Call for Papers

Call for Papers

We cordially invite abstracts for presentation at the 2019 Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching. Proposals are invited for individual papers. As this is a postgraduate conference, we are only able to accept abstracts from current postgraduate students and will not consider abstracts from those individuals who have already received their doctoral award.

Submission Guidelines

Individual papers are formal presentations on an original contribution to the field by one or more speakers. Each presentation will be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Each individual paper presentation will be grouped with other presentations to be part of a longer session based on theme. All submissions will be blind peer-reviewed. We welcome submissions on the following strands:

Corpus Linguistics
Critical Discourse Studies
Language and Cognition
Language Pedagogy
Literacy Studies (Reading, Writing, & Literature)
Multimodality/Visual Analysis/Semiotics
Research Methodology
Second Language Acquisition/Language Acquisition

We are also happy to accept and consider abstracts on other topics not listed above.

Proposal Format

Abstracts should be submitted through the designated website. All submissions should include a title, a full abstract, and a shortened summary of the abstract. The summary is a more concise statement of what will be learned in the presentation. Summaries will be used in the program book to describe each individual presentation. Please note the following word limits for submissions:

Title: 20 Words
Abstract: 300 Words
Summary: 50 Words

Evaluation of Proposals

Upon receipt by the organising committee, all submitted abstracts will be stripped of identifying markers (name, university, etc.) and sent to a team of peer reviewers. When reviewing abstracts, the team will take into account the following:

  • Relevance and significance of topic/issue
  • Originality of research
  • Organization and clarity of presentation
  • Research design and/or conceptual framework

Deadline for submission: NOW CLOSED

Notification of acceptance: Friday, 19 April

Registration: NOW CLOSED

  • Conference Fee: £30 
    • covers all sessions, conference materials, coffee/tea breaks and lunch during the conference
  • Closes: Friday, 24 May

Sample Submission

Paper Title: Cultural minority or disabled people? Determining the social representation of d/Deafness through discursive analysis

Abstract: Well established in the history of Deaf studies is the existence of two opposing perspectives of d/Deaf people, widely known as the cultural view and the medical view (Lane, 1995, 1999; Lane, Hoffmeister & Bahan, 1996). These perspectives, born from a sociological foundation, discuss society’s understanding of d/Deafness, be that as a cultural and linguistic minority or as pathology. Although these perspectives are quite well contested in society, both by the Deaf community and medical professionals, there has been little to no attention paid to the linguistic realizations of such ideologies. This study aims to fill that gap by engaging in a robust research design in order to discover the very intricacies of those realizations. It presumes that a difference in reference term (d/Deaf vs. hearing-impaired) can spark a particular discourse, one that serves the agenda of the ideology within which it is grounded. I argue that a multi-layered discourse analysis fixed in the tradition of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) (Halliday, 1985; 1994; 2014) will reveal the ways in which these ideologies are nestled in discourse. Investigating the ideational and interpersonal metafunctions through a series of methods, such as transitivity (Halliday, 2014; Thompson, 2004), social actor representation (van Leeuwen, 1996), appraisal (Martin, 1999; Martin & White, 2005), as well as through a corpus analysis, will provide insight as to how these ideologies are woven into discourse to build a particular reality of d/Deaf people and how such a reality, or representation in this case, is evaluated and negotiated through discourse. My claim is that these analytical tools are the way in which linguistic realizations of ideologies concerning d/Deaf people can be parsed out and explained, in a CDA (Fairclough, 1989, 1992) sense, bringing to light the discursive mechanisms used to represent d/Deaf people as a cultural minority or disabled people.

Summary: Existing ideologies of d/Deaf people are investigated in a linguistic study that seeks to understand the discursive representations of d/Deaf people and how said representations are evaluated and negotiated. The presenter details a research design containing the discourse analytical approaches necessary to reveal how these ideologies are operationalized in language.

Further Guidance

For further guidance on writing abstracts, Kayla Heglas & Shungo Suzuki, both from LAEL at Lancaster University, have kindly shared their experiences and advice here:

Publication Guidelines

Speakers will also be invited to submit their papers for publication in Papers from the Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching. This is a peer-reviewed, open-access online publication featuring full papers from the annual Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching. For previous years’ publications please visit the Papers from LAEL PG.