Taboo Conference 2020 (TaCo 2020) Tickets
Sep 30 – Oct 2 all-day

Date: 30-Sep-2020 – 02-Oct-2020
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact Person: Giulia Magazzù

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 10-Feb-2020

The Taboo Conference series (TaCo) is an interdisciplinary conference aimed at bringing together scholars of various aspects of taboo in a variety of academic fields. The project was originated at the Department of Interpretation and Translation of the University of Bologna, Italy, where the first edition was held in 2012. The following editions were held every two years in Durham (UK), Barcelona (Spain) and Bertinoro (Italy). For its fifth installment the conference will be held in Rome. We hope you’ll be able to join us this year to discuss all the multifaceted ramifications of taboo in language, culture and communication.

The Conference will be held at University of Rome, Tor Vergata.
The working language for the conference is English.

For further information, please visit the website:

If you are interested in submitting a pre-organized panel, please contact us at the site above and by the deadline indicated below.

Call for Papers

In a world that seems continuously to be stretching the line of what is acceptable to the inhabitants of specific linguistic and cultural contexts, this interdisciplinary conference acknowledges the importance of investigating taboos and their reinforcement/breaking in various areas of language, culture, literature and society, and across different cultures. We propose to explore the delicate balance and subtle boundaries between the need for inclusion and respect for different ethnic, religious, sexual backgrounds – which seem to be at the basis of modern multicultural societies – and a conscious (or unconscious) push towards the breaking of existing taboos, for example for shock value, as in the case of comedy and art. In such contexts, investigation of the linguistic, cultural, social, institutional and personal implications of taboo reinforcement/breaking appears of extreme value.

For its fifth edition, the Taboo Conference series will specifically address the intricacies of taboo in language, culture, literature and communication in its various occurrences from the points of view of production, performance, and perception/reception. The subject of taboo in language, culture, literature and communication seems to have become especially relevant in the last few years, in which political correctness at both the institutional and individual level has been seen, on the one hand, as a crucial tool in protecting people from verbal abuse and in preventing the reinforcement of stereotypes and, on the other, as a set of measures and a way of thinking which significantly curtail free speech in many aspects of the public sphere.

The 2020 conference seeks to explore the shifting boundaries of the acceptability of taboo in their various incarnations as produced and perceived in today’s multicultural society, from cinema and television, to news, videogames, literature and different kinds of online content. The study of taboo in the past, for example through the medium of literature, is also relevant to the conference. Possible areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, political orientations and political satire, identity and gender politics, ethnic stereotypes, different kinds of non-normative behaviour, political correctness and the discourse surrounding it, and the debate between real and perceived offense through comedy.

We welcome individual proposals or pre-organized panels from different disciplines pertaining – but by no means limited – to the following thematic areas and their intersections in various mediatic forms:

– Sex and sexuality (e.g. nudity, non-normative sexual practices, pornography)
– Racism and sexism (e.g. white supremacy, gender discrimination, transphobia)
– Death and dying (e.g. mortality, ageing, funerals and burials, fatal accidents)
– Sickness, disability, and deformity
– Scatology (e.g. excreta/effluvia)
– Politics (e.g. political corruption, political incorrectness, prejudice, gender discrimination)
– Religions and blasphemy (rituals, prejudice, afterlife)
– Addiction
– Money (greed, graft, exploitation, waste, extravagance, poverty)
– Changing social attitudes towards violence, exploitation and abuse (prostitution, slavery, trafficking, rape, children’s rights)
– Censorship, reactions to it, and its effects.

Each paper presentation should be scheduled for 15 minutes to be followed by 5-minute question time to the panel.

Please submit your contribution (a 300-word abstract and a brief bionote) at the following link:

For further information, please visit the website:
If you are interested in submitting a pre-organized panel, please contact us at the site above.

Discourse in Corpus and Experimental Data: Bridging the Methodological Gap (DisCorX) Tickets
Oct 15 – Oct 16 all-day

Date: 15-Oct-2020 – 16-Oct-2020
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Ludivine Crible

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

This workshop intends to gather linguists, psycholinguists and psychologists who investigate spoken and written discourse through a (direct or indirect) combination of corpus-based and experimental methods. The focus is on coherence relations and their signals. The aim of the workshop is to share state-of-the-art research on discourse production and processing. In doing so, methodological issues will be discussed, covering the affordances and limitations of corpus-based and experimental approaches to discourse. We hope that this workshop will be an opportunity to share best practices and to further encourage multidisciplinarity and triangulation of results.

Call for Papers:

Discourse analysis, understood here as the study of discourse-level processes such as coherence relations and their markers, is a rich multidisciplinary field of linguistic research that has been explored through cognitive corpus linguistics and psycholinguistic experiments (among others). Both methods have contributed greatly to furthering our knowledge of the types of linguistic elements that help signal coherence relations, their forms and functions, the factors that influence the use of such signals and their effect on processing and comprehension.

Multi-method approaches are highly fruitful: corpus studies help describe a complex reality and provide hypotheses to be tested in more controlled experiments, where well-defined variables can be manipulated and further cognitive factors can be accessed. The combination of these two methods seems to attract more attention (e.g. Mak et al., 2013; Zufferey & Gygax, 2015), although it remains fairly limited in the field. This methodological gap is mostly due to the different (and partly incompatible) techniques and requirements that each paradigm involves.

Invited Speakers:

Sandrine Zufferey (Universität Bern)
Ted J.M. Sanders (Universiteit Utrecht)

We encourage submissions of abstracts for 20-minute presentations covering the following topics:

– categories of coherence relations;
– categories of discourse signals;
– polyfunctionality, ambiguity, information density;
– “implicit” vs “explicit” relations;
– discourse production;
– processing and comprehension;
– perception and acceptability.

All papers must involve both corpus-based and experimental methods, at least partly or indirectly. We also invite papers specifically targeting methodological issues:

– what are the benefits and limitations of corpus-based approaches to discourse?
– what are the benefits and limitations of experimental approaches to discourse?
– how (far) can they be combined?

Abstracts can be up to 500-word long (excluding references). Please use editable formats (.doc/.docx) and submit your abstract via Easychair by 30th March 2020.

Easychair link:

5th International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA-5) Tickets
Oct 16 – Oct 19 all-day

Date: 16-Oct-2020 – 18-Oct-2020
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Contact Person: Caroline Rieger

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 05-Mar-2020

The goal of the conference is to promote both theoretical and applied research in pragmatics, and to bring together scholars who are interested in different subfields of pragmatics (philosophical, linguistic, cognitive, social, intercultural, interlanguage, etc.). The four main topical strands of the conference are as follows:

(i)Pragmatics theories: neo-Gricean approaches, relevance theory, theory of mind, meaning, role of context, common ground, semantics-pragmatics interface, explicature, implicature, speech act theory, presuppositions, grammaticalization, im/politeness, etc.

(ii)Experimental pragmatics: models of language and meaning, experimental techniques, scalar implicatures, reference resolution, interpretation of figurative language, etc.

(iii)Intercultural, cross-cultural and societal aspects of pragmatics: research involving more than one language and culture, or varieties of one language, intercultural pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics, variational pragmatics, social pragmatics, lingua franca, computer-mediated communication (CMC), bilinguals’ and heritage speakers’ language use, intercultural misunderstandings, effect of dual language and multilingual systems on the development and use of pragmatic skills, language of aggression and conflict, etc.

(iv)Applications: usage and corpus-based approaches, pragmatic competence, teachability and learnability of pragmatic skills, pragmatic variations within one language and across languages, developmental pragmatics, cyber pragmatics, etc.

In addition to proposals for these topical strands we invite proposals for a special Panel on African American Pragmatics to promote research in this underserved field. This panel is chaired by Lisa Green, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

Call for Papers:


The early deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended.

Early Deadline: March 5, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: March 25, 2020
Final Acceptance Deadline: June 15, 2020 (no abstracts will be processed after this date)
Notification of Acceptance: July 15, 2020

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts must be 250-400 words max. in length (depending on format of presentation, including title, excluding references). Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per person. Abstracts & proposals for all presentation formats must be submitted through EasyAbstracts ( The system opened on November 1, 2019.
When submitting the abstract or proposal, please specify your preference of format as well as the category (i, ii, iii, iv or v – African American Pragmatics) you would like to be considered for. Details of these categories and formats can be found in the full CFP on the AMPRA web site:

Interspeech 2020 (Special Session/Challenges Proposal Due) Tickets
Oct 25 – Oct 29 all-day

INTERSPEECH is the world’s largest and most comprehensive conference on the science and technology of spoken language processing. INTERSPEECH conferences emphasize interdisciplinary approaches addressing all aspects of speech science and technology, ranging from basic theories to advanced applications. In addition to regular oral and poster sessions, INTERSPEECH 2020 will feature plenary talks by internationally renowned experts, tutorials, special sessions & challenges, show & tell sessions, and exhibits. A number of satellite events will also take place around INTERSPEECH 2020.

Scientific Area Topics
Original papers are solicited in, but not limited to, the following areas:
1. Speech Perception, Production and Acquisition
2. Phonetics, Phonology and Prosody
3. Analysis of Paralinguistics in Speech and Language
4. Speaker and Language Identification
5. Analysis of Speech and Audio Signals
6. Speech Coding and Enhancement
7. Speech Synthesis and Spoken Language Generation
8. Speech Recognition – Signal Processing, Acoustic Modeling Robustness and Adaptation
9. Speech Recognition – Architecture Search, and Linguistic Components
10. Speech Recognition – Technologies and Systems for New Applications
11. Spoken Language Processing – Dialog, Summarization and Understanding
12. Spoken Language Processing – Translation, Information Retrieval and Resources

Populism, political representation, media language and power Tickets
Nov 19 – Nov 20 all-day

Date: 19-Nov-2020 – 20-Nov-2020
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Contact Person: Malin Roitman

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

Subject Language(s): English; French; Spanish

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

The RomPol workshop 2020 will focus on the following research axes:

1) Comparative studies of populist discourses emerging from different countries and circulating in the media, in France, Italy, Spain, Brazil and – for this edition – Sweden;
2) Analyses of the seduction strategies and rhetorical means used in different populist discourses in one of the countries on focus;
3) Studies of media productions (oral and/or written) with focus on the notions of information vs misinformation and the dissemination of fake news, in the light of specific discursive events under the recent years;
4) Investigations of the political representation and the relations between populism and direct democracy in different countries as well as the so-called citizens’ initiative referendum (RIC) in France.

These research avenues will provide complementary insights to better understand the rising populism in the countries on focus as well as the way the media participate in its dissemination and circulation. It is our hope that the workshop Populism, political representation and media language and power increase the number of collaborations with researchers from different backgrounds who are interested in interdisciplinary and comparative research on political discourse, in particular on the development of populism in Romance-speaking countries and in north European countries. Several researchers within ROMPOL are also part of the network “Language and Power” at Stockholm University, which will enable us to build bridges between different disciplines working specifically on populism and media power.

The following researchers have agreed to give plenary lectures:

a) Within social & political science perspectives:
– Christophe Premat, Associate Professor of French cultural studies at Stockholm University.
– Jens Rydgren, Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University.
– Jessé Souza, Professor of Sociology at the University of Juiz de Flora, Minas Gerais.

b) Linguistics perspective:
– Michele Colombo, Professor of Italian Linguistics at Stockholm University,
– Beatriz Gallardo-Paúls, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Valencia.
– Malin Roitman, Senior Lecturer of French Linguistics and Discourse Analysis at Stockholm University.

Second Call for Papers:

The proposals (maximum 400 words) can be written in English, in French or in Spanish and should be sent to by March 31, 2020.

Important dates:
– March 31, 2020 : deadline to send proposals to
– November 19-20, 2020: Workshop

Linguistic and Social Aspects of Hate Speech in Modern Societies Tickets
Nov 23 – Nov 24 all-day

TYPE OF CALL: Conference

CONFERENCE DATES: November 23-24, 2020

LOCATION: Odense, Denmark

LINGUISTIC FIELD(S): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics








Hate speech and offensive language is a widespread phenomenon in modern societies. Hate speech can be roughly defined as any communication that attacks individuals or groups “on the grounds of ‘race’, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, language, religion or belief, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and other personal characteristics or status” (Council of Europe 2016). However, still relatively little is known about the linguistic and communicative mechanisms underlying the expression and perception of hate speech.

This conference aims to fill in a few of these gaps and shed light on various linguistic and social aspects of current manifestations of hate speech, providing an international forum for researchers working in the field.  It is organized by the members of the Velux-project “Towards Balance and Boundaries in Public Discourse: Expressing and Perceiving Online Hate Speech (XPEROHS)”. Invited speakers are Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) and Jörg Meibauer (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz).  We invite contributions concerning all linguistic and social aspects of hate speech, including but not limited to the following:

the use, imagery and evolution of slurs
metaphors, tropes and narratives used in hate speech discourse
cognitive aspects and stereotypes
perception and acceptability norms of hate speech
hate speech corpora: compilation, annotation and evaluation
target-specific aspects of hate speech based on religion, ethnicity, gender, caste etc.
pedagogical aspects, educational media and school policies
the role of social media in the dissemination of hate messages
othering as a linguistic vehicle of discrimination
cross-language and cross-cultural comparisons
party policies and the political dimension of hate speech
philosophical aspects of hate speech
legal aspects of hate speech

We invite extended abstracts for long talks (800 word abstract) or short abstracts for shorter talks (400 word abstract). Long talks will be allocated a slot of 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. The shorter ones are limited to 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion. There is no conference fee!