The International Society for the Linguistics of English
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
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
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...
ISLE-4 — Poznan, Poland — 2016
For many of us it still seems as though ISLE-3 in Zurich just concluded, but we are now getting ready for ISLE-4 in Poznan, Poland, in 2016. Please stay tuned for the call for papers.
2015 Hogg Prize Competition
The deadline for this year's Hogg Prize is March 31, 2015. Please see the Hogg Prize page for details.
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,
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
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
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.
The third ISLE Conference took place in Zurich, 24–27 August 2014.
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.