International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics

The International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS) was started at the University at Albany in 2002. The objective of this biannual conference is to offer researchers a forum to present original sociolinguistic research analyzing Spanish data or data from contact situations between Spanish and other languages.


Future Workshops

11th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS11)

April 17-19-2024, State University of New York at Buffalo, Conference contact: [email protected], for more information:,

Past Workshops

April 7- 9, 2022

10th WSS online at Georgia Tech
Keynote speakers: Dr. Ana Maria Carvalho (University of Arizona), Dr. Jim Michnowicz (North Carolina State University), Dr. Ana Celia Zentella (University of California, San Diego)
WSS10 program


No conference was held in 2020 due to COVID-19.

April 5-7, 2018

9th WSS at Queens College (CUNY)
Keynote speakers: Elvira Arnoux (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Nydia Flores (Rutgers University)
WSS9 program

April 14-16, 2016

8th WSS at University of Puerto Rico
Keynote speakers: Manuel Díaz-Campos (Indiana University Bloomington), Yolanda Rodríguez Cadena (El Colegio de México) and Donald Winford (Ohio State University)
WSS8 program

April 3-5, 2014

7th WSS at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Keynote speakers: Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto), Armin Schwegler (University of California-Irvine), John M. Lipski (The Pennsylvania State University)
WSS7 program

April 12-14, 2012

6th WSS at University of Arizona
Keynote speakers: Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of Arizona),
Carmen Silva-Corvalán (University of Southern California)
Invited speaker: Kathryn Woolard, University of California, San Diego
WSS6 program

April 8-10, 2010

5th WSS at North Carolina State University
Keynote speakers: Walt Wolfram (North Carolina State University), Almeida Jacqueline Toribio (University of Texas-Austin), Scott Schwenter (Ohio State University)
WSS5 program

April 17-18, 2008

4th WSS at University at Albany
Keynote speaker: Shana Poplack (University of Ottawa)
Invited speakers: José Luis Blas Arroyo (Universitat Jaume I)
Gregory Guy (New York University), Jonathan Holmquist (Temple University)

April 6-7, 2006

3rd WSS at Temple University
Keynote speaker: William Labov
Plenary speakers: Richard Cameron (University of Illinois at Chicago), Carol Klee (University of Minnesota), Ricardo Otheguy (Graduate Center at CUNY)

March 25-26, 2004

2nd WSS at University at Albany
Keynote speaker: John Lipski (The University of Pennsylvania)
Plenary speaker: Jorge Guitart (State University of NY at Buffalo)

March 14-15, 2002

1st WSS at University at Albany
Keynote speaker: Clancy Clements (Indiana University)