52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

21st – 24th August 2019

Leipzig University


The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) and Leipzig University are pleased to announce the “52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2019)”, to be held in Leipzig, 21st – 24th August 2019, and would like to invite you to submit workshop proposals for the conference.


SLE meetings provide a forum for high-quality linguistic research from all (sub)domains of linguistics. The upcoming edition of the SLE meeting will also host a round table of experts to discuss topics of special linguistic interest. The SLE 2019 round table bears the title “How can we make reviewing in linguistics a happier experience?”


The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2019. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be by 31 March 2019.



  • Mira Ariel (Tel Aviv University), Presidential address
  • Martine Robbeets (MPI-SHH Jena)
  • Karolina Grzech (Stockholm University), winner of the Best Postdoc paper, and Stefano De Pascale (KU Leuven), winner of the Best PhD paper at SLE 2018 Tallinn.


ROUND TABLE How can we make reviewing in linguistics a happier experience?



WORKSHOP PAPERS, GENERAL SESSION PAPERS, AND POSTERS. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2019. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2019.


The list of workshops accepted for SLE 2019 can be found here.


The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2019. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2019.


Abstracts are submitted via Easychair. Some guidelines about how to submit your paper can be found here. To submit your abstract, please click on the link below.

>>> Easychair submission link.

Abstracts should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. They should not contain the names of the presenters, nor their affiliations or addresses, or any other information that may reveal their authorship. They should not exceed 500 words (including examples, excluding references). Abstracts should have the same title as the entry submitted via Easychair. Some guidelines about how to write a good abstract can be found in the tab “How to write a good abstract”.


SUBMITTING MULTIPLE PAPERS. In order to guarantee diversity, one person may be the first author of only one submission of any kind (workshop paper, general session paper, poster, or workshop proposal); nobody is allowed to present or co-present more than two papers at an SLE conference (including workshop). You can co-author more than two papers but you cannot figure among the co-presenters at the conference (i.e. if you co-author more than two papers, you will have to play a background role).


Presentations will last 20 minutes, allowing 5 min. for discussion, 5 min. for speaker and changes.



The SLE 2019 meeting will have one or two poster sessions for both senior and junior researchers. In order to foster interaction, all other sessions will be suspended during the poster session and will be displayed in a gathering area. Posters may remain available during the rest of the conference. The maximum size of the poster is 1.20 m (vertical) x 1 m (horizontal). For more information about how to make a good poster, click here.



Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by three referees. Workshop abstracts receive two evaluations by Programme Committee members and one by the workshop convenors. Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by three members of the Programme Committee. The threshold for acceptance is the same for general session papers, posters and workshop papers.



At SLE conferences there are prizes for the following categories (see SLE 2018 awards):

  • best oral presentation by a PhD student,
  • best oral presentation by a postdoc, and
  • best poster.

Applicants can mark the option for each of the award categories in Easychair upon abstract submission.


PhD students should not have completed their PhD before the conference. Postdocs should have completed their PhD not earlier three years before the year of the conference (for example 2016 for the SLE 2018 conference). All posters may be eligible for the best poster prize.

A shortlisted paper may be co-authored. Co-authored papers in categories i) and ii) above, should be presented at the conference by the nominee author, who would also have to be the first author of the paper.


The first the prize in each of the three category is 500 Euros. The first prizes in the PhD and Postdoc categories are also awarded a 20+10 mins. plenary talk in SLE 2020. The 2nd and 3rd prizes, a three-year SLE membership.

Applicants should mark the option for each of the prize categories upon abstract submission.



15 December 2018: notification of workshop acceptance

15 January 2019: deadline for submission of all abstracts

31 March 2019: notification of paper acceptance

1 April 2019: early bird registration starts

1 May 2019: full fee registration starts

31 May 2019: closing registration date for participants with a paper

21 July 2019: closing registration date for participants without a paper, and for co-authors of papers were at least one author has already registered.


Please note that papers where none of the authors have registered by 31st May will not be scheduled. The schedule will be published online in June after the registration deadline. The schedule will then be modified only if cancellations happen.



Registration will open on 1 April 2019. SLE meetings are member-only conferences. That is, all participants with a paper in the programme will have to be or become members of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.



There will be a reception on Wednesday evening (included in the registration fee), a walking tour in the Leipzig city centre (included in the registration fee) and a conference dinner on Friday evening (not included in the conference fee). On Saturday afternoon and on Sunday, there will be a number of excursions (not included).



Leipzig is the tenth largest city in Germany, and the largest city in the state of Saxony. It is world-famous as the city of Johann Sebastian Bach, and famous among linguists as the origin of the Neogrammarian revolution in the 1870s. Leipzig/Halle Airport ( offers few international connections, but is well-connected to the major airports in Frankfurt and Munich. Leipzig can be conveniently reached by high-speed (ICE) train from the south (Munich, Nuremberg), from the West (Frankfurt), and from the north (Hamburg, Berlin). Berlin SXF Airport offers many cheap flights from European destinations and is only about 2 hours from Leipzig Hauptbahnhof (train ticket about EUR50).



Information on accommodation and a selection of hotels with special arrangements for SLE 2019 will be published later on the conference website.



