LINGUIST List 25.4287

Tue Oct 28 2014

Calls: English, Socioling, Discourse Analysis, Syntax, General Ling, Typology/USA

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 28-Oct-2014
From: Thomas Purnell <>
Subject: 6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English
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Full Title: 6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English
Short Title: BICLCE6

Date: 19-Aug-2015 - 23-Aug-2015
Location: Madison, WI, USA
Contact Person: Anja Wanner
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Typology

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 16-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE6)
Madison, WI
19-23 August 2015

The 6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE) will take place in August 2015, and will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The aim of the BICLCE (previously ICLCE) conference is to encourage the cross-fertilization of ideas between different frameworks and research traditions, all of which may address any aspect of the linguistics of contemporary English. Traditionally, syntax (specifically constructions), sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis are three of the focus areas of the conference.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Joan Houston Hall (The Dictionary of American Regional English, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Lars Hinrichs (University of Texas at Austin)
Mark Seidenberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Carmen Llamas (York University)
Bernd Kortmann (University of Freiburg)

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts dealing with any aspect of the structure of contemporary varieties of English in any way that aims to be explanatory. Work on any variety is welcome, as well as work exploring variation. We do not intend to accept abstracts that are purely historical, but we do encourage those that bring in diachrony in order to explain the structure of present-day English.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, 16 Jan 2015 at 5 pm (US Central Time).

Previous ICLCE conferences were held in Edinburgh (2005), Toulouse (2007), London (2009), Osnabrück (2011), and Austin, TX (2013), along the same lines. As BICLCE moves to the Midwest, we hope to build on these successes.

We will accept abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations as well as for organized panels. An organized panel proposal—consisting of four related papers—consists of an abstract of each talk plus an explanation of how the panel is coherent. Panels may be on any of the topics emphasized by the conference generally, but also consist of a group of four talks that approach data in novel ways. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a panel, contact the organizers in advance of the abstract deadline via

In addition, we invite junior scholars (i.e., students) to submit abstracts for a special poster presentation session.

See conference website for information on abstract formatting and submission process. The link to the submission interface will be available at the conference website (

- Cognitive linguistics
- Computer-mediated communication
- Corpus linguistics
- Language acquisition
- Lexicography and lexicology
- Morphology and morphosyntax
- Phonetics and phonology
- Pragmatics
- Psycholinguistics
- Semantics
- Sociolinguistics and variation
- Syntax
- Typology
- Varieties of English

Important Dates:

- Submission of abstracts opens: 1 December 2014
- Submission of abstracts closes: 16 January 2015
- Notification of acceptance: March 2015
- Registration opens: June 2015
- Conference takes place: 19-23 August 2015

B-ICLCE 6 Organizing Committee:

Anja Wanner, Eric Raimy, and Tom Purnell
Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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