SILMW: Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World Tickets
Jun 15 – Aug 8 all-day

Dates: 15-Jun-2020 – 08-Aug-2020
Location: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

Focus: The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL). We believe that learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement. Many of these languages can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development, and academic sectors.

Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate

This summer SILMW will take place from June 15 to August 8, 2020, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof. The program is 8 weeks and is divided into two, 4-week semesters. This is an immersive experience, complete with instruction, cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables, cooking classes, movie nights, and more!

Subject Languages: Arabic, Standard
Persian, Iranian

Registration: 21-Jan-2020 to 27-Apr-2020
Contact Person: Giang Le
Email: silmw@illinois.edu

Apply on the web: https://linguistics.illinois.edu/silmw/prospective-students

Registration Instructions:
To apply to SILMW 2020, please fill out the relevant online application form (for undergraduate or graduate) non-degree admission, linked above.

Information Structure in Spoken Language Corpora IV (ISSLaC IV) Tickets
Jul 20 – Jul 21 all-day

Date: 20-Jul-2020 – 21-Jul-2020
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Contact Person: Anja Latrouite

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jan-2020

ISSLaC is a biennial platform for researchers interested in the grammar-discourse interface in typologically diverse languages. In many papers on information structure (IS) a strict top-to-bottom approach with predefined IS-categories is adopted, so that the role of IS research often boils down to the identification of the structures that express the assumed categories. The ISSLaC workshop series concentrates on the discourse-roots of information packaging, i.e. its relation to rhetorical structure, intentionality of communication, the cognitive states of the interlocutors, different discourse genres and narrative strategies.

This means that we look at IS from a bottom-up perspective. ISSLaC III was concerned with different empirical approaches to the typological study of information packaging in discourse. ISSLaC IV will keep pursuing the question as to which empirical and analytical tools are best for IS research.

Call for Papers:

In addition to abstracts on the general topic of IS, we also wish to solicit comparative papers that deal with different construction-choice inducing narrative strategies depending on discourse genre or language type. We are especially interested in the question whether different languages or text genres exhibit different defaults with respect to narrative strategies or information structural packaging. We hope to solicit papers that address this question as well as papers that give us more insight into all the devices used to signal the assumptions about the hearer’s knowledge and attention, or to render transparent rhetorical relations, or the current intentions of the speaker. We are especially interested in abstracts addressing the following issues:

– IS and construction choice: What differences in IS-interpretation do we find between morphosyntactically identical or similar constructions in related and unrelated languages?
– IS and referent tracking: How are discourse referents with different degrees of discourse relevance encoded? More specifically, looking at head-marking and dependent-marking languages with extensive argument pro-drop, do we find a difference with respect to the IS-function of realized arguments; is it always about focality?
– IS categories and mode of realization: Even in topic- or focus-configurational languages prosody has been shown to be relevant to a certain sub-type of IS-categories. Do we find a more systematic correlation as to what IS-categories morphosyntax in contrast to prosody is used for?
– Rhetorical relations between utterances and IS: Is there a conventionalised connection between rhetorical relations such as elaboration, cause, parallelism, etc. on the one hand and certain types of IS configurations on the other?
– Intentional structure of discourse and IS: Do certain speaker intentions regularly trigger certain types of IS? Is there a tendency for some types of speech acts such as questions and answers, corrections, commands, etc. to be associated with certain IS strategies?
– Interpersonal stance and IS: Are some linguistic structures, which appear to be IS-related, also related to interactional aspects of the message such as different types of politeness or hedging?

Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including data and references.
Please submit your abstract to: altjohan@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de

Statistics and R Summer Schools 2020 Tickets
Jul 27 – Jul 31 all-day

Statistics and R Summer Schools 2020

Centre for Applied Statistics Courses


UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Introduction to Statistics & Regressions with R, 27-31 July

£1500 Early bird until 13 March 2020 (£1800 thereafter)


—- A five-day summer school that will teach you fascinating new statistical skills and a statistical programming language (R). This summer school will take place in a computer room and, in a nutshell, will start with the concepts of descriptive statistics, then move on to inferential measures (confidence intervals, significance tests and p-values) and will conclude with an introduction to linear regression. Please visit the link above for a more detailed outline.


