51st Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

29th August – 1st September 2018

Tallinn University

The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) and the Tallinn University are pleased to announce the “51st Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2018)”, to be held in Tallinn, 29th August – 1st September 2018, and would like to invite you to submit workshop papers, general session papers, and posters 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 2018 round table bears the title “Vitality of medium sized languages in the 21st centuries”.

The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2018. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be by 31 March 2018.



  • Nikolaus Ritt (Universität Wien), Presidential address
  • Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (University of Stockholm)
  • Francesca Di Garbo (Stockholm University) and Annemarie Verkerk (MPI for the Science of Human History), winners of the Best Postdoc paper at SLE 2017 Zurich.


ROUND TABLE Vitality of medium sized languages in the 21st century”, moderator Martin Ehala (University of Helsinki, University of Tartu):

  • Josep Soler Carbonell (University of Stockholm)
  • Marie Maegaard (University of Copenhagen)
  • Tamah Sherman (Charles University, Prague)



WORKSHOP PAPERS, GENERAL SESSION PAPERS, AND POSTERS. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2018. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2018.


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 (excluding references). Abstracts should have the same title as the entry submitted via Easychair.

Whereas general session papers can deal with any topic in linguistics, workshop papers should take into account the topic of the workshop proposal, and are usually pre-selected by the workshop convenors. If the abstract is by a keynote speaker at a workshop, please insert “keynote paper” in your abstract so that the paper can be reviewed as an introductory paper to a workshop. The list of workshops can be found on the conference website.

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 and 5 min. for speaker and changes.



The SLE 2018 meeting will have one poster session 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 portrait format 1.5 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 Scientific 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 Scientific Committee. The threshold for acceptance is the same for general session papers, poster and workshop abstracts.



At SLE conferences there are prizes for the following categories (see SLE 2017 awards):

  1. best oral presentation by a PhD student,
  2. best oral presentation by a postdoc, and
  3. best poster.


PhD students should not have completed their PhD before the conference. Postdocs should have completed their PhD not earlier than three years before the year of the conference (for example 2015 for the SLE 2017 conference). All posters may be eligible for the best porter prize.

Of all the candidate papers, the papers with a highest score will be shortlisted in each of the three categories. 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 2019. 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 November 2017: workshop proposals submission deadline

15 December 2017: notification of workshop acceptance

15 January 2018: deadline for submission of all abstracts

31 March 2018: notification of paper acceptance

1 April 2018: early bird registration starts

1 May 2018: full fee registration starts

31 May 2018: closing registration date for participants with a paper

1 August 2018: 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.



There will be a reception on Wednesday evening (included in the registration fee), a walking tour in Tallinn Old Town (included in the registration fee) and a conference dinner at the Seaplane harbour (not included in the conference fee). On Saturday evening, there will be a post-conference excursion for additional price to Estonian Open Air Museum. On Sunday, there will be excursions excursions to Tartu, Haapsalu, and Lahemaa (for additional price).



Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland; Tallinn´s Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tallinn international airport is located 4 km from the city centre. There is good air connection between Tallinn and other European countries. Tallinn can also be reached by ferry from Helsinki and Stockholm. The Old City Harbour is situated right in the city centre. Further information on website.


Information on accommodation and a selection of hotels with special arrangements for SLE 2018 will be published later on the conference website.



Chair of the general session: Jacek Witkoś (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań)

Chair of workshops: Silvia Luraghi (Università di Pavia)

