LELPGC20: University of Edinburgh Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference 2020 Tickets
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day

Date: 31-May-2020 – 02-Jun-2020
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Mirella Blum

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 19-Mar-2020

The Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference is an annual event hosted by the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, and is open to students from all over the world to participate. The conference offers postgraduate students the opportunity to present ongoing work and discuss their research with peers and faculty.

This year’s conference will be held from May 31 to June 2, 2020.

With over 20 years’ experience, the conference offers a great opportunity to refine thoughts, share concerns, and receive constructive criticism in a supportive and convivial environment. It’s a great way to gain experience in conference presentation and find out about some of the exciting things going on in the field.

Call for Papers:

Submissions are now invited for oral presentations and posters. Talks should be 20 minutes and will be followed by 5 minutes of questions. Papers relevant to any subfields of Linguistics are welcome, and submissions from external students will also be considered. Ongoing projects (as early as the study design stage) are very welcome. If in doubt, please feel free to email!

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words (excluding references) and a maximum of 2 figures. Abstracts must be submitted completely anonymised and in PDF format (max. 5MB), by 23:59 on Thursday, 19 March, 2020 using the form at

All abstracts will be subject to peer review and notification of acceptance will be provided by Wednesday, 25 March, 2020. If you would like to contribute both a talk and a poster, please submit the abstract of either one of the two using the form, then sign in to the account which will be created for you, to upload the second one. If you would like to present a talk or a poster with one or more co-author(s), only one of you should submit the abstract and notify us of the co-author(s) if the presentation is accepted.

133. Jahresversammlung des Vereins für niederdeutsche Sprachforschung: Niederdeutsch und Niederländisch im Kontakt (Vnds 133) Tickets
Jun 1 – Jun 4 all-day

Date: 01-Jun-2020 – 04-Jun-2020
Location: Münster, Westfalen, Germany
Contact Person: Michael Elmentaler

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Lexicography; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics; Translation

Subject Language(s): Dutch; Dutch, Middle; German, Middle Low; Saxon, Low

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2019

133. Jahresversammlung des Vereins für niederdeutsche Sprachforschung,
Münster, 1.–4. Juni 2020: Niederdeutsch und Niederländisch im Kontakt

Call for Papers:

Niederdeutsch und Niederländisch im Kontakt

Die 133. Jahresversammlung des Vereins für niederdeutsche Sprachforschung nimmt die vielfältigen, jahrhundertelangen Kontakte zwischen dem Niederdeutschen und dem Niederländischen unter einem methodisch vielfältigen Zugriff in den Blick, der sowohl kontaktlinguistische, sprach- und literaturhistorische als auch literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Themen einbezieht. Das Hauptaugenmerk gilt dabei neuen Erkenntnissen zu der Frage, ob die verschiedenen Kontakte eher asymmetrisch oder vielleicht doch symmetrisch waren oder sind.

Unter sprachhistorischer Perspektive wären hier z. B. der Einfluss flämischer Siedler auf die Entwicklung ostniederdeutscher Mundarten, die niederdeutsch-niederländische Sprachkontaktsituation im hansischen Brügge oder die Rolle des Niederländischen als Kirchensprache in einigen westniederdeutschen Regionen in Betracht zu ziehen. Ein weiteres Themenfeld ist die Herausbildung einer deutsch-niederländischen Sprachgrenze im Zuge der Bildung der Nationalstaaten und die damit verbundene Unterbrechung des traditionellen Dialektkontinuums.

Seit dem Mittelalter hat ein bedeutender Kulturtransfer vom niederländischen in den niederdeutschen Sprachraum stattgefunden. In diesem Zusammenhang wäre den Bezügen zwischen mittelniederländischer und mittelniederdeutscher Literatur näher nachzugehen, etwa im Bereich der höfischen Dichtungstraditionen oder im Kontext der Devotio Moderna. Willkommen sind aber auch Beiträge zu den Beziehungen zwischen der niederdeutschen und niederländischen (Dialekt-)Literatur der Gegenwart.

