ALS 2017 - Call for Papers

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This year’s Australian Linguistic Society 2017, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Society, welcomes submissions for oral presentations and poster presentations on any topic within the fields of general linguistics and sociolinguistics. Oral presentations are 20 min presentation + 10 min question time. Poster presentations allow authors to display and explain their A0-sized poster during a dedicated poster session.

The conference will be hosted by The University of Sydney (Camperdown) 4-7 December 2017. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Australian Linguistic Society, a reception will be hosted in the evening of the 4th December.


Abstract submissions due: 31 July 23.00 GMT
Acceptances notified: Early September

The following five workshops have been accepted for ALS 2017. Submission for workshops should be made directly to the workshop organizers as listed below. Authors who have not been accepted for a workshop are welcome to submit their abstract for the general sessions via Easychair before 31 July. Please contact the workshop organizers for any information on workshops submissions and schedule.

Workshop Organisers Submit to
TAM marking in languages of Australia and the Pacific J Bednall, A Krajinović & P Caudal 
Emotion metaphors in Australian languages: the role of the body M Ponsonnet
The language of poetry and song C Bracknell, S Morey & M Turpin
Talking the talkley: Popularising linguistics L Gawne
Lexical development in Australian language revival and maintenance J Giacon


All abstracts (workshops, talks and posters) - are due 31 July 2017 and will be anonymously reviewed. Papers rejected for a workshop will also be considered for the main ALS program.

Preparing your abstract:

  • Document format: Word (.doc or .docx) or pdf
  • Page Limits: 1 page of text (including title of paper) + 1 page of references, diagrams, figures, tables, example sentences; max of 500 words.
  • Font size: Font must be 12 point Times New Roman
  • Margins: 2cm margins on all margins
  • The abstract must be anonymous. It should not include author names, affiliation, or other identifying information. Be careful that your name and email are not automatically embedded by your word processor.

Submitting an abstract to the main ALS program:

Submissions to the ALS conference are done online via EasyChair. You must have an easychair account to submit an abstract. To create an easychair account go to

The conference submission link is

Once you are logged in select the ‘New submission’ tab. You will be asked to enter your author details, title, abstract and keywords in the text boxes. The system will ask you to select your preferred presentation type i.e. oral presentation or poster. We strongly encourage a poster submission if your dataset lends itself well to graphical presentation, in-depth personal discussion, or is a dataset of modest size. Posters will have a session on Day 2 of the conference. The system will also ask you to enter all author and institution information into an online form.

Please do not submit your abstract via email. If you require help, please email


For further information about ALS 2017 including accommodation options please see the conference website

All attendees must book their own accommodation directly. If you are in a position to book your accommodation at this point we recommend you do so, to obtain a good rate. Further information will soon be provided on the conference website.