Dear ISLE Members,

I am delighted to be able to announce that Tanja Saïly of the University of Helsinki has been elected as the new Secretary of ISLE! Many thanks to her for allowing her name to go forward for this important role, and I am delighted to be working with her in the future.

If folk would like to see Tanja in action, I can recommend this OED webinar!

I should also like to thank Anita Auer for agreeing to be nominated for the election! It was great to have two such excellent candidates to choose from. And thanks again to Kate Burridge and her team on the nominating committee.

And as I have already said – but it stands repeating! – thanks once more to Benedikt for his sterling service.

Best regards,

Jeremy Smith
ISLE President

ISLE 6: First Circular

ISLE 6: Evolving English and the Digital Era will take place at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu from 3-6 June 2020. Find out more on the conference page.

ISLE Summer School 2019

The next ISLE Summer School on the general topic "Using the Past to Explain the Present" will take place at the University of Glasgow between 24-28 June 2019. Find out more on the Summer School page.

ISLE 6 announced

ISLE 6: Evolving English and the Digital Era will take place at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu from 3-6 June 2020. Find out more on the conference page.

ISLE Summer School 2017: Report

36 participants, 1 opening talk, 4 plenary lectures, 6 workshops, 24 presentations, about 50 individual consultations and many, many discussions and conversations over the four days. Read more on this year's Summer School here.

ISLE 5: Announcement

ISLE 5 will take place at UCL, London, England from 17 to 20 July 2018. Find out more by going to the ISLE 5 page.

Call for Proposals: English Language and Linguistics – 2019 Special Issue

The journal English Language and Linguistics (ELL) publishes one special issue each year, and we would now like to invite proposals for the special issue to be published in 2019.

Special issues should be focused on a specific topic which is of key interest to specialists in the various sub-disciplines of English linguistics. The topics and contents of past special issues can be consulted by viewing back issues on the ELL website.

As a rough guideline, a special issue should be a collection of 5-10 targeted (often commissioned) articles, including a lead article or 'perspectivizing' introduction by the editor(s), with a maximum length of 100,000 words for the volume. However, no strict format is prescribed and editors are welcome to propose novel formats (for example, articles may be followed by responses from others), although all articles submitted for a special issue will be subjected to the same rigorous quality and reviewing standards as regular submissions to English Language and Linguistics. The issue's editor(s) will collaborate closely with one of the regular editors of the journal during the reviewing stage and when deciding upon the ultimate selection of papers to be published.

The deadline for the first drafts of articles is expected to be around 1 July 2018, and the final revised versions of all articles in the special issue must be submitted by 1 March 2019 at the latest (to be ready for publication in the second issue of the year).

Proposals for a possible special issue should be no longer than 4 pages, including:

  • information on the relevance of the topic and on what makes it attractive to the international English Linguistics community
  • the special expertise of the editor(s)
  • a preliminary list of contributors
  • potentially, short abstracts of the papers

Please send proposals by 15 September 2017 to the following email address:

This will distribute the proposal to all three editors of ELL. Feel free to contact any or all of us in advance of this deadline if you have any queries about any of this this. We would encourage those thinking of submitting a proposal to contact us to discuss it.

Laurel Brinton (

Patrick Honeybone (

Bernd Kortmann (