57th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 57) Tickets
May 6 – May 8 all-day

Date: 06-May-2021 – 08-May-2021
Location: Chicago, IL (Online), USA
Contact Person: Akshay Aitha

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 08-Jan-2021

The Chicago Linguistic Society is the oldest student-run linguistics organization in the United States. This academic year, CLS will host its 57th annual meeting, which will be held from from Thursday May 6 to Saturday May 8, 2021. CLS will be going virtual this year – details will be disseminated closer to the date of the event. See our website ( for the latest updates!

Invited Speakers:
Andrea Berez-Kroeker (University of Hawai’i)
Natalia Bermúdez (University of Chicago)
Kirby Conrod (University of Washington)
Vadim Kimmelman (University of Bergen)
Sandhya Sundaresan (University of Gottingen)
Kelly E. Wright (University of Michigan)

Second Call for Papers:

The Chicago Linguistic Society invites abstracts in any area of current research on the human language faculty, to include but not limited to syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, phonology, phonetics, and all relevant interfaces and allied fields in cognitive/social sciences. Presented papers will be published in the CLS proceedings. This year’s conference features a poster session; those presenting a poster may be chosen as alternates for talks, and the poster presentations will be published as regular papers in the proceedings.

Abstract Guidelines:
Submissions that fail to comply with any of the following guidelines will be automatically rejected:
(1) Submit abstracts in PDF format with the filename PaperTitle.pdf.
(2) Include the paper title and keywords (i.e., CLS special session title if applicable, linguistic subfield(s), language(s)/language family) within the abstract.
(3) Limit abstracts to two letter-sized pages in length, including data and references (just select references are acceptable). Use one-inch margins and a font size no smaller than 11 point. Incorporate data into the main text of the abstract, not on a separate page.
(4) Anonymize submissions by not including author name(s) in the abstract or filename.
(5) Use the EasyChair platform ( for the submission of abstracts.
(6) Restrict submissions to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author.

Special Topics:
We particularly encourage submissions relevant to this year’s proposed special topics:
– Language and Race
– Language documentation and revitalization
– Grammaticalization
– Phi-features
– Sign languages
– South Asian Languages
– Sociosyntax

Details on each of the special topics can be found on EasyChair ( and our website (

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: January 8, 2021 by 11:59 PM CST
Notification: February 24, 2021
Conference dates: May 6 – May 8, 2021

For questions, please contact us at:

Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference 27 (GLAC 27) Tickets
May 12 – May 14 all-day

Date: 12-May-2021 – 14-May-2021
Location: Virtual, USA
Contact Person: Katerina Somers

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2021

GLAC is the annual conference of the Society for Germanic Linguistics (SGL), an organization serving a broad community of scholars teaching and researching in Germanic linguistics and philology. Papers submitted to GLAC may be on any linguistic or philological aspect of any historical or modern Germanic language or dialect, including English (to the Early Modern period) and the extraterritorial varieties. Papers from the full range of linguistic and philological subfields, as well as differing theoretical perspectives, are welcome. Abstracts submitted to GLAC will be reviewed anonymously.

Call for Papers:

The organizers of the 27th Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC 27), sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, invite faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to submit abstracts to the conference, which will be take place virtually from Wednesday, May 12 through Friday, May 14, 2021.

There are two options for participating in GLAC 27:
– 30-minute papers on original research (20 minute talk, 10 minute question period)
– Poster sessions on research (via prerecorded “lightning talks” and breakout rooms for discussion)

Papers and posters may be on any linguistic or philological aspect of any historical or modern Germanic language or dialect, including English (to the Early Modern period) and the extraterritorial varieties. Papers from the full range of linguistic and philological subfields, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, stylistics, language variation, language typology, metrics, first and second language acquisition, foreign language education, language contact and language change, as well as differing theoretical perspectives, are welcome. All abstracts will undergo anonymous peer review.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format by March 1, 2021. Abstracts should be a maximum of one single-spaced page in length and written in a standard 12-point font. They should be submitted through Easy Abstracts at

A note from the organizers:
Because of the online format we expect that there will be fewer speaker slots than is normally the case at GLAC. Thus, we will offer expanded poster sessions, as well as a conference repository for abstracts and recorded presentations, which will be accessible during and after the conference. In setting the presentation schedule, our first principle will be to give preference to graduate students and early career researchers. Second, we will aim for breadth in topics. We ask that each individual submit only one abstract this year, either for a single-authored paper/poster or a co-authored paper/poster.

