The International Society for the Linguistics of English

<b>What is the ISLE Research Cloud?</b><br>A visual summary of our members' current research<br>interests expressed in terms of <b>keywords</b>. <span class=k6>Common</span><br>keywords are shown larger than <span class=k0>rare</span> ones. ISLE Research Network Cloud

Applied Linguistics Discourse Analysis Historical Linguistics Morphology Phonology Pragmatics Semantics Sociolinguistics Syntax Text/Corpus Linguistics
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The central aim of ISLE is to promote the study of English Language, that is, the study of the structure and history of standard and non-standard varieties of English, in terms of both form and function, at an international level.

We aim for the society to provide a geographically and theoretically neutral central contact point for all those who are academically active and who identify with this aim.

Although there are country-specific ‘Anglistik’, ‘English Language and Literature’ or ‘Linguistics’ associations (and we hope to be in contact with these, where appropriate) there is currently no international umbrella organisation fulfilling this role.

ISLE formally came into existence at the first ISLE conference, which took place from the 8th to the 11th of October 2008, in Freiburg, Germany. More...


Call for Proposals for English Language and Linguistics Special Issue

English Language and Linguistics – ISLE's official journal – is currently inviting proposals for its 2019 special issue. The deadline for proposals is 15 September 2017. From the call, the editors explain that "special issues should be focused on a specific topic which is of key interest to specialists in the various sub-disciplines of English linguistics". Please see the call for details.

President-elect and Secretary Election Results

With congratulations and thanks extended to all candidates – with thanks, too, to voting members and to the nominating committee for their work – the ISLE executive is pleased to announce the success of Jeremy Smith for President-Elect and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi for Secretary. Jeremy and Benedikt will take their positions at ISLE-4 in September.

REMINDER – ISLE-4 is fast approaching!

Please see the conference website here -- -- and do not forget to register!


The call for papers for ISLE-4 closes soon. Please see the CFP for details, but note that proposals will now be accepted until March 31, 2016. ISLE-4 will take place September 18th to 21st 2016 in Poznań, Poland at the Adam Mickiewicz University.

2015 Hogg Prize Recipient

Congratulations to Martin Schweinberger (Hamburg), recipient of the 2015 Hogg Prize.

ISLE-4 — Poznan, Poland — 18 - 21 September 2016

The website for the ISLE-4 conference is now live! ISLE-4 will be held in Poznań, Poland at the Adam Mickiewicz University, September 18th to 21st 2016. Please visit the official ISLE-4 site for more information.

Second ISLE Summer School — 13 - 16 June 2016

ISLE is pleased to announce our second (post)graduate summer school: "Methods in linguistics: workshops on corpus-based and experimental approaches, and phonetic analysis".

The summer school will be hosted by the English Department at the University of Amsterdam, 13 - 16 June 2016. Plenary speakers include Florian T. Jaeger, Alison Wray, and Rens Bod. Martin Hilpert, Sible Andringa, and Paul Boersma will be conducting workshops on corpus-based approaches, experimental approaches, and phonetic analysis with PRAAT, respectively. More information, including application instructions, can be found here.

ISLE-3 Concludes, 24-27 August 2014

The ISLE-3 conference, dedicated to the memory of Geoffrey Leech, concluded August 27, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference was comprised of five pre-conference workshops, the ISLE presidential address, four plenaries, 116 papers, a poster session, the presentation of the 2014 Hogg Prize (Alison Biggs, University of Cambridge) and the changeover of the ISLE board.

ISLE warmly thanks outgoing board members:

  • Past President David Denison (University of Manchester)
  • Secretary Stefan Dollinger (University of British Columbia)
  • VP-Research Terttu Nevalainen (University of Helsinki)
  • VP-Teaching Sylviane Granger (Université catholique de Louvain)
  • VP-Profession Bas Aarts (University College London)
  • Treasurer Ingo Plag (University of Düsseldorf)

Christian Mair will begin his new role as past president, having handed over ISLE presidentship to Olga Fischer. ISLE welcomes new board members:

  • President Olga Fischer (University of Amsterdam)
  • President-elect Edgar Schneider (University of Regensburg)
  • Secretary Jennifer Smith (University of Glasgow)
  • VP-Research Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel)
  • VP-Teaching Elly Van Gelderen (University of Arizona)
  • VP-Profession Irma Taavitsainen (University of Helsinki)
  • Treasurer Jakob Leimgruber (University of Freiburg)

2014 Hogg Prize Recipient

Congratulations to Alison Biggs (Cambridge), recipient of the 2014 Hogg Prize.

Two 2013 Hogg Prize Winners!

Due to the exceptional quality of two papers in the 2013 Hogg Prize Competition not one, but two Hogg Prizes are awarded this year. The 2013 Richard M. Hogg Prize winners are (in alphabetical order): Axel Bohmann (Austin), "Nobody canna cross it: An interactional perspective on discourse in motion", and Elspeth Edelstein (Aberdeen) "Adverb climbing as evidence for the structure of non-finite complements in English." These papers are available on the Hogg Prize page.

2013 ISLE Referendum Results

Two items were decided during the 2013 referendum, taking place from 6 to 19 May 2013: 1) the host institution of ISLE-4, and 2) the period of time between each ISLE conference. Members decided upon Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, to host ISLE-4. Members also decided to change from a triennial conference rhythm to a biennial rhythm, meaning that ISLE-4 will take place in 2016 (two years after ISLE-3, at the University of Zurich), with successive conferences to be scheduled for each even numbered year following.

2013 ISLE Election Results

Elections for the new ISLE executive took place during the two weeks from 4 to 17 March 2013. The elected officials, who will assume their responsibilities after the business meeting at the ISLE-3 Conference in Zurich in August 2014, are:

President-Elect: Edgar Schneider (Regensburg, DE)
VP Profession: Irma Taavitsainen (Helsinki, FIN)
VP Research: Martin Hilpert, (Neuchâtel, CH)
VP Teaching: Elly Van Gelderen (Phoenix, USA)
Secretary: Jennifer Smith (Glasgow, UK)

The current executive offers congratulations to those elected and would like to take the opportunity to also thank all those who agreed to stand. (Christian Mair, President)

Derek Britton Access Bursary

Derek Britton, who died of cancer in March 2011, was a historian of English at Edinburgh University. He was a well-known and well-liked member of the international research community; his family have now founded an Access Bursary in his memory. Donations are still welcome, however small.

ISLE 2014

The third ISLE Conference took place in Zurich, 24–27 August 2014.

ISLE 2011

The second ISLE Conference took place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on 17–21 June 2011. More...

Minutes of the ISLE 2 business meeting are available to members upon login.

The English Project

The English Project is a project based in Winchester, England, to create a museum for the English language where “visitors – both physically and virtually – will be able to explore the English language in all its vigorous complexity across time and geography” (text taken from the project’s website).

The ISLE Vice-President for the Profession, Bas Aarts, is in discussion with the project’s founders and there are plans for ISLE to help guide the museum’s work. More information about the English Project can be found on their website.

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