Call for papers

We are inviting proposals for presentations at EuroSLA 31 to be held in Fribourg/Freiburg, Switzerland, August 24-27, 2022. We welcome submissions in all areas and approaches to the study of second, foreign, or additional languages.

Academic program

The academic program will include presentations by the participants as well as four invited keynote speakers:

  • Sible Andringa, University of Amsterdam
  • Aline Godfroid, Michigan State University
  • Elke Peters, KU Leuven
  • Rachel Shively, Illinois State University

Doctoral workshop & Language Learning Roundtable

The conference will also offer a doctoral student workshop and a Language Learning Roundtable on the topic "Corpora as resource for second language research and teaching. Opportunities and challenges" (pending approval by Language Learning Journal).

Types of presentations

Individual papersLength of presentation: 20 minutes followed by 5 minutes for Q&A.
ColloquiaA maximum of three colloquia will be accepted. Each colloquium may contain three to five thematically related papers (the colloquium is therefore either 90, 120 or 150 minutes long, depending on the number of papers). 

The colloquium convener must submit a colloquium abstract that should describe the overall topic of the colloquium. This will be used by reviewers to assess the range and coherence of the papers. However, in addition to the colloquium abstract, colloquium presenters must submit their individual papers (that are part of the colloquium). They must mark them as part of a given colloquium by clearly indicating the general title of the colloquium.

The 120- and 150-minutes colloquia may reserve time for a discussant. This would, however, reduce the number of papers as follows:

  • 120-minutes colloquium: 3 papers + discussant + discussion.
  • 150-minutes colloquium: 4 papers + discussant + discussion.

The discussant has to be named in the colloquium abstract, have at least a PhD, must have an academic affiliation and must participate in the conference.

Please note that a colloquium is only accepted if at least 3 of the papers that are part of the colloquium are accepted. If the colloquium as a whole is rejected, individual papers may still be accepted as individual papers in parallel sessions. 


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Papers at the doctoral student workshop

Length of presentation: 15 minutes of talk by the doctoral student, followed by 15 minutes for discussion. Doctoral students may (but are not obliged to) suggest a discussant of their choice, who, however, must participate in the conference.

The doctoral student workshop aims at fostering discussions of ongoing PhD research, as well as at obtaining feedback from senior researchers and other doctoral students. These workshops provide an opportunity for PhD students to present and discuss their work (15 minutes) and explore future directions (15 minutes). Doctoral students whose abstracts are accepted are required to send their abstract, presentation, and a limited number of specific questions to the senior discussant ahead of the conference. The discussant will lead a 15-minute feedback/discussion session of the PhD work.

Junior Researcher LAB awardAll papers accepted for doctoral workshops will be eligible for the Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism award for the most promising PhD project. Submissions for the LAB award need to be sent by e-mail to no later than two weeks before the doctoral workshop at EuroSLA 31. Before applying, please read carefully the detailed information on how to apply: JJunior Researcher LAB award_2022_info.pdf.

Abstract submission information

The submission of presentation proposals opens on November 17, 2021, and closes on January 31, 2022.

The proposals for all presentations will be evaluated anonymously by at least three members of the EuroSLA 31 Scientific Committee. Evaluation criteria include:

  • quality of the content
  • clarity of the abstract
  • contribution to the field
  • thematic relevance

For colloquia, two additional assessment criteria apply:

  • range of the papers
  • coherence of the papers

Please note: doctoral students submitting abstracts for doctoral workshops must include some specific questions for the discussants.

Notification of acceptance will be communicated by April 2022.

Length of abstracts

Individual papers, papers at the doctoral student workshop, or posters: max. 500 words including references.

Colloquium, general abstract: a maximum of 400 words including references.

Language policy

The working language of the conference is English, but presentations are also welcome in other European languages.

Presenter policy

Each participant can appear as the first author (and presenter) of one presentation only, regardless of whether this is a paper in the doctoral workshop or the conference proper. A colloquium convener can also present at the colloquium or elsewhere in the program.

Student stipends

As in previous years, several student stipends will be available for doctoral students. If you wish to apply, please send the following information to before January 31, 2022:

  • Name, institution, and address of institution,
  • Official confirmation of PhD student status,
  • Statement from supervisor or Head of department that the applicant's institution cannot (fully) cover the conference-related expenses.

Please note that applicants who have already received such a stipend in the past are not eligible to re-apply.


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