“Vocabulary development and use across diverse contexts”

Annual Conference of the BAAL Vocabulary Studies SIG 2018

Hosted by the Centre for Applied Linguistics and the Department of Culture, Communication, and Media at the UCL Institute of Education

Dates: Monday 9th July, 2018, 13.00-18.30 and

Tuesday 10th July, 2018, 09.00-17.00

Location: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL, London

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

  • Professor Victoria Murphy, University of Oxford
  • Professor Pauline Foster, St Mary’s University

The theme of this year’s conference will provide a forum for discussion of vocabulary research across diverse contexts. It will allow participants to discuss and reflect on how vocabulary development and use differs across various contexts and with learners and users of differing characteristics. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to foster fruitful discussions about the present and future of vocabulary studies.

We invite abstracts for paper and poster presentations on any topic related to the teaching, learning, processing, and assessment of vocabulary (e.g. corpus linguistic approaches to the study of vocabulary; classroom-based research on the learning and teaching of vocabulary; formulaic language; psycholinguistic studies on the processing of vocabulary; vocabulary assessment, etc.). We particularly welcome abstracts based on empirical data.  

We welcome proposals for: a) Paper presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions); b) and poster proposals. A title and a 300-word abstract should be submitted to baalvocabsig@hotmail.com by the 22nd of April 2018. Please specify if your submission is for a poster or paper presentation and do not add tables or diagrams in the abstract submission.

Important dates:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 22nd April 2018

Results communicated: 15th May 2018

Registration starts: 21st May 2018

Registration deadline: 15th June 2018 

Conference fees (including refreshments and lunch):


Conference fees

Non-BAAL Member


BAAL Member




BAAL Member Students


  • The above price covers attendance on both days, Tuesday lunch, teas/coffees both days.
  • There will also be an optional conference dinner on Monday the 9th July.

More information about registration and travel arrangements will be available at https://baalvocabsig.wordpress.com/ in due course.

If you have any questions, contact us at baalvocabsig@hotmail.com  

We are looking forward to welcoming you in London!

Conference organizers:

Ana Pellicer-Sánchez (a.pellicer-sanchez@ucl.ac.uk)

Veronica Garcia-Castro (vgc505@york.ac.uk)

Yixin Wang-Taylor (baalvocabsig@hotmail.com)

Michael Daller (m.daller@reading.ac.uk)