Call for Papers

Call for Paper and Poster Presentations 

Deadline: April 16th, 2017

Second Language Research has its roots in a variety of disciplines and traditions, each containing a multiplicity of voices and theories, at times complementary and at times clashing. Recently, scholars in the field have enriched their work by drawing insights from sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, and neurocognitive approaches to SLA; research on pragmatics and classroom interactions; and the study of Bilingualism, Bi-literacy, and Multilingualism. These connections have begun to bridge the gaps amongst methodologies, facilitating a better understanding of the problematics at play in second language teaching, learning, and use.

Simultaneously, linguistics as a field has sought to connect to other disciplines, to the media, and to laypeople. Since their field is often misunderstood by those outside of it, linguistic researchers are working to educate those beyond their boundaries and looking to other disciplines to enrich their work and promote understanding of how languages are learned.

Finally, technological advancements offer enhanced approaches to language practice for teachers and learners: Asynchronous and synchronous computer mediated communication (CMC) allows for connections and collaborations between learners and instructors on a global scale, and technologies such as eye-tracking, event-related potential (ERP) and fmri allow researchers valuable insight into learners’ language acquisition processes.

The theme of SLRF 2017, “Growing Connections in Second Language Research,” focuses on these developing links. Consequently, we invite proposals for paper and poster presentations that in some way discuss connections: amongst methodologies, fields, and people.

We welcome but are not limited to submissions situated in the following areas of research:

  • Research Methods in SLR
  • Cognitive and Neurocognitive Approaches to SLA
  • Formal Approaches to SLA
  • Sociolinguistic Approaches to SLA
  • Psycholinguistic and Psychological Approaches to SLA
  • Instructed SLA – Issues in SL Education
  • Bi-literacy – Bilingualism – Multilingualism
  • CALL/CMC / Technology

Guidelines For Submissions

Submission Instructions

All documents submitted should be in PDF format. They should be completely anonymized, with all references to institutions and presenters removed. An author may submit only one paper or one poster as first author, but may also be a colloquium organizer, discussant, or co-author of a maximum of two additional presentations or posters.

Poster and Paper Presentations

Proposals for paper and poster presentations should consist of a title, an abstract not exceeding 350 words, and a summary not exceeding 50 words, submitted in a single PDF. Please be sure to include the title in your PDF document. 


Proposals for colloquia (i.e. organized panels or sessions) should be submitted by email to the following address: The proposal should consist of a colloquium title, a brief thematic overview not to exceed 200 words, and brief abstracts for each of the papers not to exceed 150 words each, submitted as a single PDF document. Colloquia should consist of 3-4 papers.

Deadline: April 16th, 2017

(Note: Once you have submitted your abstract you will not be able to access your submission for changes.

Please be sure to have your title included in the PDF document.)