ISLE Conference


The next ISLE conference will be held at UCL, London, England from 17 to 20 July 2018.

Plenary speakers

Anita Auer, University of Lausanne
Ilse Depraetere, Université Lille 3
John McWhorter, Columbia University
Peter Trudgill, University of East Anglia and University of Fribourg

Call for papers

We invite papers on any area of research pertaining to English linguistics, including syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, language change, sociolinguistics, etc.

Abstracts must be between 300 and 500 words long (excluding references) and must be fully anonymous.

The deadline for submission is 30 November 2017; the online submission system (EasyChair) will open in July 2017.

The abstracts will be reviewed anonymously and notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end of January 2018.

Call for workshop proposals

Up to six workshops will be held on the afternoon of the first day of the conference, 17 July 2018, and are expected to last up to three hours. If you would like to convene a workshop, please send your proposal directly to the organizers at

The proposal must contain the following:

the workshop title and the names of organizer(s)
a short description of the workshop (400 - 800 words)
an outline of the procedure for selecting papers and participants
format of the workshop (please note that in principle workshops should follow the pattern of the main conference in assigning the customary twenty minutes per presentation plus ten minutes for discussion).
The deadline for submission of workshop proposals is 15 September 2017. The convenors will be notified of the acceptance of their workshop (and time allotted) by 15 November 2017.

Once a proposal is accepted, it will be the responsibility of the workshop organisers to fully organise their workshop, including issuing a call for papers, reviewing and selecting abstracts, and so on. Once a workshop has been put together the organisers will present their programme to us for inclusion in the overall conference programme.

ISLE 5 Conference website

Call for papers

Previous ISLE conferences


ISLE 4 took place in Poznan, Poland from 18 to 21 September 2016.

ISLE 4 Conference website


ISLE 3 took place in Zurich, Switzerland from 24 to 27 August 2014.

ISLE 3 Conference website


ISLE 2 took place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA from 17 to 21 June 2011.

ISLE 2 Conference website

ISLE Inaugural Conference

The inaugural conference of ISLE took place in Freiburg, Germany from 8 to 11 October 2008.

ISLE 1 Conference website

See also

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