**Please indicate at the top of your abstract if you think your paper works *only* as a paper or a poster. Our default assumption will be that submissions are for either format.**

Northwest Linguistics Conference (NWLC) Tickets
May 14 – May 16 all-day

Date: 14-May-2021 – 16-May-2021
Location: Vancouver, BC (Online), Canada
Contact Person: Rose Underhill

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 09-Feb-2021

The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia is pleased to host the 37th annual Northwest Linguistics Conference (NWLC) from May 14-16, 2021, held virtually in Vancouver, BC. We are inviting graduate and undergraduate students to submit abstracts for 30 minute talks (20 minute presentation/10 minute discussion), or for presentation of a poster, in any area of theoretical or applied linguistics.

The NWLC is an annual conference, hosted on an alternating basis by Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, and University of Washington. The conference is an opportunity for students to present their research, and make connections with their peers and other researchers.

Note that the conference will be held virtually, with presentations and question sessions conducted through Zoom.

Invited speakers:
– Dr. Miikka Silfverberg, UBC
– Dr. Neda Todorović, UBC
– Samuel Akinbo, UBC

Call for Papers:

This year we will have two special themed sessions:

(1) Linguistics and indigenous languages;
(2) Computational linguistics;

We encourage submissions related to one of the special sessions outlined above, although abstracts in any area of linguistics are welcome.

Abstracts must be at most two pages long (including data and references), on a letter-size sheet (8”1/2 by 11”) with 1″ margins, and typed in at least 12-point font. Abstracts not conforming to this format will not be accepted. Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author. Abstract submissions are made through EasyChair (below).

Deadline for submissions is February 9, 2021 with replies to be sent by March 26, 2021.

Conference Website:
EasyChair submissions:
Contact us:

Perception of the Voices of Internet Personalities: A Call for Participants in a Forensic Speech Sciences Experiment Tickets
May 17 – May 18 all-day

TYPE OF CALL: Call for Participation

CONFERENCE DATES: 17-18 May 2022



LINGUISTIC FIELD(S): Applied Linguistics, General Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Translation


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open until filled



CONTACT: Stephanie Berger



My name is Stephanie Berger. I am a PhD student at Kiel University (Kiel, Germany). I investigate the perception of the voices of internet personalities.

I am looking for participants for my perception study that is carried out on a Zoom call (which will take around 60 minutes total) and a survey prior to said call. If you are interested in participating you should be between 18 and 35 years old, have English as (one of) your first language(s) (i.e., grown up speaking English at home as a child), and have no known hearing impairments.

You can sign up for participation via the link that leads you to a scheduling tool of the German Research Network (DFN).

Choose one timeslot and enter your email address when you book a slot (your first name is optional). That way I can reach out to you with a confirmation of the timeslot and further information. Only I am able to see the information you enter, it is hidden from other participants. If you would like to participate but none of the timeslots work for you, please email me with two or three timeslot suggestions.

As a thank you for your participation, I will donate £1 per finished experiment session to PAPYRUS (Prevention of young suicide).

Thank you for considering your participation! If you have any further questions before or after signing up, please feel free to reach out to me via email.

Lavender Languages & Linguistics 27 Tickets
May 21 – May 23 all-day

Date: 21-May-2021 – 23-May-2021
Location: ONLINE, USA
Contact Person: Eric Louis Russell

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Philosophy of Language; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Jan-2021

The 27th annual Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference will take place online from 21 to 23 May 2021, hosted by the California Institute of Integral Studies. Due to COVID-19, it was postponed from its original schedule in March 2020.

The Conference has a rich history of examining language use and representation in relation to: LGBTQ+ life, including linguistics, sociolinguistics, (critical) discourse analysis; the analysis of communication in various text genres, modes and media; and, research into historical, literary, or performance questions. While the language of presentation is English, research concerning languages other than English is welcomed and encouraged.

The conference proudly maintains a “no attitudes” atmosphere to ensure that all attendees will benefit from a welcoming, supportive and collaborative conference space. The conference follows the anti-harassment policy of the Association of Computational Linguistics.

Call for Papers:

We invite abstract submissions from scholars of all backgrounds, including faculty, graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and community activists for regular (20 minute) presentations. Paper proposals should clearly articulate the focus, research method, findings and ties to language and sexuality interests.
***Those whose papers were accepted for the original conferences and who have confirmed their continued participation do not need to resubmit proposals but do need to re-register via Eventbrite.***

– Please submit abstracts (no longer than 350 words, not including title and references) as a MS Word (*.doc or *.docx) file to Eric Louis Russell (
– The file should be labelled with your name and LavLang27 (e.g. Jane Doe LavLang27.docx).

– Do not include your name within the body of the abstract
– Do include your name and affiliations in the body of the submission email.

Questions and requests for more information should be directed to Eric Louis Russell (

28th Manchester Phonology Meeting Tickets
May 27 – May 29 all-day

TYPE OF CALL: Conference Call

CONFERENCE DATES: 27-29 May 2021

LOCATION: Online/Manchester, United Kingdom








CONTACT PERSON: Patrick Honeybone


The mfm is the UK’s annual phonology conference, with an international set of organisers. Anyone who declares themselves to be interested in phonology can submit an abstract on anything phonological in any phonological framework. It has been held in late May every year since 1993, although it had to be cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. We are now determined to hold some kind of mfm in 2021. The mfm has long been a truly international meeting, with participation from all inhabited continents, and we intend to run a conference in 2021 that is still open to the world.

There will be no Special Session this year in the conventional mfm sense. We have decided not to have invited speakers at all at the 28mfm, given that it will in all likelihood need to be online. The mfm organisers are keen to organise some special events during the conference, including opportunities for people to chat with each other informally, and we will advertise these when the programme is announced. The meeting has become a key conference for phonologists from all over the world, where anyone who declares themselves to be interested in phonology can submit an abstract on anything phonological in any phonological framework. In an informal atmosphere, we discuss a broad range of topics, including the phonological description of languages, issues in phonological theory, aspects of phonological acquisition and implications of phonological change.

Call for Papers: This mentions only a few details – please consult the website for full information:
There is no obligatory conference theme for the 28mfm: abstracts can be submitted on anything phonological. We are using the Linguist List’s EasyAbstracts system for abstract submission. Abstracts should be uploaded to the 28mfm’s page on the EasyAbstracts site by 1 February 2020. We aim to finalise the programme, and to contact abstract-senders during March 2021, and we will contact all those who have sent abstracts as soon as the decisions have been made.

Further important details concerning abstract submission are available on the conference website. Please make sure that you consult these before submitting an abstract.

Current Themes in the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence Tickets
May 29 all-day

TYPE OF CALL: Conference Call


LOCATION: De Montfort University, Leicester, UK


LINGUISTIC FIELD(S): Applied Linguistics, Forensic Linguistics






CONTACT PERSON: Tina Billington-Hughes


We invite submissions for papers from postgraduate students on all areas of terrorism and political violence research. Submissions should include a paper title and abstract (max. 500 words), full name(s) and current position by 31stMarch 2021.

Please submit proposals electronically to Tina Billington-Hughes. Papers are invited for themes including but not exclusive to: Conceptual Debates in Terrorism Research, Psychology of Terrorism, Terrorism and Organized Crime, Lone Actor Terrorism, Terrorist Learning, Cyber Terrorism, Terrorism and Prisons, Counter-Terrorism Legislation, Emerging Threats, State Responses to Terrorism, Terrorism and Warfare, Terrorism and Identity, Children and Terrorism, Gender and Terrorism, Dealing with Political Violence, The Legacy of Political Violence.

If you wish to organise a conference panel, please email the conference organisers regarding the theme and panellists’ names. All panellists should submit individual abstracts before the deadline. Student Paper Contest. The organising committee wishes to promote the work of graduate students (MA/MSc/PhD) in the area of terrorism research. All paper presentations submitted by graduate students will therefore be eligible for the award of Best Student Paper. The winner will have the written paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. A committee comprising of the STR Governing Board members, editors of the journal, and selected specialists will make the award decision. The author(s) must initially submit an abstract by the general submission date of 31st March 2021.


All proposals should include (where applicable): Author/Presenter, Name(s), Title(s), Affiliation, Email Address(es), Abstract and Title (Abstract Limit –500 words), Biographical information (max 150 words), Biographical information and the abstract provided will be published in the conference programme and may be published as part of conference proceedings in the STR’s journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression unless requested otherwise.


Cost: The cost of the conference will be £35, which will give postgraduates one year’s membership in the Society for Terrorism Research for 2021.

