Call for papers 

We invite abstracts for papers for presentation at the Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society held at The Australian National University from 26 until 29 November 2024. The conference will be held in person. We welcome papers on all aspects of linguistics. 

Confirmed keynotes:

Professor David Britain, University of Bern

Professor Virginia Yip, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Please submit an abstract of your paper, maximum one A4 page of text, including title. The abstract may also include an additional A4 page of examples, figures, tables and references. Each abstract should be in a single file in PDF (*.pdf) format, in 12-point font with 2cm on all margins. On the additional page, 10-point font may be used. The abstract must be anonymous and should not include any author names or affiliations. Abstracts should be submitted online via the ALS 2024 EasyChair website (if you don’t have an EasyChair account you will have to create one): 

Deadline for abstracts: 17 June 2024

Notification of acceptance: 22 July 2024

As part of the EasyChair online submission form, you will be asked to supply author name(s) and affiliation(s), keywords and presentation title. You will also be asked to select one indicative primary field of linguistics from the choices given. The primary field will be used to assign your abstract to the appropriate Area Chair. You will also have the chance to indicate whether you’d like to submit your abstract to one of the themed sessions (see below). All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously with feedback given to the author(s). Abstracts for themed sessions that are of sufficient quality but cannot be fit into the session by the session organisers will be included in the general program.

Abstract Review Criteria 

Each abstract will undergo a double-blind review. The reviewers will consider the degree to which each abstract:

  • situates the study within its research context and demonstrates a clear theoretical, methodological and/or practical contribution to the field;
  • coherently articulates its topic and objectives;
  • outlines the data being analysed; and
  • is of potential interest to an ALS audience

Thematic Sessions

  • Annual Linguistics in the School Curriculum SIG (Iain Giblin, Clarence Green)
  • Conversation Analysis and Linguistics: Australian Perspectives (Ashleigh Jones, Ben Ong)
  • Current themes in gesture, sign and embodied language research (Anna Margetts, Lucien Brown, Jill Vaughan)
  • Language learning through song (Myfany Turpin, Clint Bracknell, Jesse Hodgetts)
  • Law-and-Linguistics Research: Language, Diversity and Inclusion in Law (Alexandra Grey, Joseph van Buuren, Emma Genovese)
  • Linguistics Undergraduate Teaching (Lauren Gawne, Jill Vaughan, Rosey Billington, Ksenia Gnevsheva, Jess Kruk)
  • Marginal structures: multiple perspectives (Manuel Delicado Cantero, Zhengdao Ye)
  • The Wealth of Resources on Migrant Languages in Australia (Jaime Hunt, Victoria Oliha, Heike Wiese)
  • Transcription Theory and Practice (Helen Fraser, Eleanor Kettle)
  • Walking between two worlds - opportunities and challenges for Indigenous linguists (Alison Mount, Lauren Reed)

Further Information

For further information and updates please see the ALS website or send an email to the ALS2024 Conference team:

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