Sponsored Trip to COSI

Dear attendees,

We’re very happy to announce a sponsored trip for our attendees to COSI (The Center of Science and Industry). Of special interest to you will be the “Language Pod” (https://u.osu.edu/thebln/language-pod/) within COSI (https://cosi.org/).

 The Language Sciences Research lab at the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (COSI) is dedicated to the study of language and the dissemination of knowledge about language sciences. The COSI research pods (called the Labs in Life) are a part of a larger COSI exhibit on the life sciences, and they are glass-enclosed research spaces where museum visitors can observe actual scientific research as it is occurring. COSI is the only science center in the country that has working research laboratories housed within its walls, allowing visitors a firsthand exposure to the research process. The Labs in Life showcase Ohio State research, creating excitement in children about science and encouraging careers in science.

Within the pod, Ohio State research teams conduct studies on various dimensions of language knowledge, and collect, code, and analyze data within the pod. Visitors to COSI are able to see real research being conducted, and also have the opportunity to participate in these studies themselves. Outside the pod, Ohio State graduate and undergraduate students provide educational explanations to both the adult and child COSI visitors about the work being conducted within the pod. These explanations address the research process on several levels, including the research content (What problem is this researcher studying?), the research methods (How is this researcher doing her study?), the larger research goal (Why is this researcher studying this part of language?), as well as the scientific method more generally (How do we ask and answer a question scientifically?). These students also explain the fundamentals of the science of language to visitors through a variety of short demonstrations, each focusing on a different sub-field of linguistics.


  • SLRF attendees will receive FREE admission throughout the day on Sunday, October 15th with their name badge.
  • Transportation will be provided by us.
  • You will be able to sign up for COSI through our registration system.
  • Departure: 10:30 am The Ohio Union Plaza
  • Return: ~ 2 pm The Ohio Union Plaza


Dear presenters and attendees,

Please hang in there as we’re working relentlessly on getting our registration site online. We’re waiting on the last administrative approvals and are hoping to get registration open by next week.

As a result of the delay, we will offer Early-Bird registration fees up until Wednesday, Oct 11th (11:59 pm EST).

We greatly appreciate your patience.

Your SLRF 2017 Organizing Committee

Poster Presentations

Dear presenters, please read the following information on your poster presentation.

  • Poster dimensions should not exceed 4′ in length and 4′ in height. We don’t have the means to support electronic poster presentations. Print only, please.
  • Please bring and set up your poster in the designated area prior to your scheduled presentation time.
  • Please remove your poster after your scheduled presentation time.
  • You’re expected to stay with your poster for questions during your scheduled presentation time.

We’re excited to announce that we have found a sponsor (languages) to offer a poster presentation award. Details to follow.


Dear SLRF attendees,

As you might have noticed, the registration system for SLRF 2017 is not yet active. There have been a few delays getting our registration system integrated with everything it needs to be integrated with. However, registration will be available quite shortly; we’ll send out an announcement when the system opens. In the meantime, we’d like to encourage you to use the “subscribe” button on our website to instantly receive updated as they are posted.

Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to seeing all of you in October!

Best regards,

The SLRF 2017 organizers

Workshops confirmed

The following workshops will take place on Thursday, October 12th. They’re free of charge and you will be able to register for the workshops through our registration system. Spots are limited and we’d like you to be considerate of all participants and only sign up for a workshop if you’re certain that you’ll be able to attend. Thank you!

2:30 – 4:00 pm: L2 Interactional Competence: What it is and how to teach and research it? (Taleghani-Nikazm, Hagerty Hall 160)
4:15 – 5:45 pm: Working across methodological paradigms: Mixed methods research in second language research (Mackey et. al, room tbd)
6:00 – 7:30 pm: Connecting Classrooms and Communities with Technology (Malinowski, Hagerty Hall 160)