Introduction to Statistical Thinking & Data Analysis, 10-14 August

£1200 Early bird until 13 March 2020 (£1500 thereafter)


—- This classroom-based five-day summer school will introduce the essential research and quantitative skills needed to interpret published research and perform basic statistical analysis. In a nutshell, this summer school will cover study design concepts followed by descriptive statistics, inferential measures, parametric and non-parametric significance tests and bootstrapping. Please visit the link above for a more detailed outline.


Both summer schools will feature:

  • Small class size (20) to maximise learning outcome
  • 3 lecturers present to enhance the pedagogical experience and one-to-one support
  • Comprehensive print out of notes, practicals and solutions as well as electronic materials and goody bags
  • Passionate and enthusiastic teachers
  • Daily refreshments and lunch
  • A highly competitive price
  • Central London location for easy travel
  • Social networking events for additional fun (over and above the entertainment from the stats classes!), including a West London musical! (all social activities are free to all attendees)


Extensive notes will be provided for both summer schools, and teaching will be interspersed with practical examples and activities throughout the days to ensure that everyone has understood the key principles. We strive to create an informal learning atmosphere with ample opportunities for participants to ask questions or voice confusion.

Please note that interested parties can only register via the UCL onlinestore. Expression of interest via email is not considered a registration, so please avoid this method.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries; ich.statscou@ucl.ac.uk.

LingPhil PhD course “Statistics for linguistics with R bootcamp” Tickets
Aug 3 – Aug 7 all-day

Website: https://www.ntnu.edu/documents/36797874/0/PhD+COURSE+on+with+R+INFO+FINAL%5B1%5D.pdf/ba54ee06-888d-db41-f58e-fdce617c9f06?t=1574943045999

Dates: 03-Aug-2020 – 07-Aug-2020
Location: Tromsø, Norway

Focus: “Statistics for linguistics with R” is a hands-on introduction to statistical methods for both graduate students and seasoned researchers in linguistics.
Minimum Education Level: MA

“Statistics for linguistics with R” is a hands-on introduction to statistical methods for both graduate students and seasoned researchers and is based on the second edition (2013) of Stefan Gries’ textbook “Statistics for linguistics with R”. The course is mainly intended for linguists who already have a basic knowledge in statistics and some experience using R, and who wish to improve their proficiency in statistical analysis of linguistic data. Participants who are new to statistics and/or R may want to prepare beforehand by working through the readings listed below. The course puts a particularly strong emphasis on various kinds of fixed- and mixed-effects regression modeling as well the use of other predictive modeling techniques such as classification/conditional inference trees and (random) forests. The course features:

– a brief recap of basic aspects of statistical evaluation as well as several descriptive statistics insofar as they facilitate later predictive modeling approaches;

– a selection of monofactorial statistical tests for frequencies, means, and correlations and how they constitute special (limiting) cases of regression methods;

– an exploration of different kinds of multifactorial regression modeling approaches as well as other techniques on the basis of both observational and experimental, published and unpublished data.

For all modeling methods to be explored, we will discuss how to test their assumptions and visualize their results with visually appealing and annotated statistical graphs. There also will be in depth discussion of different model selection strategies, how to interpret predictive modeling results (such as different kinds of interactions and contrasts), threats to the validity of modeling, etc.

The course will feature lecture-style teaching, but at least half of the instructional time each day will be hands-on work on a variety of different data sets. Data sets and (thousands of lines of) code will be provided to the participants, as will be a variety of helper functions that participants will be able to use for their own statistical applications. Also, we will discuss queries that were sent to R newsgroups as well as reviews of papers under review with an eye to help participants understand what mistakes to avoid.

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to understand any discussion of a regression model they come across in research literature and will be able to conduct their own fixed- and mixed-effects modeling analyses; time permitting, there will be a small section on how to write small statistical/visualization functions yourself.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Tuition: 0 USD
Tuition Explanation: This course is provided free of charge. Ph.D. students outside of Norway are responsible for their own travel and accommodation (lunches and a formal dinner are provided free of charge). Norwegian Ph.D.s applying for course credit can apply directly to LingPhil for travel and accommodation expenses.

Registration: 02-Mar-2020 to 30-Jun-2020
Contact Person: Stefanie Wulff
Phone: 3522947455
Email: swulff@ufl.edu

Apply by Email: swulff@ufl.edu

Registration Instructions:
There is a limited number of available seats in this course. Priority is given to Ph.D. students from Norwegian universities, followed by Ph.D. students from universities outside of Norway, followed by people who are not Ph.D. students. If you are a Ph.D. student in Norway, you must officially enroll in the course by April 15th. Visit https://fsweb.no/soknadsweb/velgInstitusjon.jsf to register. The application code is 9301 and the course code is LIN-8011. If you are a Ph.D. student outside of Norway, or if you are not a Ph.D. student, please do NOT try to register through the LingPhil web site. Instead, please email Stefanie Wulff (swulff@ufl.edu) to be placed on a wait list. Starting 16 April 2020, those who requested to be placed on the wait list will be informed as to whether they have a spot. As individual situations change, we will continue to offer seats that become available to people on the wait list.

Methods in Dialectology Tickets
Aug 3 – Aug 7 all-day

Date: 03-Aug-2020 – 07-Aug-2020
Location: JGU Mainz, Germany
Contact Person: Susanne Wagner

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2019

Methods in Dialectology is a triennial conference that traditionally alternates between Canada and Europe. Originally a forum for the discussion of methodological issues in dialect research, Methods conferences have progressively extended their topical range and now include the whole spectrum of regional, historical, and social language variation. The Methods series welcomes contributions investigating any of the world’s languages.

The theme for Methods XVII is (Dia)Lects in the 21st Century.
We are delighted to announce that the following colleagues have agreed to give a plenary at Methods XVII:

– Jenny Cheshire (Queen Mary, London)
– Karen Corrigan (Newcastle)
– Damaris Nübling (Mainz)
– Sali Tagliamonte (Toronto)

Conference website: https://methodsxvii.uni-mainz.de/

Methods in Dialectology XVII
JGU Mainz
August 3-7, 2020

Call for Papers:

Methods XVII invites submissions for paper and poster presentations, as well as proposals for special sessions. The conference will take place from August 3-7, 2020. It will be hosted by the Department of English and Linguistics (JGU Mainz) and held at the Erbacher Hof in Mainz.

Call for Special Session Proposals (due September 1, 2019):

We invite special session proposals for Methods XVII, which will be held throughout the conference.

Special sessions may either be concerned with particular methodological instruments, technological innovations or special themes, or they may have a particular focus on a language group or a specific topic.
Each proposal should include an overview of the topic and its importance, in no more than 500 words. The proposal should also state the relevance of the special session to Methods XVII.
If you would like to organise a special session, please submit your proposal with a complete list of speakers and all abstracts (4-8 slots available per special session, 2-4 hours in total) by September 1, 2019. Potential organisers of special sessions are responsible for calls and peer-review prior to submission of the proposal to Methods XVII.

Submit your special session proposal here:

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the end of October 2019.

Call for Abstracts (due November 15, 2019):

We invite abstracts for the following presentation formats:
– full paper (20 + 10 mins discussion)
– poster (incl. a 5-minute presentation in the Poster Pitch Session)

Abstracts must be anonymous and not exceed 500 words. References do not count toward the word count. Abstracts should clearly state the research question(s), approach, method, data and (expected) results. Please submit anonymous files in pdf format. When submitting, please specify whether you would prefer your abstract to be considered for acceptance as a paper, poster, or both (note that selecting ‘both’ will not reduce a submission’s chances of being accepted as a paper). Authors are allowed to submit two abstracts if at least one paper is co-authored.

We accept submissions through https://www.umfrageonline.com/s/methodsxviisubmission

until November 15, 2019.

Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end of March, 2020.

Registration information will be made available by that time.

For more information, please visit our website at https://methodsxvii.uni-mainz.de/, or contact the organizing committee at methodsxvii@uni-mainz.de.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Mainz!
The local organising committee

Workshop on Computing Semantics with Types, Frames and Related Structures (CSTFRS) Tickets
Aug 10 – Aug 14 all-day

Date: 10-Aug-2020 – 14-Aug-2020
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact Person: Stergios Chatzikyriakidis

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 17-Apr-2020

The goal of this workshop is to bring together people interested in structured representations of semantic information, especially from a computational perspective. In recent years, there has been a growing body of research which aims to integrate structured entities into formal semantic accounts. Important developments in this direction are the introduction of rich type systems and the use of frame-based representations, among others. The workshop is open to both foundational issues of structured semantic representations and applications to specific linguistic phenomena.