Approaches to Migration, Language & Identity 2021 (AMLI2021) Tickets
Jun 9 – Jun 11 all-day

Date: 09-Jun-2021 – 11-Jun-2021
Location: University of Sussex/Online, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Charlotte Taylor

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

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2021

This is the third edition in the ‘Approaches to Migration, Language & Identity’ conference series. It is organised by Charlotte Taylor and Stuart Dunmore at the University of Sussex and will be held ONLINE.

We welcome papers addressing any aspect of the intersection between migration, language and identity whether focussed on migration discourses, language practices, legal policy or the ideologies embedded and revealed within them. We also welcome reflexive work which challenges and advances how we investigate these topics, and work which highlights potential impact and proposes methods for stakeholder involvement.

The conference is conceived as an interdisciplinary event and we warmly invite abstract submissions for papers addressing language and identity in relation to migration from colleagues across a range of disciplines including, but not limited to: education, intercultural communication, law, literary studies, linguistics, geography, history, memory studies, migration studies, psychology, sociology, translation studies. We also warmly welcome contributions from colleagues working outside academia.

Call for Papers:

Topics of interest include:

– Migration and un/belonging
– Language, national identity and the Other
– Interrogating categorisation of migrants
– Representing migration from the perspective of departure country
– Framing privileged migration
– Self-representation of migration
– Migrant-authored literary practice and identity
– Cross-linguistic analysis of migration discourses
– Metaphor in representations of migration
– Integration as a two-way process and concept

Language practices
– Language and superdiverse contexts
– Language contact: practices and attitudes
– Migration and intercultural communication
– Migration and translation
– Educational practices and migration
– Heritage languages and identity

Policy and impact
– Language testing and citizenship
– Language policy and citizenship
– The language of migration policy
– Discursive criminalisation of migration
– Creating impact – case-studies and experiences
– Working with stakeholders in investigating language, migration and identity
– Identification of areas where impact is needed

Historical perspectives
– Historical analyses of representation, practice and policy in relation to migration
– Language, migration and memory
– Memorialisation of migration
– Narratives of distant travels

– Decolonising the study of language and identity in relation to migration
– New interdisciplinary methods for investigating language, migration and identity
– Approaches to the study of language and migration (critiques / comparisons)

Abstract format:
Please specify whether your paper is a) a research paper b) reflexive/position paper c) work-in-progress paper. All abstracts should be approx. 250 words (excluding references) and should include up to 5 keywords, a clear research question, indication of findings and references. Categories (a) and (c) should also include a description of the data and methodology. Abstracts should be submitted to by Monday, 15 February 2021.

Please see the conference website for more information:

TABU Dag 2021 Tickets
Jun 10 – Jun 11 all-day

Date: 10-Jun-2021 – 11-Jun-2021
Location: Online, Netherlands
Contact Person: Marjolein Talsma

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 19-Mar-2021

TABU Dag is an international linguistics conference organised by the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 edition of the conference will be held in an online format.

We are currently working on a setup to bring the liveliness and informal interaction of offline TABU Dag conferences to the virtual world. More information about this will follow soon!

TABU Dag originated from the University’s linguistic journal TABU (taalbulletin, ‘language bulletin’), and over the last 40 years the event has developed into a well-established conference with a varied programme and guest speakers from different fields.

The conference offers an excellent opportunity to meet fellow researchers and discuss current topics in all fields of linguistics, including but not limited to neurolinguistics, computational linguistics, language acquisition research, semantics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and text analysis. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are particularly encouraged to present their work at TABU Dag.

We are very pleased to announce that the keynote speakers of this year’s edition are:
– Aurélie Herbelot (University of Trento)
– Hedwig te Molder (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Wageningen University)
– Benjamin Munson (University of Minnesota)
– Greg Poarch (University of Groningen)

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts (in English) in any field of linguistics including, but not limited to: syntax and semantics, phonetics and phonology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, developmental linguistics, language acquisition, speech production, discourse and communication, computational linguistics, and neurolinguistics. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words excluding title, keywords, and references. Abstracts should be submitted on EasyChair via the link below.

We are working to make this virtual edition as interactive as possible. As soon as we clarify some technical details, we will make the information available. Thanks to our sponsors, we are happy to anticipate that there will not be a registration fee.

Important dates and information:
-The deadline for abstract submission is March 19, 2021.
-Notification of acceptance will be sent on April 9, 2021.

The official language of the conference is English.
-Abstracts should be submitted on EasyChair:
-For further information, please visit the TABU Dag website:
Conference location: online.

