Call for Papers

The 15th annual Lancaster Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference will be held on
the 23rd-24th July 2021. The theme is Linguistics in a Digital World.

MA and PhD students are invited to submit abstracts on linguistic research, in particular those that study
digital data or use digital methods. The following panels have been proposed and you may address your
abstract to any one of these. If your abstract does not fit one, please submit it anyway; we are happy to
consider abstracts on topics not listed below.

• Cognitive Linguistics
• Corpora and Language Acquisition
• Corpora and Psycholinguistics
• Critical Discourse Studies & Multimodality
• Digital Approaches to Historical Language
• Discourse and Social Media
• Discourses of Health
• Literacy as Social Practice

Abstract submission deadline: Now closed

Word limit for submissions: 300 words exl. references


When submitting an abstract, you may choose to apply for a poster presentation or a longer talk.
Posters are to be created in PowerPoint and submitted with a short video (max. 3 mins.) by
the 16th July. Details on how to submit your presentation and video will be shared with acceptance

A talk is 20 minutes long and can be given live or pre-recorded. A live Q&A session of 5-10 sessions with the
presenter will follow the talk, whether it is live or pre-recorded. Anyone who has an abstract accepted for a
talk can choose between live and pre-recorded. If the latter is selected, the recording should be
submitted by the 16th July according to instructions provided with acceptance notice.

Proposal Format

Abstracts should be submitted through the designated form. All submissions should include a title and a full abstract. Please note the following word limits for submissions:

Title: 20 Words
Abstract: 300 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

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.

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 Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference. This is a peer-reviewed, open-access online publication featuring full papers from the annual Lancaster Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference. For previous years’ publications please visit the Papers from LAEL PG.