Yes folks, one day, I found an email in my inbox stating the following:
We are pleased to inform you that the LSA Program Committee has accepted your abstract for presentation as a paper at the Society's Eighty-Sixth Annual Meeting, to be held 5-8 January, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. This year 585 abstracts were submitted for consideration in the 20 minute paper category. We accepted 222 paper presentations for an overall acceptance rate of 37.95%.
As I was viewing this in Gmail, the first line was previewed. I was thinking, Gee, someone is pleased. With me? Oh, LSA? OH! So I clicked it and opened the message, to find that my abstract is accepted and I will be giving a talk this coming January. I looked at the preliminary program, and I am scheduled to give the talk on Saturday, January 7, at 3:00 PM. Awesome!
I have been to an Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America before. Earlier this year, I attended the one in Pittsburgh, where a talk was given, with me as a second author. This is the first time I will be presenting in the LSA as a first author, so I am actually excited. And another awesome thing is that it will be held in Portland, which is a city that I have been to once before, and actually loved. It would be nice to be back again to the Pacific Northwest, as it is a region in the United States that I actually enjoy, just second to New England.
So come to think of it, this year is a rather prolific year with respect to academic matters. I had a presentation in Pittsburgh in January, I gave two talks in Santiago de Chile in August, and now I need to prepare for this presentation in Portland. Finally, my dissertation research is seeing the light of day, as I am intending to present the first of my three big ideas in this conference.
This should be fun!