ISLE Summer School

 ISLE Summer School 2019 – "Using the Past to Explain the Present"


The ISLE Summer School for postgraduate researchers took place at the University of Glasgow between 24th and 28th June 2019, on the topic ‘The Present and the Past in Dialogue’. The School was led by Jeremy Smith (Glasgow – ISLE president), supported by Kristin Bech (Oslo – ISLE board member), Joanna Kopaczyk (Glasgow), and Wendy Scase (Birmingham), while participants came from a wide variety of places, ranging from Scandinavia and the Netherlands to Pakistan, Spain and the UK and USA. Topics covered included ‘On the material turn in English historical linguistics’, ‘The semiotics of the alphabet’, ‘How to do historical dialectology in the digital age’, and ‘Corpora and digital resources for studying syntax in the history of English’. Student presentations highlighted the exciting range of topics currently being pursued in the field, and the team also enjoyed the social programme, which included a field trip to the Ruthwell Cross. Comments from participants afterwards were uniformly positive, e.g. ‘I’m leaving here feeling inspired to continue with my work’, ‘Wonderful and enriching experience’.


Previous ISLE Summer/Spring Schools

ISLE Summer School 2017 – "Variation in World Englishes: advanced issues in theory and methodology"

The ISLE 2017 Summer School took place in Regensburg, Germany from 4-7 October 2017.

ISLE 2017 Summer School website

ISLE Summer School 2016 – "Methods in English Linguistics"

The ISLE 2016 Summer School took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 13 to 16 June 2016.

ISLE 2016 Summer School website

ISLE (Post-)Doctoral Spring School 2013 – "Englishes in a Multilingual World: New Dynamics of Variation, Contact and Change"

The ISLE (Post-)Doctoral Spring School 2013 took place in Freiburg, Germany from 15 to 19 April 2013.

ISLE 2013 Spring School website