Vortragsvorschläge sind bis zum 15. 10. 2019 willkommen. Bitte senden Sie einen Vortragstitel und ein Abstract im Umfang von maximal 500 Wörtern an den Vorsitzenden des Vereins für niederdeutsche Sprachforschung Prof. Dr. Michael Elmentaler ( Bis zum Jahresende wird eine Mitteilung darüber erfolgen, ob der Vortragsvorschlag in das Tagungsprogramm aufgenommen werden konnte. Wir sehen Ihren Einsendungen mit Interesse entgegen!

12th International Seminar on Speech Production (ISSP) Tickets
Jun 1 – Jun 4 all-day

Following on a series of successful, productive, and highly enjoyable meetings, we are pleased to announce that the 12th International Seminar on Speech Production (ISSP 2020) will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, from June 1st – 4th, 2020.  This conference series was launched in 1988 in Grenoble with the aim of providing an interdisciplinary forum for researchers working on all aspects of speech production, with subsequent iterations in Leeds (1990), Old Saybrook (1993), Autrans (1996), Kloster Seeon (2000), Sydney (2003), Ubatuba (2006), Strasbourg (2008), Montreal (2011), Cologne (2014), and Tianjin (2017).  Providence is a lively and friendly city with easy transportation options available, located 40 minutes by train from Boston and 2.5 hours from NYC.  We hope you will plan to attend this latest iteration of the ISSP!

Invited Speakers:

  • Kristofer Bouchard (UCSF) – ECoG and speech neuroscience
  • Suzanne Boyce  (U. Cincinnati) – disordered speech
  • Carol Espy-Wilson (U. Maryland) – speech technology
  • Cécile Fougeron (U. Paris 3) – speech in aging populations
  • Lisa Goffman  (U. Texas) – development of speech production
  • Gabriel Mindlin (U. de Buenos Aires) – speech modeling
  • Jennifer Pardo (Montclair State U.) – speech accommodation
  • Brad Sutton (U. of Illinois) – rtMRI and speech visualization methods

Additional topics include but are not limited to Coarticulation, Prosody, Articulatory Synthesis, Acoustic-to-Articulatory Inversion, Speech Motor Control, Biomechanical Modeling, Instrumental Techniques, Co-speech Gesturing, and Perturbation-induced Plasticity.

The deadline for the (two page) abstract submission is December 31st, 2019.  Further details will follow soon, via this mailing list and the conference website (

Of special interest to students:  We have received a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to support student participation in the ISSP.  Support is limited to students enrolled at U.S. institutions, but the student does not need to be a U.S. citizen.  Support will cover registration, hotel, meals and travel.  If the student has a disability that requires a traveling companion, travel, hotel and meals for that companion can be provided as well.  Successful applicants must be first author on an accepted abstract.

3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication (BfC 2020) Tickets
Jun 5 – Jun 6 all-day

Date: 05-Jun-2020 – 06-Jun-2020
Location: ZHAW School of Applied Linguistics, Theaterstrasse 15c, 8401 Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Susanne J. Jekat

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2020


1. About the conference
The 3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication will be held on 5-6 June 2020 at the School of Applied Linguistics of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur, Switzerland.

This is the third and final conference being held as part of the project entitled “Proposal and implementation of a Swiss research centre for barrier-free communication” (2017-2020), the main goal of which is to ensure access to higher education for people with visual, hearing or temporary cognitive impairments. The project, which is a cooperation between the Institute of Translation and Interpreting of the ZHAW and the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Geneva, is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and is supported by the Swiss University Conference.

Building on the 2017 and 2018 events, the 2020 conference sets out to provide a wider international forum to discuss most recent progress and future challenges in barrier-free communication. The conference will be centred on all aspects of the field, focusing in particular on novel research findings and emerging disciplines, such as interlingual live-subtitling, live-subtitling into easy-to-read language and text-to-sign interpreting by deaf interpreters.

