SLE Workshop: Sociolinguistics & the Media

44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
8-11 September 2011
Universidad de la Rioja, Logroño, Spain

The Societas Linguistica Europaea and the Centre for Research in the Applications of Language at the University of La Rioja, Logroño (Spain) invite you to submit workshop, poster and paper proposals for the next annual meeting. SLE meetings provide a forum for high-quality scientific research in linguistics.

Plenary speakers

  • Bas Aarts (London): “Shifts in English modal verb usage in recent times”
  • Martin Everaert (Utrecht): “Anaphoric Dependencies and the Quest for Universals”
  • Adele Goldberg (Princeton): “Items and Generalizations”
  • Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy (Murcia): “Constructivist Approaches to Style-Shifting: An Interactional Sociolinguistic Perspective”
  • Ruth Wodak (Lancaster): “Integrating Sociolinguistics and (Critical) Discourse Studies: Multilingual Practices in European Union Institutions”

Call for papers: Workshops and general session

Workshops, posters and individual papers are invited on all topics belonging to the field of linguistics. One person may submit a single-authored paper, a single-authored paper and a co-authored one (not as first author) or two co-authored papers (only one as first author). Note that keynote papers within workshops count as ordinary papers. Presentations will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes question time.
All abstracts have to be registered and sent to the Scientific Committee by 15 January 2011.

GENERAL SESSION - WORKSHOPS. General session papers can deal with any topic in linguistics. Workshop papers take into account the topic of the workshop proposal, and are usually pre-selected by the workshop convenors before they are submitted to the scientific committee (SC). The acceptance of a paper depends on the quality of the abstract.
Abstracts will be read by three referees. Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by three members of the SC. Workshop papers receive two evaluations by SC members and one by the convenors. The threshold for acceptance is the same for general session, poster and workshop abstracts. The acceptance rate of the previous conferences was 60% for the general session.
As of SLE 2009 more than half of the presentations have taken place within the framework of thematic workshops. Workshop proposals should contain:
  • A 1000 word description of the topic (including the research questions to be addressed) and
  • a provisional list of workshop participants and a short description of their topics.
We encourage workshop convenors to distribute an open call for papers on the LinguistList and other fora. The deadline for the submission of workshop proposals is 15 November 2010. Workshop proposals will be evaluated and ranked by the SLE Scientific Committee. Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 December 2010. After a workshop proposal has been accepted, the convenors will be requested to invite their participants to submit their full abstracts by 15 January 2011.
Since we want conference participants to be able to attend individual workshop presentations, SLE workshops have to be compatible with the main conference schedule. This means that the format of the workshops must be organized around 30 minute presentations (20 min. + 10 min. discussion). Workshops can contain 10 or 15 slots (corresponding to 1 or 1.5 days); each workshop ideally comprises:
  1. An introductory paper by the convenor(s) or by a key-note speaker, which summarizes previous research, specifies the approach(es) to be taken and sets the scope of the papers to be presented.
  2. Eight papers (1 day) or thirteen papers (1.5 day).
  3. A slot for final discussion on the topics covered by the papers, methodological issues and questions for future research.
Further details can be discussed with the SLE Conference Manager.

POSTERS. The next SLE meeting will hold a poster session of an hour for both senior and junior researchers. Posters and oral presentations will be evaluated according to the same quality standards. In order to foster interaction, all other sessions will be suspended during the poster session.
The maximum size of the poster is 1.10 m x 1 m. For more information about how to make a good poster, click here.

Guidelines for submission

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (exclusive of references) and should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. The abstract will also contain three to five key words specifying the (sub)field, the topic and the approach.
The deadline for all abstracts (for the general session, the poster session and the workshops) is 15 January 2011. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2011.
Submit your title through the Submit Abstract form where you can upload your abstract as an attachment. The abstract should not mention the presenter(s) nor their affiliations or addresses. Abstracts are preferably in Word or .RTF format; if your abstract contains special symbols, please include a pdf version as well.

Important dates

15 November 2010:
deadline for submission of workshop proposals
15 January 2011:
deadline for submission of poster and paper abstracts
31 March 2011:
notification of acceptance
1 April 2011:
early registration starts
1 June 2011:
registration (full fee)
30 June 2011:
registration closed for participants with a paper
20 August 2011:
registration closed

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