Conference: LAGB 2017

In September 2017, the annual meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain will be held at on the campus of the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia) will give the Henry Sweet Lecture 2017 and Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania)will give the Linguistics Association Lecture 2017. There will also be a language tutorial in Huave (isolate, Mexico) by Yuni Kim (Manchester University), and a workshop on a topic to be confirmed as well as an associated summer school.  Further details are available via the conference website:

Special events

Henry Sweet Lecture 2017

Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia)

‘Variation in the semantics of tense and aspect: The view from the Pacific’

Linguistics Association Lecture 2017

Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania)

‘To 73 and Beyond: The Hidden Connections between Language and Number’

Workshop TBC

(organised by Laura Bailey)

Language Tutorial

There will be a Language Tutorial on Huave (isolate, Mexico) by Dr Yuni Kim (Manchester University)

LAGB Summer School 2017

The LAGB Summer School 2017 will provide postgraduate students (and other interested parties) with the opportunity to attend masterclasses in linguistics, receive training opportunities, meet linguists and socialise with other postgraduate students from across the UK. The one-day LAGB Summer School will take place on TBC. This event is co-organised by the LAGB Committee and the LAGB Student Committee.

Education Session

The LAGB Education Committee will run a special session at LAGB 2017 entitled ‘Grammar teaching across the curriculum’ focusing on grammar teaching across the curriculum at secondary school level in a national and international context. There will be talks by:

Sofie Ljungbo Jensen, Rungsted Gymnasium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ian Cushing, University of Nottingham
Jessica J Clapham, University of Bangor
Susan Chapman, University of Aberystwyth
Lise Fontaine, University of Cardiff

For further details see

Call for papers and themed sessions

The LAGB welcomes submissions on any topic in the field of linguistics. We particularly welcome papers from areas of linguistics that have not been well represented in previous meetings in order to capture the diversity of linguistics research currently undertaken in the UK and beyond.

All abstracts will be blind-peer-reviewed by an international committee of reviewers. Both members and non-members are invited to offer papers for the meeting.  The length for papers delivered at the LAGB 2016 meeting is 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ discussion).

The deadline for submissions is Saturday 1 April 2017. Notification of acceptance will be made in late May 2017.

Abstracts can be submitted to be included in the general sessions or as part of a themed session (see below).

Call for individual papers

Individual papers will be considered for presentation in the general session.

Abstracts must be no longer than two A4 pages with margins of at least 2.5cm on all sides. Only the first two pages of any abstract submitted will be considered – no appendices or separate pages for references can be accepted. If the formatting instructions are not followed the abstract may not be considered. You may use single spacing, with type no smaller than 12 points in Times New Roman font. **Please note that these specifications have changed compared with previous years.

Abstracts must be submitted anonymously and should include no indication of the author’s identity. The submitted files should be in PDF format. Any phonetic characters should either be embedded in the PDF file, or be in the Doulos SIL font, which can be downloaded for free from this site: Should your abstract be successful, you will be asked to submit a named version to be made available part of an online abstract booklet.

Call for themed sessions

As well as individual abstracts, we encourage groups of speakers to submit a set of abstracts for a themed session (or panel) on any linguistic subject of their choice. Such groups will normally take up a whole session of the programme. Sessions should ideally consist of five presentations (although sessions of three or six presentations will also be considered).

Themed sessions will run as parallel sessions of the conference. As with papers in the general session, the length for presentations delivered at LAGB 2017 will be 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes discussion).

The abstracts for themed sessions will be considered together, as a group. However, each paper will be judged on its own merits and may be accepted for presentation in the general session even if the themed session is not accepted as a whole.

Abstracts for themed sessions should be submitted individually – in the same format as stand alone papers – using Easychair to facilitate the anonymous review process. Abstracts must be no longer than two A4 pages with margins of at least 2.5cm on all sides using Times New Roman font. You may use single spacing, with type no smaller than 12 points.

Abstracts must be submitted individually by the author(s), but must be clearly marked as belonging to the themed session, with the title for the themed session provided at the top of the page.

Session convenors should also prepare a brief synopsis of the merits of the themed session they wish to hold at the LAGB. The synopsis should include the proposed title of the session, the name(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es) of the convenor(s) and speakers and the relevant references cited in the proposal. We particularly welcome sessions with more then one organiser, although one convenor should be identified as the principal contact. The synopsis should be a maximum of two A4 pages in length.

Completed proposals should not be submitted by EasyChair, but emailed to the President by Saturday 1 April 2017.

Bursaries for student members

At least five bursaries are available for student/unwaged presenters at LAGB 2017. These will be awarded on a meritocratic basis to the five (or more) most highly rated abstracts by students/unwaged members. Authors will be asked when submitting their abstract whether they wish to be considered for a bursary, and to indicate whether they are a student or unwaged. Students will also be asked to provide contact details of their main supervisor. There are two kinds of bursaries available:

Best Student Abstract Bursary

The Best Student Abstract Bursary is awarded to the student member whose abstract was rated highest by our international peer review committee. The award includes:
Free registration for the entire conference
Conference dinner
Up to £250 reimbursement of accommodation costs
Reimbursement for UK-internal travel costs to and from the conference

Presenter Bursaries

At least four Presenter Bursaries are available for student/unwaged members who have had an abstract selected for presentation at the conference. The awards include:
Free registration for the entire conference
Up to £50 expenses towards accommodation/subsistence
Reimbursement for UK-internal travel costs to and from the conference

How to submit an abstract

Each person is permitted to submit a maximum of one single-authored and one joint-authored paper, or two joint-authored papers. All abstracts should be submitted electronically using EasyChair, which can be accessed at the following address:

To be able to submit an abstract through the LAGB submission page you must use your existing EasyChair login details or sign up for an EasyChair account (at the link above). Once you have created an account/signed in:
Click on the ‘New Submission’ link at the top of the page;
Agree to the terms and conditions (if prompted);
Fill in the relevant information about the authors of the paper;
Provide the title of the presentation in the ‘Title’ box and repeat it in the ‘Abstract’ box (do not type or paste your abstract in this box);
Type three or more keywords into the ‘Keyword’ box (these will help us choose a suitable reviewer for your abstract);
Upload a PDF of your abstract by clicking on the ‘Choose file’ button (leaving the ‘Abstract only’ checkbox unchecked).
The deadline for submissions to is Saturday 1 April 2017.