57th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
21-24 August 2024
University of Helsinki
The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) and the University of Helsinki are pleased to announce the 57th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2024), to be held in Helsinki, 21-24 August 2024.
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 2024. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given by 31 March 2024.
Call for Papers
- Eva Schultze-Berndt (University of Manchester) Presidential address
- Brigitte Pakendorf (DRCE, CNRS)
- Sandra Auderset (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology), winner of the Best Postdoc paper at SLE 2023
- Víctor Royo Viñuales (Université de Liège – Université catholique de Louvain), winner of the Best PhD paper at SLE 2023.
Round Table “Decolonization and linguistics – opportunities and challenges”
moderator Eeva Sippola (University of Helsinki)
A short description of the round table will be available in advance on the SLE website. We encourage all SLE members to submit their questions, comments, points for discussion prior to the meeting by emailing the moderator of the round table, Eeva Sippola (eeva.sippolaAThelsinki.fi) or the conference manager (sle.cmATkuleuven.be).
Workshop proposals: submission guidelines
Workshops will be organized in 30 minute slots (20 min. presentation, 5 min. discussion, 5 min. room change). Workshops will contain minimum 10 slots. Each workshop comprises:
- an introductory paper by the convenor(s) or by a keynote speaker, which summarizes previous research, specifies the approach(es) to be taken and sets the scope of the papers to be presented.
- eight or more papers.
- a slot for a final discussion on the topics covered by the papers, methodological issues and questions for future research.
Further details can be discussed with the SLE Conference Manager (sle.cmATkuleuven.be).
Workshop proposals must contain:
- five keywords
- a description of the topic and research questions (between 900 and 1100 words, excluding references and glosses).
- a (provisional) list of workshop participants and their provisional abstracts (max. 300 words per abstract); at least 8 abstracts; it is advised to submit 2-3 more; please notice that all abstracts will be later reviewed by SLE Programme Committee.
Workshop convenors are encouraged to announce their proposal on the conference website (via the conference manager email@example.com) and on the Linguist List as a session of SLE 2024 (for detailed instructions how to do this, see below), as well as other fora in the linguistic area of the workshop.
How to announce a Workshop on the Linguist List:
Go to linguistlist.org and select: “Conferences” > “Submit conference info” > step 1: select August 2024 > submit > step 2: select “57th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea” > at step 3: Enter information, go to Session information and click on “Add session”. Fill in the required fields, upload your proposal by clicking on “Add session call” and submit. Linguist List session calls are limited to 3,800 characters (all included).
ATTENTION: Workshop proposals must be submitted as one file in pdf and sent to the chair of SLE workshops Frans Hinskens (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to the conference manager (email@example.com) by 20 November 2023. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be by 15 December 2023. After a workshop proposal has been accepted, the convenors will be requested to invite all preliminary workshop participants to submit their full abstracts in EasyChair before 15 January 2024. The link for workshop abstract submission will be available in the Third Call for Papers (published by 15 December). Accepted workshop proposals will be published on the conference webpage. Other authors interested in the workshop may submit their papers to the workshop at the conference general call. Finally, all abstracts submitted to the workshop in EasyChair will be reviewed individually by the Programme Committee and the workshop convenors.
General session papers and posters
The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2024. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2024.
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, or 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, allowing 5 min. for discussion and 5 min. for speaker and room changes.
Abstracts are submitted via EasyChair within the SLE Members’ Area: https://societaslinguistica.eu/members/login/ 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. Please notice that SLE 2024 is on-site conference. For the convenience of SLE members, the plenary sessions will be streamed. The general session talks will take place on-site. The workshop convenors may opt for a self-supported hybrid format (which means they will themselves be responsible for arranging and running the remote connections).
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 2024 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.
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 2023):
- 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 2021 for the SLE 2024 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 are also awarded a 20+5 mins. plenary talk at SLE 2025 (Bordeaux). The 2nd and 3rd prizes will receive a three-year SLE membership.
- 20 November 2023: workshop proposals submission deadline
- 15 December 2023: notification of workshop acceptance
- 15 January 2024: deadline for submission of all abstracts
- 31 March 2024: notification of paper acceptance
- 1 April 2024: early bird registration starts
- 1 May 2024: full fee registration starts
- 31 May 2024: closing registration date for participants with a paper
- 31 July 2024: 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 2024. 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.
There will be a welcome reception on Wednesday evening (included in the registration fee), a walking tour in Helsinki’s historical city centre combined with a reception in the City Hall on Thursday (included in the registration fee) and a conference dinner and party on Friday evening (not included in the conference fee). On Saturday afternoon and on Sunday, there will be a number of activities.