We invite researchers, academics, practitioners and members of the target groups to submit proposals related (but not limited) to the following topics:
– Audio Description and Audio Introduction
– Easy-to-read and Plain Language
– Live-subtitling via keyboard and Respeaking
– Web Accessibility
– Sign Language
– Community Interpreting

2. Submission guidelines
We encourage submissions to the following tracks:

– Research track
Faculty members are invited to submit unpublished cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research work related to any of the areas listed in the call.

– Student track
Graduate students are invited to submit an extended abstract of their ongoing research in any aspect of the areas listed in the call. Experience reports of students with disabilities who are or were enrolled in a Higher Education programme are also welcome. Reports may address any of the topics listed in the call and must be authored or co-authored by one or more students with disabilities.

– Professional track
Service providers are invited to present state-of-the-art technology, innovative solutions and best practices in any of the areas listed in the call. Professionals offering support to students with special needs in Higher Education settings are also encouraged to share first-hand knowledge and direct experience in providing as much barrier-free or “low-barrier” access to education as possible.

Authors are encouraged to submit extended abstracts (1 to 3 pages, including references) of their proposed paper. Abstracts should be submitted in English. In addition, they should be formatted according to the BfC 2020 submission template (downloadable from both the Conference website and the EasyChair submission page) and submitted as PDF files via EasyChair. In order to be fully accessible, please note that abstracts should contain no footnotes.

Each submitted abstract will be reviewed by two experts in the field and will undergo a double-blind review process.
Submissions should be made via EasyChair ( by 31 January 2020, 11.59 pm, CET.

Accepted papers can be presented either orally or as posters. The length of oral presentations can vary between 20 minutes (15 + 5 Q&A) and 30 minutes (20 + 10 Q&A).

This conference is co-sponsored by the Swiss Association for Applied Linguistics (VALS-ASLA).

For more information, please visit the official Conference website (

International Conference on Acoustic Phonetics and Speech Production (ICAPSP 2020) Tickets
Jun 11 – Jun 12 all-day

ICAPSP 2020: 14. International Conference on Acoustic Phonetics and Speech Production aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Acoustic Phonetics and Speech Production. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Acoustic Phonetics and Speech Production

Call for Contributions

Prospective authors are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts, papers and e-posters. Also, high quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Acoustic Phonetics and Speech Production are cordially invited for presentation at the conference. The conference solicits contributions of abstracts, papers and e-posters that address themes and topics of the conference, including figures, tables and references of novel research materials.

International Conference of Nordic and General Linguistics (NGL) Tickets
Jun 15 – Jun 17 all-day

Date: 15-Jun-2020 – 17-Jun-2020
Location: Oslo, Norway
Contact Person: Janne Bondi Johannessen

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Danish; Danish Sign Language; Elfdalian; Faroese; Finnish; Finnish Sign Language; Icelandic; Icelandic Sign Language; Kalaallisut; Norwegian Bokmål; Norwegian Nynorsk; Norwegian Sign Language; Sami, Kemi; Swedish; Swedish Sign Language

The International Conference on Nordic and General Linguistics (NGL) conference series (previously also known as ICNGL) provides an open forum for linguistic research in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas on Nordic (including Germanic, Finnic, Saamic and Greenlandic) and other languages. Its main goals are to create and strengthen connections between researchers working on different languages, with different methodological and theoretical approaches.

Local committee (University of Oslo): Janne Bondi Johannessen, Hans-Olav Enger, Patrick Grosz, Kristin Hagen, Anu Laanemets, Ida Larsson, David Natvig

Extended committee: Derib Ado (Addis Ababa University), Kasper Boye (University of Copenhagen), Ellen Brandner (University of Stuttgart), Daniel Harbour (Queen Mary, University of London), Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh), Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel), Muriel Norde (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Tomas Riad (University of Stockholm)

Call for Papers:

Call for workshops, deadline November 10, 2019
Call for main session papers, deadline December 30, 2019

For more information and submission guidelines, visit:

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

Apply on the web:

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

Third Cultural Linguistics International Conference (CLIC 2020) Tickets
Jun 17 – Jun 19 all-day

