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 Spring School
The programme for the 2013 ISLE Spring School is now available! More...
The third ISLE conference will be held at the University of Zurich from 24 to 27 August 2014. More information can be found on the conference website.
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 next ISLE Conference will take place in Zurich. The proposed date for the conference is 24–27 August 2014 (please notice the new date).
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.