Dené (Athabaskan) Languages Conference

University of California, Davis

July 6-7, 2019

for more information visit the local conference site

The 2019 iteration of the conference will be hosted at the University of California, Davis on July 6-7, in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America's Summer Institute. The main conference will feature general sessions and two special themed sessions: "Dene Epistemologies: Linguistic Stability and Adaptation" focused on issues related to the dynamics of linguistic and cultural contact, and "The Language of Music, Dance, and Performance," which will feature papers related to manifestations of spoken language in various genres of performance. In addition, a pre-conference workshop focused on the Pacific Coast Dene languages of California and Oregon will take place on July 5, hosted by the Native American Language Center.

Invited Keynote Speakers:

  • Siri Tuttle (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
  • Wesley Thomas (Navajo Technical University)

Main Conference
Saturday, July 6 - Sunday, July 7, 2019 (add to calendar)
Conference Center, Ballroom C
University of California, Davis

Workshop on Pacific Coast Dene Languages
Friday, July 5, 2019 (add to calendar)
David Risling Room (3201 Hart Hall)
University of California, Davis

Abstract Submission by April 6th to pyuwa.bommelyn [at] tolowa [dot] com. Abstracts should be 500 words or less not including references; please attach references to abstract. Along with the full abstract, please also submit a brief (50 word) summary to be included in the conference program. Notification of acceptance by April 20th, 2018. [download call for papers (PDF)]

Abstract Submission

Anonymous 1-page abstracts (12-point Times New Roman, single spaced, 1" margins) should be submitted in pdf format. References and examples may appear on a second page. Submit via email to

The deadline for submissions is February 22, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be made by approximately March 10, 2019.

About the Conference Name

At the 2012 conference in Bellingham it was suggested that the conference name be changed from Athabaskan to Dene, reflecting a preference for the latter term by many conference participants. It is well-known that the name Athabaskan is not an indigenous term (see this site). For the sake of continuity we will continue to list the former name in parentheses during this time of transition.

Future meetings


Want to host a conference? Contact us or bring your suggestions to the next meeting.

Proceedings Volume

Proceedings of the 2013 conference will be published as volume 12 in the ANLC Working Papers series.

Any paper presented at the 2013 conference, or a new paper dealing with any aspect of Dene (a.k.a. Athabascan, Athabaskan) linguistics or anthropology, is welcome. Keep in mind that these are working papers. They will be checked for appropriateness of content and conformity to the style guide (below), but authors themselves are largely responsible for their content. It seems quite likely that from this year on the volume will be distributed digitally as well as in print. UAF’s new Institutional Repository will most likely host the series, and starting with this publishing cycle, papers archived there will have a unique identifier, making them accessible to authors for preservation and circulation. More information about this method of dissemination will be made available later.

Deadline for submission is TBA.

Contact sgtuttle [at] for more information.

Download the Instructions for Authors [pdf].