Werner Abraham (Vienna/Munich), Karin Aijmer (Gothenburg), Shanley Allen (Kaiserslautern), Cormac Anderson (MPI, SHH), Reili Argus (Tallinn), Gilles Authier (Inalco), Tania Avgustinova (Saarland), Johanna Barddal (Ghent), Edith L. Bavin (La Trobe), Valeria Belloro (Querétaro, México), Marcella Bertuccelli (Pisa University), Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge/Stellenbosch), Balthasar Bickel (Zurich), Anna Bondaruki (Lublin), Kasper Boye (Copenhagen), Wayles Browne (Cornell), Concepción Cabrillana (Santiago de Compostela), Anne Carlier (Lille 3), Michela Cennamo (Naples), Bert Cornillie (Leuven), Denis Creissels (Lyon), Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Pierluigi Cuzzolin (Bergamo), Ewa Dabrowska (Northumbria), Michael Daniel (HSE / MSU), Andriy Danylenko (Pace University), Barbara De Cock (Louvain), Jesus De La Villa (Madrid), Walter De Mulder (Antwerp), Nicole Delbecque (Leuven), Adina Dragomirescu (Bucharest), , Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk (Poznan), Martin Ehala (Helsinki, Andrés Enrique-Arias (Balearic Islands), Victoria Escandell-Vidal (UNED), Caleb Everett (Miami), Thorhallur Eythorsson (Iceland), Malgorzata Fabiszak (Poznan), Benjamin Fagard (CNRS), Teresa Fanego (Santiago de Compostela), Ad Foolen (Nijmegen), Livio Gaeta (Torino), Maria Del Pilar Garcia Mayo (Basque Country), Antonio Garcia-Gomez (Alcalá), Francesco Gardani (Zürich), Michalis Georgiafentis (Athens), Klaus Geyer (Southern Denmark), Anna Giacalone (Pavia), Chiara Gianollo (Bologna), Edward Gibson (Massachusetts), Spike Gildea (Oregon), Alessandra Giorgi (Venice, Maria De Los Angeles Gomez Gonzalez (Santiago), Francisco Gonzalvez Garcia (Almería), Simon Greenhill (ANU), Stefan Th. Gries (UCSB), Kleanthes Grohmann (Cyprus), Eitan Grossman (Hebrew University), Eva Hajicova (Prague), Bjorn Hansen (Regensburg), Alexander Haselow (Rostock), Martin Haspelmath (Leipzig), Katharina Haude (CNRS), Eugen Hill (Köln), Martin Hilpert (FRIAS), Hans Henrich Hock (Illinois), Richard Huyghe (Fribourg), Aritz Irurtzun (CNRS-IKER), Johannes Kabatek (Zürich), Andra Kalnaca (Riga), Gunther Kaltenbock (Vienna), Seppo Kittila (Helsinki), Ekkehard Koenig (Berlin), Martin Kohlberger (SSILA), Bernd Kortmann (Freiburg), Livia Kortvelyessy (Kosice), Gitte Kristiansen (Madrid), Guus Kroonen (Copenhagen University), Martin Kummel (Jena), Robert Ladd (Edinburgh), Meri Larjavaara (Åbo Akademi), Pierre Larrivee (Caen), Nicolaos Lavidas (Thessaloniki), Elisabeth Leiss (München), Alexander Letuchiy (Moscow), Torsten Leuschner (Gent), Natalia Levshina (Leipzig), Diana Lewis (Aix Marseille), Suliko Liiv (Tallinn), José Lima (Lisboa), Maria-Rosa Lloret (Barcelona), Maria Jose Lopez-Couso (Santiago de Compostela), Lucia Loureiro-Porto (Balearic Islands), Ian Maddieson (New Mexico), Andrej Malchukov (Mainz), Theodore Markopoulos (Patras), Giovanna Marotta (Pisa), Francesca Masini (Bologna), Belen Mendez Naya (Santiago de Compostela), Helle Metslang (Tartu), Amina Mettouchi (EPHE/CNRS LLACAN), Machteld Claire Meulleman (Reims), Susanne Michaelis (Leipzig), Matti Miestamo (Helsinki), Marianne Mithun (Santa Barbara), Liljana Mitkovska FON), Edith Moravcsik (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Nicola Munaro (Venezia), Pieter Muysken (Radboud University), Maria Napoli (Piemonte Orientale), Nicole Nau (Poznan), , Tatiana Nikitina (CNRS), Jan Nuyts (UA), Karl Pajusalu (Tartu), Carita Paradis (Lund University), Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou (Thessaloniki), Rodrigo Pérez-Lorido (Oviedo), Vladimir Plungian (Moscow), Lola Pons-Rodriguez (Seville), Clifton Pye (Kansas), Angela Ralli (Patras), Paolo Ramat (IUSS Pavia), Eric Reuland (Utrecht), Nikolaus Ritt (Vienna), Anna Roussou (Patras), Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza Ibanez (La Rioja), Cinzia Russi (Texas at Austin), Vieri Samek-Lodovici (London), Ted Sanders (Utrecht), Andrea Sanso (Insubria), Sebastian Sauppe (Zurich), Barbara Schlücker (Leipzig), Stephan Schmid (Zürich), Karsten Schnidtke-Bode (Leipzig), Ilja Serzant (Leipzig), Inesa Šeškauskienė (Vilnius), Magda Sevcikova (Prague), Petra Sleeman (Amsterdam), Elena Smirnova (Neuchâtel), John Charles Smith (Oxford), Augusto Soares Da Silva (Braga), , Andrey N. Sobolev (St. Petersburg), Andrew Spencer (Essex), Elisabeth Stark (Zurich), Sabine Stoll (Zurich), Dejan Stosic (Toulouse), Cristina Suarez-Gomez (Balearic Islands), Jarmila Tárnyiková (Olomouc), Catherine Travis (Canberra), , Beata Trawinski (Mannheim), Johan van der Auwera (Antwerp), Henk van Riemsdijk (Tilburg), Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (Leuven), Arie Verhagen (Leiden), Anna Verschik (Tallinn), Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven), Letizia Vezzosi (Florence), Nigel Vincent (Manchester), Jacqueline Visconti (Genoa), Soren Wichmann (MPI-EVA), Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (Kiel), Magdalena Wrembel (Poznan), , Susanne Wurmbrand (Connecticut), Il-Il Yatziv-Malibert (INALCO), Sarka Zikanova (Prague), Fernando Zuniga (Bern).



Chair of the local organising committee: Anna Verschik (Tallinn),

SLE Conference Manager: Olga Spevak (Toulouse)

SLE Treasurer: Lachlan Mackenzie (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)