Submission guidelines:
-Make sure your abstract is not longer than 300 words (excluding any references).
-Upload your abstract as a PDF (with any formatting you’d like) and copy/paste it in the ‘Abstract’ field in the submission form.
-Include any references only in the PDF version and not in the submission form (if not, the references will be included in your word limit).
-Reviewing will be single-blind (i.e., reviewers will remain anonymous, but your name will be known to the reviewers and the programme committee). This means that you are free to reference your own previous work without anonymization.
-Please indicate whether you would prefer to present your work orally or with a poster. If you leave this field empty, we will assume you have no preference. Please note that we might not be able to accommodate all preferences and, if your abstract is accepted, we might assign you to your non-preferred presentation mode if necessary.

Using Mixed Methods to Do Discourse Analysis of Legal Language Tickets
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Joao Pedro Padua 1 Professor of Law, “Fluminense” Federal University, Brazil

Using mixed methods to do discourse analysis of legal language: The case of suspect identification decisions in the Brazilian High Court (“Superior Tribunal de Justiça”)




Forensic linguistics as a field has been distributed by Coulthard and Johnson (2007, pp. 8–10) into two (or, more recently, three; cf. Coulthard and Johnson, 2013, p. 7) sub-fields;. The first deals mostly with the language of legal contexts and settings—dubbed “The language of the legal process”. The second deals mostly with language data that becomes relevant as evidence in legal proceedings—dubbed “Language as evidence”. The methods traditionally associated with the former are mostly qualitative, drawing on the concepts, analytical procedures and ontological assumptions about language stemming from linguistic and discourse-analytic subfields such as pragmatics, interactional sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and so on. Specifically, concepts such as conversational implicatures, sequential organization of face-to-face interaction, textual/discursive genres/registers, information organization of utterances and the like form the bread-and-butter of the (forensic) linguistic approach to the language as used in legal settings (Coulthard and Johnson, 2007, chap. 1; Shuy, 2015).

In this talk, I want to draw upon this tradition of consolidated qualitative analytical concepts, procedures and methods, but also propose to expand it to incorporate quantitative methods that might fill in the gaps that qualitative methods leave; especially in que issue of generalizability and of dealing with substantial amounts of linguistic data. To do this, I will present the findings of a recent pilot study I did on data from judicial decisions from the Brazilian High Court (“Superior Tribunal de Justiça”) on the legal issue of the validity of suspect identification. Drawing on qualitative concepts and methods stemming from ethnomethodology and pragmatics (Pádua, 2019) and on quantitative concepts stemming from corpus linguistics and natural language processing—in this case, N-Gram language models (Jurafsky and Martin, 2019, chap. 3), I proposed that the Court performed what I called a “deontic transformation” of the legal norms relevant to the issue. This deontic transformation differs from a more general interpretive formulation of meaning, in that it negotiates the illocutionary force of the norms. I propose, further, that the linguistic data allow us to formulate a strong hypothesis that this transformation was carried out in order to artificially loosen the legal requirements of suspect identification and, because of that, validate convictions that might otherwise be annulled.

I discuss the relevance and usefulness of mixed methods, that are already pervasive on the Language as evidence side, also to the Language of the legal process side. And I discuss the implications that this type of research can have on both the linguistics and the legal analyses of legal interpretation.



Coulthard, M., Johnson, A., 2013. Introduction: Current debates in forensic linguistics, in: Coulthard, M., Johnson, A. (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics. Routledge, London, pp. 1–15.

Coulthard, M., Johnson, A., 2007. An introduction to forensic linguistics: Language in evidence. Routledge, London.

Jurafsky, D., Martin, J.H., 2019. Speech and language processing: An introduction to natural language processing, computational linguistics, and speech recognition [WWW Document]. URL

Pádua, J.P., 2019. Discursive devices for inserting morality into law: initial exploration from the analysis of a Brazilian Supreme Court decision. Lang. Law=Linguagem e Direito 6, 11–29.

Shuy, R.W., 2015. Discourse analysis in the legal context, in: Tannen, D., Hamilton, H.E., Schiffrin, D. (Eds.), The Handbook of Discourse Analysis. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp. 822–840.

1 Professor of Law, “Fluminense” Federal University, Brazil. PhD (Applied linguistics), 2013, LLM., (Constitutional law), 2008, and LLB, 2004, Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil. Visiting Scholar, Center for Law, Language and Cognition, Brooklyn Law School, U.S. (2018). Practicing attorney in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.