Please see below for the call for papers for the BAAL Vocabulary Studies SIG Annual Conference taking place on April 25th and 26th 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University.  The deadline for abstract submission is February 15th 2019. Further details are included below.

Best wishes,

Roopa Leonard

University of Reading

Secretary of BAAL Vocab SIG

On behalf of BAAL Vocab SIG Committee



“Exploring vocabulary development and use from multiple perspectives”

Annual Conference of the BAAL Vocabulary Studies SIG 2019

 Hosted by the Department of Languages, Information, and Communications at the Manchester Metropolitan University

Dates: Thursday 25th April, 2019, 12.30-18.00 and Friday 26th April, 2019, 09.00-17.00

 Location: Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond Street West, M15 6EB, Manchester

 Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

  • Professor Emerita Birgit Henriksen, University of Copenhagen
  • Associate Professor Kathy Conklin, University of Nottingham

The aim of this year’s annual Vocabulary Studies SIG Conference is to bring together vocabulary researchers who approach the study of vocabulary from multiple perspectives.  The conference will be an excellent opportunity to foster fruitful discussions about the multifaceted nature of vocabulary and to engage with present and future vocabulary research avenues.

We welcome abstracts for paper and poster presentations on any topic related to the teaching, learning, processing, use, 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) and b) and poster proposals. A title and a 300-word abstract should be submitted to by the 15th of February 2019. 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: 15th February 2019

Results communicated: 25th February 2019

Registration starts: 26th February 2019

Registration deadline: 26th March 2019

 Conference fees (including refreshments and lunch):


Conference fees

Non-BAAL Member


BAAL Member




BAAL Member Students


  • The above price covers attendance on both days, Friday lunch, and teas/coffees both days.
  • There will also be an optional conference dinner on Thursday the 25th April.

More information about registration and travel arrangements will be available at in due course.

If you have any questions, contact us at  

 We are looking forward to welcoming you in Manchester!

Local organiser:

Marijana Macis, Manchester Metropolitan University

Conference organizers:

Convenor: Ana Pellicer-Sánchez, UCL Institute of Education

Secretary: Roopa Leonard, University of Reading

Treasurer: Pawel Szudarski, University of Nottingham

Web Editor: Veronica Garcia-Castro, University of York