A first edition of the workshop took place in Gothenburg as part of IWCS 2019.

Call for Papers:

Topics for submission include, but are not limited to:
* Richly typed formalisms for natural language semantics.
* Frame-based approaches to formal and computational semantics.
* Applications of dependent types in semantics.
* Semantic computation with structured representations.
* Interactions between lexical semantic structures and compositional semantics.

Important Dates:
* April 17, 2020: Deadline for submitting papers
* May 22, 2020: Notification to authors
* June 13, 2020: Camera ready papers due
* August 10-14, 2020: Workshop

Instructions for Authors:
Papers should not exceed 8 pages in length, excluding references, and should be formatted in accordance with the ACL style sheets (http://acl2020.org/downloads/acl2020-templates.zip). We strongly encourage authors to use LaTeX in preparing their document. Papers should be submitted anonymously via Easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cstfrs2020).

Stergios Chatzikyriakidis (University of Gothenburg)
Rainer Osswald (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)

Contact: cstfrs.workshop@gmail.com

Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference (LPP Conference) Tickets
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day

Date: 20-Aug-2020 – 22-Aug-2020
Location: Montréal, QC, Canada
Contact Person: Angelica Galante

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 29-Feb-2020

The Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning (LPP) conference brings scholars from different disciplines (language education, anthropology, political studies, social sciences, economics, linguistics, and more) whose work centers on language policy and planning at different levels: local, national and/or international. LPP2020 will be co-hosted by Dr. Mela Sarkar and Dr. Angelica Galante at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Montréal is the largest city in Québec, the only province in Canada where French is the official language. The city, however, is linguistically, culturally and ethnically diverse, a fact that contributes to the city’s multilingual nature. As such, LPP2020 will be introducing the Plurilingual Experience: we will accept submissions of abstracts written in English or French (Canada’s official languages) but papers can be delivered in any language, and presenters will be able to translanguage if they wish.

We look forward to seeing you at LPP2020!

Call for Papers:

We invite papers, discussion sessions, colloquia, and poster presentations that approach language policy from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, and in a variety of contexts, from the local/institutional to the national/global. We welcome topics such as (but not limited to):

Monolingual, bilingual, multilingual, and plurilingual policies
Heritage language policies
Indigenous languages policies
Multicultural and intercultural policies
Official & non-official language policies
Language-in-education policies/school policies
Language attrition and language revitalization
Language policy and political economy
Language policy, globalization, and super diversity
Language policy and the workplace
Language policy and lingua franca
Language policy and indignity
Language policies and transnational communities
Signed languages policies and Deaf studies
Language policy and anti-racism/anti-oppression
Language policy and political theory
National identities and language policies
Community and family policies
Language policy and economics
Research methods of language policy inquiry

For the full call for papers, visit:

BAAL 2020: 53rd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics Tickets
Sep 3 – Sep 5 all-day

Date: 03-Sep-2020 – 05-Sep-2020
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Alex Ho-Cheong Leung

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

BAAL 2020 will be held at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Our theme, ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Linguistics’, aims to open up space for discussion of the future of our discipline and its contribution to the world around us. In what are perhaps both turbulent and challenging, but also thought-provoking and motivating, times we hope the conference theme will encourage proposals from across the field, and that conference papers, discussions and networking will enable cross-disciplinary connections to form. The interests of our local organising committee itself, for example, range from language teaching and learning to forensic linguistics, from language policy to teacher development, and from cognitive linguistics to language and migration; and we hope that BAAL 2020 deals with challenges and debates in these areas and many more.

The BAAL 2020 Conference is hosted by English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Humanities of Northumbria University, located in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. A city of character, charm and culture, Newcastle brings together industrial heritage, iconic river bridges, and a love of football alongside classical Georgian architecture, a world famous cultural and nightlife, and strong sense of local identity. Located only 9 miles from the sea (a 20 minute journey on the local Metro railway), and an hour from Scotland and the Lake District, Newcastle is easily accessible by rail, road and air from within the UK and beyond; Newcastle airport is just 25 minutes from the city centre by public transport.