Chair of the general session: Nikolaos Lavidas (National and Kapodistrian University Athens)

Chair of workshops: Balthasar Bickel (Universität Zürich)


Members: Werner Abraham (Vienna/Munich), Karin Aijmer (Gothenburg), Laura Alba-Juez (UNED), Shanley Allen (Kaiserslautern), Cormac Anderson (MPI-SHH, Jena), Reili Argus (Tallinn), Mira Ariel (Tel Aviv), Gilles Authier (EPHE, PSL), Edith Bavin (MCRI), Dorothee Beermann (NUST), Valeria A. Belloro (Querétaro), Marcella Bertuccelli Papi (Pisa), Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge/ Stellenbosch), Walter Bisang (Mainz), Anna Bondaruk (Lublin), Kasper Boye (Copenhagen), Wayles Browne (Cornell), Concepción Cabrillana (Santiago de Compostela), Anne Carlier (Lille 3), Michela Cennamo (Naples), Denis Creissels (Lyon), Sonia Cristofaro (Pavia), Pierluigi Cuzzolin (Bergamo), Andriy Danylenko (Pace Univ.), Barbara De Cock (Louvain), Jesús de la Villa (Madrid), Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Walter De Mulder (Antwerp), Nicole Delbecque (KU Leuven), Adina Dragomirescu (Bucharest, Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk (Poznań), Andrés Enrique-Arias (Balearic islands), Victoria Escandell-Vidal (UNED), Urtzi Etxeberria (CNRS-IKER), Thórhallur Eythórsson (Iceland), Małgorzata Fabiszak (Poznań), Benjamin Fagard (CNRS), Teresa Fanego (Santiago de Compostela), Ad Foolen (Radboud), Livio Gaeta (Turin), María del Pilar García Mayo (UPV/EHU), Antonio García-Gómez (Alcalá), Francesco Gardani (Zurich), Michalis Georgiafentis (Athens), Klaus Geyer (Southern Denmark), Anna Giacalone (Pavia), Chiara Gianollo (Bologna), Spike Gildea (Oregon), Alessandra Giorgi (Venice), María de los Ángeles Gómez-González (Santiago de Compostela), Francisco Gonzálvez-García (Almería), Stefan Th. Gries (California, Santa Barbara), Eitan Grossman (Jerusalem), Eva Hajičová (Prague), Björn Hansen (Regensburg), Alexander Haselow (Münster), Martin Haspelmath (MPI-SHH, Jena), Katharina Haude (CNRS-SeDyL), Lars Hellan (NUST), Eugen Hill (Cologne), Hans Henrich Hock (Illinois), Richard Huyghe (Fribourg), Aritz Irurtzun (CNRS-IKER), Andra Kalnača (Riga), Katalin É. Kiss (Hungarian Academy), Seppo Kittilä (Helsinki), Ekkehard Koenig (FU Berlin / Freiburg), Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm (Stockholm), Bernd Kortmann (Freiburg), Lívia Körtvélyessy (Košice), Gitte Kristiansen (Madrid), Martin Joachim Kümmel (FSU Jena), D. Robert Ladd (Edinburgh), Meri Larjavaara (Helsinki), Pierre Larrivée (Caen), Nikolaos Lavidas (Athens), Elisabeth Leiss Ludwig (Munich), Torsten Leuschner (Ghent), Diana Lewis (Aix-Marseille), Suliko Liiv (Tallinn), José Lima (Lisbon), Maria-Rosa Lloret (Barcelona), María José López-Couso (Santiago de Compostela), Lucía Loureiro-Porto (Balearic Islands), Silvia Luraghi (Pavia), Ian Maddieson (New Mexico / California, Berkeley), Andrej Malchukov (Mainz), Francesca Masini (Bologna), Dejan Matic (Münster), Belén Méndez-Naya (Santiago de Compostela), Helle Metslang (Tartu), Amina Mettouchi (EPHE & CNRS LLACAN), Susanne Maria Michaelis (Leipzig), Matti Miestamo (Helsinki), Marianne Mithun (California, Santa Barbara), Liljana Mitkovska (FON, Skopje), Edith Moravcsik (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Nicola Munaro (Venice), Pieter Muysken (Radboud), Maria Napoli (Eastern Piedmont), Jan Nuyts (Antwerp), Karl Pajusalu (Tartu), Carita Paradis (Lund), Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou (Thessaloniki), Thomas Payne (Oregon), Rodrigo Pérez Lorido (Oviedo), Vladimir Plungian (Moscow), Lola Pons-Rodríguez (Sevilla), Angela Ralli (Patras), Eric Reuland (Utrecht), Nikolaus Ritt (Vienna), Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada (Alberta), Anna Roussou (Patras), Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza (La Rioja), Cinzia Russi (Texas at Austin), Andrea Sansò (Insubria), Barbara Schlücker (Leipzig), Stephan Schmid (Zurich), Ilja A. Seržant (Leipzig), Inesa Šeškauskienė (Vilnius), Magda Ševčíková (Prague), Petra Sleeman (Amsterdam), Elena Smirnova (Neuchâtel), John Charles Smith (Oxford), Augusto Soares da Silva (Braga), Andrey N. Sobolev (ILR RAS), Elisabeth Stark (Zurich), Cristina Suárez-Gómez (Balearic Islands), Jarmila Tárnyiková (Olomouc), Catherine Travis (Canberra), Beata Trawiński (IDS Mannheim), Johan van der Auwera (Antwerp), Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (KU Leuven), Anna Verschik (Tallinn), Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven), Letizia Vezzosi (Florence), Nigel Vincent (Manchester), Jacqueline Visconti (Genoa), Søren Wichmann (Leiden), Björn Wiemer (Mainz), Jacek Witkos (Poznan), Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (Kiel), Magdalena Wrembel (Poznan), Susanne Wurmbrand (Vienna), Il-Il Yatziv-Malibert (INALCO, Paris), Šárka Zikánová (Prague), Fernando Zúñiga (Bern).



Chair of the local organising committee: Martin Haspelmath (Leipzig),   

SLE Conference Manager: Olga Spevak (Toulouse),

SLE Treasurer: Lachlan Mackenzie (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam),