The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) is a non-profit non-governmental organization. It is not tied to any particular national interests and is therefore the natural home for linguists who think European.

What is the SLE?

  • SLE is the only continental professional organization of linguists and, besides the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes, the only international linguistic association.
  • SLE is a democratically constituted organization. The Executive Committee, including the President, the Secretary and the Treasurer, are responsible to the Annual Members Meeting, which takes place at the annual conferences. If you want to engage in SLE activities, you are welcome as a candidate for an office.
  • SLE Annual Meetings are professionally organized high-quality conferences that cover all of linguistics. They are the events of choice if you want to be updated on current work in different subdisciplines and in different countries. The conferences are held at renowned universities all over Europe, every year in another country.

Why join the Societas Linguistica Europaea?

As a member, you are welcome at our annual SLE meeting, which over the last decade has become one of the key gatherings for linguists.

As a member you are entitled to your annual copies of Folia Linguistica and Folia Linguistica Historica, two refereed linguistic journals of internationally recognized standing. Folia Linguistica and Folia Linguistica Historica publish, first and foremost, articles by SLE members.

As a member you receive our Newsletters, with updates on the linguists’ community and the dynamic field of linguistics.

Ready to join?

To become a member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, and to pay your membership fees online, simply begin by filling in the on-line application form for SLE membership. This will take you to our secure server site, where you can enter your credit or debit card details. Alternatively, you may pay by bank transfer. Upon receipt of your payment, your membership becomes operative, and you are instantly entitled to all the rights of a member.

Existing members

Existing members may renew their subscription online by credit card or by completion and return of the membership renewal form. To renew your membership please login to the Members’ Area.

Standard Membership

The standard membership fee is €30. Members who pay three years in advance may apply the reduced rate of €75

Student and Retired Membership

The membership fee for MA-students, Phd students without a salary and retired colleagues is €15.

Reduced Rate Membership

There is a reduced rate for members from economically challenged countries of €10. Currently, these countries are: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, PR China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, and a series of other countries. If you suspect your country should be on this list, please contact the Secretary at