CfP: International Congress of Linguistics (ICL20), Cape Town, South Africa, 2-6 July 2018



International Congress of Linguistics (ICL20)
Cape Town, South Africa
2-6 July 2018

Important dates*

24 July 2017: Deadline for abstract submission
31 October 2017: Notification of abstract acceptance

A signed language workshop has been planned for the upcoming International Congress of Linguistics (ICL20) The workshop, entitled ”Signed language linguistics: Taking stock” aims to consider how the field has developed and also where it is headed, especially within cognitive, functional, and corpus linguistics.

The full description of the workshop is attached and can be found on the conference website:

We are now inviting abstracts for part two of this workshop, where a selection of research will illustrate the current state of the art, with a focus, e.g., on multimodality, the gesture-sign interface, composite meaning construction, “embodiment” and/or presenting work from a range of more recent approaches and theoretical frameworks such as cognitive and corpus linguistics, construction grammar, pictorial semantics, etc. Abstract submissions for this part of the workshop will follow the general conference call – see the information below.

In addition, we also encourage researchers to contact the workshop organizers directly if they have a special contribution or idea for part one or part three of the workshop. Researchers are also encouraged to look through the open call and other workshops – as it would be a positive trend to see more signed language research represented at the conference generally.

Finally, we would like to mention that the International Society of Gesture Studies will also hold their conference in Cape Town from 4-8 July ( We are in contact with the organizers of ICL20 and ISGS8 to discuss how to best accommodate researchers who would benefit from attending both conferences.

The workshop organizers
Myriam Vermeerbergen (KU Leuven & Stellenbosch University), in collaboration with: Lindsay Ferrara & Anna-Lena Nilsson (NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Terry Janzen (University of Manitoba), Lorraine Leeson (Trinity College Dublin), Barbara Shaffer (University of New Mexico).

Abstract and submission guidelines
Abstracts to part two of the workshop should be submitted through the abstract portal on the conference website:

Authors will be required to create a user account to be able to proceed to submission.
It is possible to create and save a draft of the abstract and then return later to submit.
Please note that after submission, no changes can be made.

Submission requirements state that the abstracts must be written in English and should be between 200 and 350 words. Please do not include images or diagrams.

Heading: Please do not type all letters of the heading in capital letters. Please use sentence case.
Abstract Text: You can prepare your text in MS Word and cut and paste into the text box, or you can type directly in the abstract text box.
Paragraph breaks: Please use paragraph breaks where necessary

Generally, it is expected that delegates would not present more than one single-authored paper in the conference. Exceptions will be made in the case of papers with multiple authorships, invitations to make an additional presentation at a workshop by a workshop convenor, or senior scholars making an additional presentation with a junior colleague or student.

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