Plenary speakers:
David Block – ICREA & Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Zhu Hua – Birkbeck, University of London
Constant Leung – King’s College London
Emma Marsden – University of York (Pit Corder lecture)

LOC Invited colloquium:
‘Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants: Policy and Practice’
Lorenzo Rocca – Università per gli Stranieri di Perugia
Rola Naeb – Northumbria University
Martha Young Scholten – Newcastle University
James Simpson – University of Leeds
Marcin Sosinski – Granada University

Conference Organisers:
Alex Ho-Cheong Leung, Billy Clark, Graham Hall, Nicci MacLeod, Rola Naeb, James Street, Department of Humanities, Northumbria University, UK

Conference email: baal2020.northumbria@gmail.com

Final Call For Papers:

Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics. Papers should offer something new, innovative and of interest to a BAAL audience and paper reporting on research should clearly outline objectives, method(s), and results where appropriate. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.


Maximum abstract length: 300 words

To submit your abstract please use Oxford Abstracts: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/1649/submissions/new

If you have not used this system before, please register first. All submissions must be submitted on-line. If you have any queries please contact: baal2020.northumbria@gmail.com

Please indicate the type of abstract that you are submitting during the submission process: individual presentation for parallel sessions or a SIG track, poster, or colloquium. Please visit our website for more detailed descriptions of each type of submission.

4th Doing Research in Applied Linguistics 2020 International Conference Tickets
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Date: 04-Sep-2020 – 05-Sep-2020
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: Natjiree Jaturapitakkul

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

The DRAL Conference series is renowned as one of the premier platforms for applied linguistics research. Based on our experiences of previous DRAL conferences, we expect approximately 200 participants from around the world with numerous high-quality presentations focusing on doing research in applied linguistics. The conference provides a forum for learning about applied linguistics research, discussing key issues in the area, and making contacts with like-minded researchers with the goals of advancing the field and developing greater professionalism in applied linguistics research. The goals of the DRAL 4 2020 International Conference are to share and learn about research purposes, methodologies and publishing in applied linguistics.

3rd International Symposium on Applied Phonetics (ISAPh2020) Tickets
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day

Date: 07-Sep-2020 – 09-Sep-2020
Location: Tarragona, Spain
Contact Person: Joaquín Romero

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonetics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2020

We are pleased to announce the 3rd International Symposium on Applied Phonetics, to be held at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in Tarragona, Spain, September 7-9, 2020. ISAPh 2020 proudly follows up on the two previous meetings held in Nagoya (2016) and Aizuwakamatsu (2018), where a large number of researchers gathered to discuss a variety of aspects within the field of applied phonetics. Our mission is to continue to offer a specialized forum for the discussion of all areas of phonetic research with an applied component. While the main focus of the symposium continues to be how phonetic knowledge can guide the teaching and learning of foreign languages, we welcome contributions from other areas of applied phonetics such as sociophonetics, speech technology and pathology, language and accent coaching, forensic phonetics, etc.

ISAPh2020 welcomes the submission of abstracts in any area of applied phonetics, with a special emphasis on the use of phonetic knowledge and speech analysis tools in the teaching and learning of foreign/second languages. Studies that have a strong experimental component and can significantly contribute to an improved praxis in the teaching and learning of pronunciation are especially welcome.

Invited Speakers:
John Murphy (Georgia State University)
Joan Carles Mora (Universitat de Barcelona)
Douglas Honorof (Verbarations / Haskins Laboratories)
Josefina Carrera (Universitat de Barcelona)

In addition to the invited presentations, the following workshop, included in the registration, will take place on September 9:
Mikhail Ordin (Basque Foundation for Science): Re-synthesis and speech modification techniques in applied phonetics research

Call for Papers:

Abstracts must be no more than 2 pages, including figures and references, and they must be written in English. Do not include author names or affiliations, and please submit abstracts as property-free PDF files. Please use the template provided on our website for the preparation of your abstract. Use the following link for the submission of your abstract: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isaph2020

Important Dates:
APRIL 15. Deadline for submission of abstracts
JUNE 1. Notification of acceptance
JUNE 15. Program announcement
JUNE 20. Deadline for early registration
SEPTEMBER 7-9. Conference

For more details, please visit the conference website: http://wwwa.fundacio.urv.cat/congressos/isaph2020/

Questions can be addressed to isaph2020@urv.cat