Date: 17-Jun-2020 – 19-Jun-2020

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Contact Person: Judit Baranyiné Kóczy


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics


Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2019


Aims and scope: Cultural Linguistics is an emerging field that focuses on the interrelation between language and cultural conceptualisations. Over the last decade or so, Cultural Linguistics has witnessed tremendous growth and development in terms of theory, methodology, and application. The Cultural Linguistic framework has been applied to a range of different phenomena within and beyond language, culture, and cognition, integrating the theory and methodological tools of various disciplines, such as cognitive psychology, Complexity Science, Distributed Cognition, and anthropology.


Current research in Cultural Linguistics shows that its analytical framework can offer fruitful inquiries into research areas such as pragmatics, emotions, religion, political discourse, World Englishes, intercultural communication, and Teaching English as an International Language (TEIL). Within these domains, cultural conceptualisations manifest in the forms of cultural schemata, cultural metaphors and cultural categories.


Keynote speakers:

Professor Zoltán Kövecses | ELTE University, Hungary

Professor Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk | State University of Applied Sciences in Konin, Poland

Professor Helen Meng | Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Professor Farzad Sharifian | Monash University, Australia

Professor Csaba Pléh | Central European University, Hungary

Professor Hans-Georg Wolf | University of Potsdam, Germany



Honorary Chair: Professor Farzad Sharifian | Monash University, Australia

Chair: Dr Judit Baranyiné Kóczy | University of Győr, Hungary


International Scientific Board:

Professor Lívia Ablonczy-Mihályka | University of Győr

Professor Angeliki Athanasiadou | Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dr Ad Foolen | Radboud University Nijmegen

Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele | University of London

Professor Roslyn M. Frank | University of Iowa

Professor László Imre Komlósi | University of Győr

Professor Zoltán Kövecses | Eötvös Loránd University

Professor Ian Malcolm | Edith Cowan University

Professor Andreas Mulsoff | University of East Anglia

Professor Martin Pütz | Koblenz University

Dr Frank Polzenhagen | Heidelberg University

Professor Farzad Sharifian | Monash University

Professor Ning Yu | Pennsylvania State University


Final Call for Papers:

The conference welcomes presentations based on studies conducted from a Cultural Linguistic perspective, involving research into the nature of underlying cultural conceptualisations in language, the role of cultural conceptualisations in intercultural pragmatics, language development and language teaching. CLIC-2020 hopes to provide an interesting platform for researchers and academics interested in the proposed topics, detailed below:


Highlighted topics:

– Language and cultural categorisation

– Metaphors across cultures

– Cultural conceptualisations and embodied language

– Language and cultural conceptualisations of emotion / religion / kinship / naming / animals etc.

– Intercultural re-conceptualisation

– Cultural conceptualisations in sign languages

– Cultural conceptualisations and syntax

– Cultural conceptualisations and pragmatics

– Cultural Linguistics and (im)politeness

– Cultural Linguistics and intercultural communication

– Cultural Linguistics and political discourse analysis

– Cultural Linguistics and World Englishes

– Cultural Linguistics and corpus linguistics

– Research methods in Cultural Linguistics

– Cultural Linguistics and learning/teaching additional languages

– Cultural Linguistics and Teaching English as an International Language (TEIL)

– Cultural Linguistics and translation/interpreting

– Diachronic Cultural Linguistics


Abstracts no longer than 400 words should be submitted through the EasyChair electronic submission system on the website, using the template available also on the website.

Abstract submission date: 15 November, 2019

Corpora & Discourse International Conference 2020 Tickets
Jun 17 – Jun 19 all-day

Date: 17-Jun-2020 – 19-Jun-2020
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Charlotte Taylor

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

Call Deadline: 25-Jan-2020

The Corpora and Discourse International Conference series is a biennial event which brings together researchers employing corpus linguistics to examine language above the level of the clause in a broad range of sub-disciplines. Following highly successful events at Lancaster University (2018), University of Siena (2016), and University of Bologna (2012), the 2020 conference will be hosted in Brighton (UK) by the University of Sussex.

