LINGUIST List 32.2059

Tue Jun 15 2021

Calls: Lang Acquisition/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 15-Jun-2021
From: Atsushi Fujimori <>
Subject: 21st International Conference of the Japan Second Language Association
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Full Title: 21st International Conference of the Japan Second Language Association
Short Title: J-SLA2021

Date: 23-Oct-2021 - 24-Oct-2021
Location: Online, Japan
Contact Person: Shigenori Wakabayashi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2021

Meeting Description:

21st International Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association (J-SLA2021)

Dates: 23-24, October
Venue: Online format
Invited Speaker: Dr. Heather Marsden (The University of York)

J-SLA Vision Statement:
We hereby establish the Japan Second Language Association (abbreviated: J-SLA) for the express purpose of promoting within Japan the advancement of research into second language development that seeks to elucidate the process of second language acquisition through theoretically grounded analyses of empirical data.

Our approach sees second language acquisition research as a scientific field of study on par with cognitive science, first language acquisition research, and linguistics, one that does not, therefore, depend on whether the findings have a direct application to foreign language education per se. Ascertaining the mechanisms of second language acquisition through a rigorous scientific method will contribute, along with other areas of cognitive science, to our understanding of human cognition.

Call for Papers:

J-SLA 2021 invites applications for the following three types of research presentations:
- oral presentations,
- poster presentations, and
- oral presentations at the Student Workshop (see below).

Please follow the guidelines below to submit an abstract.

1. Membership Requirement
a. All presenters must be members of J-SLA at the time of the conference (presenters at the Student Workshop must be student members); it is not necessary for co-presenters to be members.
b. Information on joining J-SLA can be found at the following website: (Membership Registration)

2. Call for abstracts
Abstracts are invited for oral or poster presentations on any theoretical or empirical area of research in second language acquisition (SLA). For more information, refer to “J-SLA Vision Statement” on our website (

3. How to submit an abstract:
Submit your abstract by going to the following website:

The site will open for submissions from 1 June 2021 to 15 July 2021.

Please submit the following two files:
(1) A Word file containing your abstract
(2) A PDF containing your abstract

and follow the Abstract submission procedure below (see 9) when creating these two files. If one of these files is not submitted, the review of your abstract may be delayed.

4. Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 15 July 2021, 11:59pm (Japan Standard Time)

5. Confirmation of submission
After submission, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission (a message from google). If you do not, please try again. If you have trouble with submission, contact the head of the reviewing board Yoko Nakano at

6. Notification of acceptance: Around 10 September, 2021.

7. Duration of oral presentations
Oral presentation of papers will be allotted 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation, followed by 10 minutes for discussion).
(Presenters are required to submit an mp4 file and other materials for the presentations by Sunday 10 October 2021.)

8. Language of presentation: Either English or Japanese

9. Abstract submission procedure:
All applicants must follow this procedure to avoid any delay in the review of their abstracts.
(1) Submissions for oral and poster presentations should be formatted in 10.5 pt Times or Times New Roman in English or 10.5 pt MS Mincho in Japanese. The sizes of margins should be 3cm from top, bottom, right and left.
(2) The language of the abstract must be the same as the language of the presentation.
(3) The length of the abstract should not exceed 1,000 words in English or 1,600 characters in Japanese. The title, figures, tables and references are not counted as part of the word limit. The total length of the abstract (including the title, figures, tables and references) should not exceed two A4 pages.
(4) Include the title at the top of the abstract.
(5) Do not put name(s) of author(s) on abstracts, as they will be sent out for blind review. In addition, be sure to anonymize your PDF file by clicking on ''File,'' then ''Properties,'' removing your name if it appears in the ''Author'' line, and resaving before sending it. (The procedure may vary depending on the version of PDF or computer operating system.)
(6) Include a word count (if written in English) or the number of characters (if written in Japanese) at the bottom of the abstract.

See the conference site for more detail.

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