Third Call for Papers

56th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
29 August – 1 September 2023
Under the aegis of the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

SLE meetings provide a forum for high-quality linguistic research from all (sub)domains of linguistics. The upcoming edition of the SLE meeting will also host a round table of experts to discuss topics of special linguistic interest.

The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2023. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given by 31 March 2023.

Plenary Speakers

  • Arie Verhagen  (University of Leiden) Presidential address
  • Dag Haug (University of Oslo)
  • Lena Borise (Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics), winner of the Best Postdoc paper at SLE 2021
  • Tammy Ganster (Universität Trier). winner of the Best PhD paper at SLE 2022.

ROUND TABLE: “The Study of Language Change in the 21st Century: Theories and Tools”

Michela Cennamo (University of Naples)

Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University)

Mirjam Fried (Charles University, Prague)

Call for Papers

Workshop papers, general session papers and posters

The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2023.

Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2023.

The list of workshops accepted for SLE 2023 can be found here.

Abstracts should clearly state the research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. They should not contain the names of the presenters, nor their affiliations or addresses, nor any other information that could reveal their authorship. They should not exceed 500 words (including examples, excluding references). Abstracts should have the same title as the entry submitted via EasyChair. Some guidelines about how to write a good abstract can be found under the tab “How to write a good abstract”.

Presentations will last 20 minutes, with 5 min. for discussion, and 5 min. for speaker and room changes.

Please keep in mind that SLE is a members’ association run by and for members. Hence, the person submitting an abstract has to be an SLE member. Abstracts are submitted via EasyChair within the SLE Members’ Area:

SUBMITTING MULTIPLE PAPERS. In order to guarantee diversity, one person may be the first author of only one submission of any kind (workshop paper, general session paper, poster, or workshop proposal); nobody is allowed to present or co-present more than two papers at an SLE conference (including workshops). You can co-author more than two papers but you cannot figure among the co-presenters at the conference (i.e. if you co-author more than two papers, you will have to play a background role).

Presenting a poster

The SLE 2023 meeting will have one or two poster sessions for both senior and junior researchers. In order to foster interaction, all other sessions will be suspended during the poster session. Posters will be displayed in a gathering area and may remain available during the rest of the conference. The maximum size of the poster is usually 1.20 m (vertical) x 1 m (horizontal). For more information about how to make a good poster, click here.

Reviewing procedure

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by three referees. Workshop abstracts receive two evaluations by Programme Committee members and one by the workshop convenors. Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by three members of the Programme Committee. The threshold for acceptance is the same for general session papers, posters and workshop papers.

Prize for the best presentation and the best poster

At SLE conferences there are prizes for the following categories (see Award winners 2022):

  • best oral presentation by a PhD student,
  • best oral presentation by a postdoc, and
  • best poster.

Applicants can mark their option for each of the award categories in EasyChair upon abstract submission.


PhD students should not have completed their PhD before the conference. Postdocs should have completed their PhD not earlier than three years before the year of the conference (for example 2020 for the SLE 2023 conference). All posters will be eligible for the best poster prize.

A shortlisted paper may be co-authored. Co-authored papers in categories i) and ii) above should be presented at the conference by the nominee, who will also have to be the first author of the paper.


The first prize in each of the three categories is 500 Euros. The winners of the first prizes in the PhD and Postdoc categories in 2023 are also awarded a 20+5 mins. plenary talk at SLE 2024 (Helsinki). The 2nd and 3rd prizes will receive a three-year SLE membership.

Important dates

  • 20 November 2022: workshop proposals submission deadline
  • 15 December 2022: notification of workshop acceptance
  • 15 January 2023: deadline for submission of all abstracts
  • 31 March 2023: notification of paper acceptance
  • 1 April 2023: early bird registration starts
  • 1 May 2023: full fee registration starts
  • 31 May 2023: closing registration date for participants with a paper
  • 31 July 2023: closing registration date for participants without a paper, and for co-authors of papers where at least one author has already registered.

Please note that papers for which none of the authors has registered by 31 May will not be scheduled. The schedule will be published online in June after the registration deadline. The schedule will then be modified only in the event of cancellations.


Registration will open on 1 April 2023. SLE meetings are member-only conferences. That is, all participants will have to be or become members of the Societas Linguistica Europaea to be able to register.

Social programme

There will be a welcome reception (included in the registration fee), a guided walking tour in Athens’ historical city centre (included in the registration fee) and a conference dinner and party (not included in the conference fee). On Friday afternoon and on Saturday, there will be a number of activities to choose from, including excursions to the Acropolis Museum, Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, Argolis [Mycenae, Nafplio and Epidaurus], and Delphi, a Corinth Canal crossing combined with swimming and lunch, and a one-day cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina (these activities are not included in the registration fee).

How to get to Athens

The basic information on travelling to and around Athens can be found on Athen’s website.

Venue of the conference

All the activities of the Athens SLE meeting will be held at the Aula, School of Philosophy, University Campus, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in the dictrict of Zografou. The campus is located near the forest, away from the city noise, yet is easy to reach.


  • Chair of the local organising committee: Nikolaos Lavidas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens),