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University of Toronto

Can formal linguistics help language reclamation?

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The University of Kansas

Incorporation beyond the object: Interpretation and compositionality in polysynthesis

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Special sessions:

Formal Linguistics for Language Reclamation

Saturday April 10

Sunday April 11.

Roots in Linguistic Theory

Saturday April 10

Sunday April 11

Cuk Son is a story.Tucson is a linguistic alternative.The story in the many languagesstill heard in this place ofBlack Mountains.They are in the echo of lost, forgotten languagesheard here even before the people arrived.
The true story of this placerecalls people walkingdeserts all their lives andcontinuing today, if onlyin their dreams.The true story is ringingin their footsteps in aplace so quiet, they can heartheir blood movingthrough their veins.Their stories give shape to themountains encircling this place.W:ak is the story ofwater memories of this desert.
Excerpt from Proclamation by Ofelia ZepedaRegent's Professor, U. of ArizonaReproduced with author's permission

The University of Arizona, as a Hispanic Serving Institution and as a Land Grant University, owes its establishing endowment to the Native Peoples of this region. It sits on the traditional homelands of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui tribe, and benefits from the multilingual, multiethnic, and multinational community of the Sonoran Desert.

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