Some basic information on abstract writing in
- There are usually two types of abstracts: one is 500 worded and
the other is two paged, with the second page devoted only to data and
references, and usually 12-fonted in Times New Roman.
- The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) annual meeting always
adopts the 500 worded abstract format. Most
other major conferences in linguistics such as NELS, WCCFL, CLS, WECOL,
adopt the 2 paged format.
- Good guidelines for writing a 500 worded abstract are found on
the LSA website:
also contains model abstracts too.
- As for writing a 2
paged abstract, there isnít any good set of guidelines
that are out there. But it cannot be so different from writing a 500
worded abstract. It'd be more or less accuate
to say that all you need to do is to expand the abstract a bit.
- The best way to learn how to write a good abstract is by examining
some model abstracts and also by writing one on your own and critically
- So below are some abstracts that have been written by graduate
students in linguistics, both in 500 worded and 2 paged formats. Some of
these have been accepted to conferences and some have been rejected. (We
thank the contributors who graciously shared their abstracts on the
condition of anonymity.)
- We want you to guess which ones must have been accepted or
rejected, and provide reasons for your decision/verdict.
- 500 worded model abstracts:
Note: this website
was created by Dr. Min-Joo Kim for the Workshop on
Abstract Writing in linguistics held in Spring, 2007 at Texas Tech University,
which she co-organized with Dr. Dan Siddiqi.