Call For Papers

BELP 2016 Call for Papers

The theme of this year’s conference is:
“Pushing Boundaries: Towards New Directions in Linguistics”

Plenary speakers:

Associate Professor Andrew Kehoe                                       Dr. Joe Bennett   Birmingham City University                                       University of Birmingham

We are pleased to invite all postgraduate students in English Language and Applied Linguistics to attend The Birmingham English Language Postgraduate Conference 2016 (BELP) to be held at the University of Birmingham on Friday, 22nd of April 2016.

We are very happy to announce that we are now accepting abstract submissions for BELP 2016. We welcome contributions that, in line with the theme of the conference, point towards new directions in research for English Language and Applied Linguistics, whether theoretical or methodological.

Possible areas of research include:

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Stylistics
  • TEFL
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Grammar
  • CDA

However, we want to assure all applicants that we are employing a broad and inclusive approach to selecting abstracts that explore various areas in the field of English Language and Linguistics and related disciplines (such as Sociology, Education, Psychology). Students on Taught and Research Postgraduate Courses are encouraged to apply.

Key Dates

  • 22nd February 2016 (5pm) – deadline for abstract submission
  • 20th March 2016 – notification of successful submission
  • 31st March 2016 – registration deadline

We invite submissions for oral presentations (20 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions). Abstracts should be no longer that 250 words and should include the title of your paper, five keywords, your name, institution, research status (PhD, MPhil, MRes, MA), and email address.

Please send abstract submissions and enquiries to the organising committee (Ivan Ghio and Marianne Cronin)

All attendees are kindly asked to register via the conference website (simply click ‘registration’ and complete the form).

We are also actively seeking students willing to chair the student presentation sessions. Please indicate if you are interested in this when registering for the conference.

The conference is free to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.