Call for papers

Taking stock of Applied Linguistics – Where are we now?

At the time of the Annual Meeting of BAAL in 2016 we will be one and a half decades into the new millennium. The new millennium brought many trends and changes in applied linguistics, for example the increasing use of interdisciplinary approaches in the field, interest in corpus-based studies, the use of new media as data sources and as new environments of communication – which in turn developed new ways of communicating and influenced language. At the same time, processes that have started in the old millennium are continuing to develop and influence the field, such as globalisation, migration and its implications on how languages are used. Looking at the past and present, and understanding the developments of the field, will enable us to move confidently into the future, and to continue to make valuable contributions to society.

Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines

Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics and should present original research. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.


To submit your abstract:

Please visit: to submit your abstract. On the abstract submission page, log in to the submission system and start the submission process. An e-mail confirmation of receipt of abstract will be sent to you immediately. Your contact details will be included in the book of abstracts unless you opt out during the submission process.


Text 300 words maximum (including references, if any). Do not use any special fonts, such as bold print or caps. Do NOT add tables, photos, or diagrams to your abstract. Do NOT indent your paragraphs, leave one space between paragraphs instead.

Type of presentation Details
Individual presentation for parallel sessions Individual papers have 25 minutes:

• 20 minutes for the presentation • 5 minutes for questions

Special Interest Group (SIG) track presentation If you believe your paper is of interest to a SIG track, you may want to submit it to one of the SIG tracks (all individuals, whether or not officially SIG members, are eligible). The SIG may then wish to include your paper in a track at the annual meeting. Submitting your abstract to a SIG track may or may not lead to your paper being included in a SIG track and has no impact on abstract acceptance to the conference. BAAL has eleven Special Interest Groups. They are:

·         Corpus Linguistics

·         Health & Science Communication

·         Intercultural Communication

·         Language, Gender and Sexuality

·         Language and New Media

·         Language in Africa

·         Language Learning & Teaching

·         Linguistic Ethnography Forum

·         LKALE (Linguistics and knowledge about language in education)

·         Testing, Evaluation and Assessment

·         Vocabulary Studies

Poster We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts for posters. We aim to raise the profile of posters at our conference since we value them as equal to other forms of presentation, and we believe that they tend to receive more feedback than individual papers. All posters will be listed in the book of abstracts, and there will be a dedicated area and time slot for discussion of poster presentations. There will also be a £50 prize for best poster displayed at the conference.
Colloquium presentation Colloquium introduction and individual papers within the colloquium must be submitted separately, due to technical constraints. The organiser of the colloquium should first submit colloquium title and introduction along with an overview of paper titles in the colloquium (max 450 words). The paper abstracts of the colloquium should then be submitted by the organiser one by one, entitled “Paper X of colloquium title: paper title” followed by the abstract (max 300 words per abstract). Colloquia have half a day and a minimum of four papers. Colloquia proposers should plan their half day in four slots, in step with the individual paper slots. If they wish to have a larger number of papers, they may fit two papers into what would normally be a single slot. Colloquia papers should cohere. The order of the papers should not be changed after acceptance.

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