How to Write an Abstract in Linguistics: Useful Resources

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Image by Jess Bailey on Pixabay

Aus aktuellem Anlass, like they say in German: A friend of mine is writing her first abstract (yeeyyy), asked for some advice, and I sent her a few links collected these past few years.

Nothing from me here: I am only pointing to useful resources. Please share yours as well!

  • The model abstracts of the Linguistic Society of America not only tell you what to do but how to do it on the basis of commented examples.
  • The suggested outline for abstracts (scroll down to “Abstract Contents”) published by the LSA for its 2014 conference also gives useful tips.
  • The guidelines for writing abstracts written by Johan Rooryck and Vincent van Heuven after consultation of the Linguist List are available on the website of the 52th meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2019).
  • The document Writing linguistic abstracts by Maggie Tellermann is very helpful, too!

Once your abstract has been accepted, celebrate, get some rest, and then check the LSA Paper Guidelines.


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