20th International Congress of Linguists (call for papers, deadline August 15th)

Last Updated: 26 Aug 2017

Submit Abstracts NowThe Local Organising Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for the 20th International Congress of Linguists.

Authors can now submit abstracts against any of the workshops or individual topics (i.e. “paper sessions”).

There will also be a poster session at the congress. The abstracts committee might redirect some paper abstracts to the poster sessions.
Students still working on their PhDs are encouraged to present in this session, and to indicate in their abstracts that it is for the poster session.

Please read carefully through the Abstract Submission Criteria and Themes before your submit.


Now Open: Abstract preparation period
Now Open: Online submission 
24 July 2017: Deadline for abstract submission Extended to 31 August 2017
31 October 2017: Notification of abstract acceptance

Abstract Criteria

  • An abstract can be submitted as an individual paper (in a “paper session”) or it can be linked to a workshop
  • Abstracts should be between 200 to 350 words.
  • Abstracts should not include any images or diagrams
  • As English is the working language of the congress, we regret that we can only receive abstracts written in English
  • Workshops may be cancelled, merged, or shortened if insufficient abstracts are received and accepted in the specific workshop.
  • Generally, it is expected that delegates would not present more than one single-authored paper in the conference.
  • Exceptions will be made in the case of papers with multiple authorships, invitations to make an additional presentation at a workshop by a workshop convenor, or senior scholars making an additional presentation with a junior colleague or student.
  • There will be a poster session at the conference. Students still working on their PhDs are encouraged to present in this session. The Programme Committee might re-direct some paper (oral) abstracts to the poster session.

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts can now be submitted through the online submission portal.
Authors will be required to create a user account to be able to proceed to submission.
It is possible to create and save a draft of the abstract and then return later to submit.
Please note that after submission, no changes can be made.

Heading: Please do not type all letters of the heading in capital letters. Please use sentence case.
Abstract Text: You can prepare your text in MS Word and cut and paste into the text box, or you can type directly in the abstract text box.
Paragraph breaks: Please use paragraph breaks where necessary

Please submit your abstract now.

Abstract Themes

Individual Presentation (“Paper sessions”):

  • Historical Linguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Sociolinguistics of Variation and Change
  • Morphology and Syntax (includes a Typology stream)
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Semantics and Pragmatics (includes a Lexicography stream)
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Multilingualism, Education, Policy and Development
  • Migration, Globalisation and Language
  • General Topics


1 Day Workshops

1.5 Day Workshops

2 Day Workshops