SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

4th Linguistics Research Student Conference @ SOAS


Date: 10 June 2019Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 11 June 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Room: TBC

Type of Event: Conference

The Department of Linguistics at SOAS University of London, is pleased to announce its fourth Linguistics Research Student Conference, which will take place on 10-11 June, 2019. This year we will have a two-day conference, with a plenary speaker presenting on the first day and a workshop on the second day.  We are delighted to announce that the plenary speaker will be Dr Katia Chirkova (CRLAO, CNRS, Paris).

The workshop component will highlight the intersection of different fields within fieldwork. We will explore interdisciplinary techniques and approaches between anthropology and linguistics. Interdisciplinary research is becoming more and more appreciated, although it is not adequately addressed during postgraduate training and few people use interdisciplinary approaches. One of the questions the workshop will address is “Why is interdisciplinarity important and how has it affected your fieldwork/research?” We invite scholars from the fields of Linguistics and Anthropology to make individual presentations and then participate in a moderated discussion round table to debate these issues.

The conference and workshop are organised by postgraduate research students in the Department of Linguistics. We warmly welcome research students from all faculties and centres across the UK and beyond to participate.

Details of the Conference

The aim of the conference is to provide a venue for research students who are interested in languages, linguistics and ethnography to present their research, and to facilitate collaboration and communication among peers in related areas. As we are based at SOAS, we especially invite those whose research is involved with African, Asian, or Pacific languages and cultures, although we welcome those whose research is from other areas. We would especially like to invite scholars whose research focuses on indigenous languages and cultures, to mark 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

We invite contributions from any field of linguistics, including but not limited to:

  • theoretical linguistics
  • historical linguistics
  • anthropological linguistics
  • sociolinguistics
  • language pedagogy
  • language acquisition
  • translation theory and practice
  • corpus linguistics
  • language documentation and description
  • language support and revitalisation
  • computational linguistics

In addition, we also welcome contributions from the following fields:

  • ethnography
  • anthropology
  • musicology
  • history
  • other disciplines
Key dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  24 May 2019

Notification of acceptance: 27 May 2019

Registration deadline: 7 June 2019

Conference and workshop dates: 10-11 June 2019

Submission of Abstracts for the Conference and Workshop

Each presentation will be 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion.

Abstracts should be submitted as PDF documents by email to They should be formatted using 2.5cm margins and 12pt font, and should not exceed one page, including title, data, and examples. References may be attached on a second page. Each person is allowed to submit a single abstract for the conference or for the workshop, or two for both separately, including co-authored.

As all submissions will be reviewed anonymously, all author-specific information should not be included in the abstract.

In the subject line, write the author’s surname and abstract, e.g. ‘Lefevre abstract’.

In the body of the email, please include the following:

Title of Presentation
Contact Information
Preference for workshop or main conference presentation
Registration and Fees

The fee for the conference is as follows and includes lunch, tea/coffee and a drinks reception:

Monday only £5

Tuesday only £5

Both days £8

To register, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Local Organising Committee Members
  • Nahida Ahmed
  • Albert Badosa Roldós
  • Robert Laub
  • Eleanor Ridge
  • Meriem Sallemine
  • Tsering Samdrup
  • Miho Zlazli
  • Georgette Nummelin
  • Leonore Lukschy

Contact email: