47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

The Societas Linguistica Europaea and the Faculty of English of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, invite you to submit abstracts for workshop, poster or general session papers for the next annual meeting.

SLE meetings provide a forum for high-quality linguistic research from all (sub)domains of linguistics. For more information on previous editions, see SLE 2011, SLE 2012 and SLE 2013. The upcoming edition of the SLE meeting will also host a round table of experts to discuss topics of special linguistic interest. SLE 2014 round table bears the title “Quo Vadis Linguistics”.

Plenary speakers
- Laurie Bauer (Victoria University of Wellington)
- Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)
- Martin Haspelmath (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
- Francesca Masini (University of Bologna)

Guidelines for submission: workshop proposals and papers, posters and general session papers
PROCEDURE. The deadline for the submission of workshop proposals is 1 December 2013. The address for submission is sle@ugr.es. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given by 15 December 2013. After a workshop proposal has been accepted, the convenors will be requested to invite their participants to submit their full abstracts by 15 January 2014. These full abstracts will be evaluated individually by the Scientific Committee and the convenors.

The deadline for all abstracts (for the general session, the poster session and the workshops) is 15 January 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2014.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (exclusive of references) and should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results.

Abstracts should be registered and submitted via the Submit Abstract form where you can upload an attachment. Abstracts should not mention the presenter(s) nor their affiliations or addresses. Only references mentioned in the text can be listed.

Abstracts should have the same title as the entry submitted via the Submit abstract form. Check the final abstract carefully before submission. Abstracts will not be edited for typing, spelling, or grammatical errors after submission.

Layout requirements for abstracts:
- Abstracts must be single-spaced and fully justified. The standard font will be Calibri, size 10.
- The margins will be 2,54 top/bottom and 1,91 left/right (Moderate in MS Word).
- References will have a hanging indent of 1,27 cm.

Submit the abstract as a Word document. If it contains special characters, please send a PDF version to sle@ugr.es

ORGANIZING A WORKSHOP. Whereas 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.

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 300 word abstracts of their papers.

We encourage workshop convenors to distribute an open call for papers on the LinguistList (announce your CFP as a session of SLE 2014) and other fora in October and November 2013.

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 ideally 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. In order to foster interaction, all other sessions will be suspended during the poster session. Posters may remain available during the rest of the conference. The maximum size of the poster is 1.10 m (vertical) x 1 m (horizontal). For more information about how to make a good poster, click here.

MULTIPLE PAPERS. One person may submit a single-authored abstract, a single-authored abstract and a co-authored one (not as first author) or two co-authored abstracts (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.

EVALUATION. Workshop proposals contain the names of convenors and participants and will be evaluated and ranked by the 5 officers of the SLE Scientific Committee (SC). All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously 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 workshop convenors. The threshold for acceptance is the same for general session, poster and workshop abstracts.

The acceptance of a paper depends on the quality of the abstracts.

Prize for the best presentation and the best poster
There will be a prize for the best oral presentation by a PhD student, a prize for the best oral presentation by a postdoc and a prize for the best poster (see SLE 2012 and SLE 2013 awards).

For current purposes, PhD-students are students that have not completed their PhD before the conference. Postdocs have completed their PhD not earlier than January 2011. A nominated paper may be co-authored; in such a case the nominee will be the first author.

Applicants are invited to mark the option referring to the prize when they register their abstract. On the basis of the ranking of the abstracts, the Scientific Committee will set up an internal shortlist with nominees for the prizes.

Members of the Editorial Board of Folia Linguistica (Historica) and the Scientific Committee will decide who will be awarded the first prize of 500 Euros in each category as well as the 2nd and 3rd prize, which is a three-year SLE membership.

Registration will start on 1 April 2014. SLE meetings are member only conferences. That is, all participants with a paper in the program will have to be members. The early bird conference fee for members will be 170 Euros.

Become a member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea and get a discount.

1 December 2013: deadline for submission of workshop proposals
15 January 2014: deadline for submission of all abstracts
31 March 2014: notification of acceptance
1 April 2014: early bird registration starts
1 June 2014: registration (full fee)
30 June 2014: registration closed for participants with a paper
15 August 2014: registration closes

SLE 2014 Local Organizing Committee
Małgorzata Kul, Paulina Zydorowicz
E-mail: SLE2014@wa.amu.edu.pl

SLE Conference Manager
Ana Díaz-Negrillo

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