We invite proposals which combine corpus linguistics and discourse analysis in all forms and under all names. This might include work that self-describes as: corpus-assisted discourse studies, corpus-based (critical) discourse studies, corpus-based sociolinguistics, corpus-driven discourse studies, corpus pragmatics, corpus stylistics, or corpus & discourse work that does not go under any particular label. Our aim is to bring together all researchers who are interested in how discourse/s are structured, patterned or received and who use corpus linguistics in their work.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

– discourse organisation
– language ideology
– language policy
– analyses of socially important issues
– discourse/s and identity
– discourse/s in translation studies
– stylistic analyses of discourse
– discourse/s in literary texts
– discourse/s in language learning
– discourse/s in language teaching
– discourse/s in languages for specialised purposes
– organisational discourse/s
– investigations of non-literal language in discourse (e.g. metaphor, metonymy, irony)
– comparative studies of different discourse/s and discourse types
– comparative studies of discourse/s over different periods of time
– investigations of cultural and cross-cultural topics

We also welcome papers which include reflective considerations on theoretico-methodological issues. These might include discussion of questions such as:

– How is the combination of corpus and discourse analysis developing?
– What is the future of corpus and discourse analysis?
– What counts as best practice and are there any practices best avoided?
– How can we increase our awareness and reflexivity as researchers in this field?
– What forms can triangulation in corpus and discourse take?
– What future directions should we be aware of / consider?
– How might recent developments in (critical) discourse studies impact the combination?
– What new software may be of particular relevance to the area?
– What challenges do particular forms of corpus and discourse face? (e.g. analysis of social media, responsive analysis of fast-moving topics, analysis of historical discourse/s etc.)
– What can a corpus and discourse approach do with big data that was not collected/designed for corpus work?

Proposals for workshops show-casing and providing hands-on experience with new software or methods are also encouraged.

We invite contributors to submit abstracts (up to 300 words) by 25 January 2020 to

All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the conference scientific committee.

5th Corpus Linguistics Summer School Tickets
Jun 22 – Jun 26 all-day

Dates: 22-Jun-2020 – 26-Jun-2020
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Focus: The summer school is open to undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students, as well as researchers who want to improve their skills to apply corpus methods in their own research.

Minimum Education Level: No Minimum

We are pleased to announce that the 5th Corpus Linguistics Summer School will take place at the University of Birmingham, UK, on 22-26 June, 2020.

Attendance is open to all on a first-come-first-served basis upon completion of the registration process (including payment) through the university’s online shop linked from the above website.

Registration fee: £165 for students and £210 for non-students


This year, our participants will have the pleasure to hear contributions by Bethany Gray (Iowa State University), and members of our local staff of corpus linguistics, including Matteo Fuoli, Jason Grafmiller, Jack Grieve, Susan Hunston, Michaela Mahlberg, Petar Milin, Akira Murakami, Adam Schembri, Paul Thompson, and Viola Wiegand, among others. Dagmar Divjak will be delivering the annual Sinclair Lecture during the Summer School.


Our Corpus Linguistics Summer School aims to equip participants with critical expertise in both theory and practice of corpus-based linguistic research. Over the course of five days, participants will be actively involved in two kinds of sessions. First, hands-on sessions will put the emphasis on the learning of practical skills for the purpose of extracting, annotating, and analysing corpus data of various kinds, and the application of this knowledge to specific research projects. Second, participants will also learn about current corpus-based research.

Topics of sessions will include (non-exhaustively):

– Corpus tools and specialized software
– Annotation and processing of corpus data
– Statistics in corpus linguistics
– Data exploration
– Social media and Big Data
– Pattern Grammar and applied corpus linguistics
– Digital humanities and the study of literature
– Sign language corpora

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Tuition Explanation: £165 for students and £210 for non-students

Registration: 17-Feb-2020 to 21-Jun-2020
Contact Person: Akira Murakami

Registration Instructions:
For more information and registration, please visit the website below: