Broadening the Horizons of Applied Linguistics

29–31 August 2019, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Our theme, Broadening the Horizons of Applied Linguistics, takes as its premise that applied linguistics underpins a vast range of disciplines. In 2019, we intend to encourage exploration of the role that applied linguistics plays in many walks of life.

We hope the conference theme will encourage proposals from a wide range of disciplines and that this in turn will encourage cross-disciplinary dissemination of ideas and research.

Plenary speakers:

Professor Julia Carroll
Centre for Advances in Behavioural Sciences, Coventry University

Professor Tim Grant
Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University

Professor Kate Pahl
Professor of Arts and Literacy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Adrian Holliday
Professor of Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Education,
Christ Church University Canterbury

(Pit Corder lecture)

Call for Papers:

Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics. They should be interesting and innovative in some way, and should be of scholarly and academically good quality and indicate clearly objectives, method(s), and results where appropriate. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 31 March 2019

Maximum abstract length: 300 words

To submit your abstract please use Oxford Abstracts

If you haven’t used this system before please register first. All submissions must be submitted on-line. If you have any queries please contact

Abstract type:

Indicate the type of abstract that you are submitting during the submission process: individual presentation for parallel sessions or a SIG track, poster, or colloquium.

Individual presentation for the parallel sessions

Individual papers have 25 minutes: 20 for the presentation, 5 for questions.

Individual presentation for a Special Interest Group (SIG) track

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 thirteen Special Interest Groups. They are: (1) Corpus Linguistics; (2) Health and Science Communication; (3) Intercultural Communication; (4) Language, Gender and Sexuality; (5) Language and New media; (6) Language in Africa; (7) Language Learning and Teaching; (8) Language Policy; (9) Linguistic Ethnography; (10) Linguistics and Knowledge about Language in Education; (11) Professional, Academic and Work-based Literacies (PAWBL); (12) Testing, Evaluation and Assessment; (13) Vocabulary Studies.

Proposed colloquium

We invite colloquia on particular themes which have relevance to the conference. 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. An abstract for the colloquium introduction is required along with abstracts for each paper within the colloquium (300 words per abstract). Please state explicitly in the abstract text to say that it’s part of a colloquium (with colloquium title).


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.


During the abstract submission process, you will be asked to indicate whether you want to apply for a scholarship. If so, we will send the scholarship application forms to you by email. Each candidate will also be required to provide two full references plus a list of other conferences they have attended and any other grants/scholarships that they have received for their studies.

BAAL offers 4-5 full conference scholarships (for students or early career researchers, with the latter defined as being within 2 years of PhD completion). Monies from a special ring-fenced fund, contributed by donors, will pay for the additional ‘Chris Brumfit scholarship’ for up to £1,000, which is usually targeted at delegates from outside Britain who would not otherwise have funds to do so to attend the BAAL Annual Meeting.

The scholarships will help towards the cost of the conference fee, onsite accommodation for the duration of the conference (where accommodation is graded, the fund will only cover the cost of the cheapest option) and within UK travel (for student/ ECR scholarship), subject to fair use (e.g. no first class travels/taxi journeys).

All presenters have to be BAAL members by the time they register for the conference.

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