The International Linguistic Association 60th Annual Conference

24-26 April 2015
Teachers College, Columbia University


Conference Theme: Linguistics and Education - Honoring Franklin E. Horowitz

On the occasion of the 60th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association, we pay special tribute to Franklin Horowitz, who has been an active and dedicated member of the ILA from its earliest years, serving both as an ongoing member of the Executive Board and as ILA's president from 1999 to 2002. A professor of linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University for over 35 years, Frank's enthusiasm for language inspired legions of students, who continue the work of teaching linguistics to their own students around the world. His influence has been enormous, both as a leader of the ILA and as a teacher. Thus, this year's theme reflected the mark he has left on those who have worked with and learned from him.

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Plenary Speakers

  • Ellen Bialystok, York University
  • William Labov, University of Pennsylvania
  • Raymond McDermott, Stanford University
  • Jacob Mey, University of Southern Denmark

Invited Panels

WORD Global Roundtable. On the occasion of the re-launch of WORD, journal of the ILA, Teachers College, Columbia University and Beijing Normal University hosted a simulcast roundtable co-chaired by WORD's managing editor Jonathan J. Webster and ILA's president, Jo Anne Kleifgen. Our panelists were Sheila Embleton, Michael Halliday, William Labov, and Jacob Mey.

Rethinking the Relationship between Linguistics and Education. Betsy Rymes, Andrea Leone, Mark Lewis and Nelson Flores of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate school of Education, explored themes in language research in education.

Workshops for Teachers

The Writers' Sentence: From Casual to Formal Writing. Alice Deakins of William Paterson University and colleagues presented four increasingly complex levels of the English sentence, including both grammatical conventions and stylistic power. At each level, the structure of the sentence was discussed followed by practice in a game format.

Having Fun with Words. Kate Parry of Hunter College, CUNY and colleagues focused on the problem of learning infrequently encountered vocabulary. Participants engaged in games or exercises requiring interactive discussion about the selected words. Materials that teachers can use with their students were provided.

Event Gallery

Plenary speakers Ellen Bialystok, William Labov and Ray McDermott. (photo by Katie Heil and Charles K. Kinzer)


Word Global Roundtable with (on the screen at the rear, left to right) M.A.K. Halliday and Jonathan Webster (moderator) in Beijing and (at the table on stage, left to right) Jacob Jacob Mey, Sheila Embleton, William Labov and Jo Anne Kleifgen (moderator) in New York. (photo by Charles K. Kinzer)


M.A.K. Halliday speaking from Beijing on the occasion of his 90th birthday. (photo by Charles K. Kinzer)


Tributes to Franklin E. Horowitz: Clifford Hill, Alice Deakins and Jon Yasin. (photo by Katie Heil)


Franklin and Regina Horowitz listening to tributes. (photo by Katie Heil)


Franklin Horowitz giving a response. (photo by Katie Heil)


Some of the TC faculty members in Applied Linguistics/TESOL attending: Hoa Nguyen, Howard Williams and ZhaoHong Han. (photo by Katie Heil)


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