50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

10th - 13th September 2017

University of Zurich

The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) and the University of Zurich are pleased to announce the “50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2017)”, to be held in Zurich, 10th – 13th September 2017, and would like to invite you to submit 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 2017 round table bears the title “Saussure and linguistics in the 20th and 21st centuries”.

The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2017. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be by 31 March 2017.


  • Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel) (Presidential address)
  • Nicolas Evans ((Australian National University, Canberra)
  • Devyani Sharma (Queen Mary University of London)

Round table Saussure and linguistics in the 20th and 21st centuries”:

  • John E. Joseph (University of Edinburgh)
  • Klaas Willems (Ghent University)
  • Ekaterina V. Rakhilina (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow)



GENERAL SESSION PAPERS, POSTERS AND WORKSHOP PAPERS. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2017.

Abstracts are submitted via Easychair. Some guidelines about how to submit your paper can be found here.

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. One person may submit a single-authored abstract, a single-authored abstract and a co-authored one (not as first author), or two co-authored abstracts (only one as first author).

Presentations will last 20 minutes allowing 5 min. for discussion and 5 min. for speaker and changes.



The SLE 2017 meetings 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 1.10 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 2015 and SLE 2016 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 January 2014. 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 2018. The 2nd and 3rd prizes, a three-year SLE membership.

Applicants can mark the option for each of the prize categories upon abstract submission.



15 January 2017: deadline for submission of all abstracts

31 March 2017: notification of paper acceptance

1 April 2017: early bird registration starts

1 May 2017: full fee registration starts

31 May 2017: closing registration date for participants with a paper

1 August 2017: 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 Sunday evening (included in the registration fee), a city walk (included in the registration fee) and a conference dinner (not included in the conference fee). On Thursday there will be post-conference excursions.



Zurich is located in the centre of Europe and easily reached by air, train and car. It has an international airport only 10 minutes away by train from the city centre, with direct daily connections to main European and international destinations. Switzerland has one of the world’s best public transport systems. It is very well linked by train to other Swiss and European cities.

The conference venue will be the Main Building of the University of Zürich, Rämistrasse 71, CH-8006 Zürich.



Information on accommodation and special arrangements for this conference can be found here.



Chair of the general session: Balthasar Bickel (University of Zürich)

Chair of workshops: Salomé Gutiérrez Morales (CIESAS-GOLFO Xalapa)

Werner Abraham (Vienna/Munich), Karin Aijmer (Gothenburg), Laura Alba-Juez (UNED Madrid), Cormac Anderson (Jena), Reili Argus (Tallinn), Gilles Authier (Paris), Tania Avgustinova (Saarland), Jóhanna Barðdal (Bergen), Valeria Belloro (Querétaro, México), Marcella Bertuccelli (Pisa), Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge & Stellenbosch), Anna Bondaruki (Lublin), Kasper Boye (Copenhagen), Wayles Browne (Cornell University), Concepción Cabrillana (Santiago de Compostela), Daniéla Capin (Strasbourg), Anne Carlier (Lille), Michela Cennamo (Naples), Russi Cinzia (Texas), Concepción Company Company (Mexico), Bert Cornillie (Leuven), Denis Creissels (Lyon), Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Pierluigi Cuzzolin (Bergamo), Michael Daniel (Moscow), Andriy Danylenko (Pace University), Barbara De Cock (Leuven), Jesús de la Villa (Madrid), Walter De Mulder (Antwerp), Nicole Delbecque (Leuven), Adina Dragomirescu (Bucharest), Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk (Poznań), Martin Ehala (Tartu), Andrés Enrique-Arias (Balearic Islands), Victoria Escandell-Vidal (UNED Madrid), Thorhallur Eythorsson (University of Iceland), Malgorzata Fabiszak (Poznań), Benjamin Fagard (Paris), Hana Filip (Düsseldorf), Bernard Fradin (Paris), Livio Gaeta (Turin), Maria del Pilar García Mayo (Basque Country), Antonio García-Gómez (Alcalá), Franceso Gardani (Zurich), Michalis Georgiafentis (Athens), Klaus Geyer (Odense), Anna Giacalone (Pavia), Chiara Gianollo (Bologna), Spike Gildea (Oregon), Alessandra Giorgi (Venice), Maria de los Ángeles Gómez González (Santiago de Compostela), Francisco Gonzálvez García (Almeria), Stefan Gries (UCSB), Kleanthes Grohmann (Cyprus), Eitan Grossman (Jerusalem), Eva Hajičová (Prague), Bjorn Hansen (Regensburg), Alexander Haselow (Rostock), Katharina Haude (CNRS), Tiit Hennoste (Tartu), Eugen Hill (Cologne), Martin Hilpert (FRIAS), Hans Henrich Hock (Illinois), Marianne Hundt (Zurich), Richard Huyghe (Fribourg), Elly Ifantidou (Athens), Aritz Irurtzun (CNRS), Johannes Kabatek (Zurich), Andra Kalnača (Riga), Gunther Kaltenböck (Vienna), Seppo Kittila (Helsinki), Martin Kohlberger (Leiden), Bernd Kortmann (Freiburg), Livia Kortvelyessy (Košice), Gitte Kristiansen (Madrid), Guus Kroonen (Copenhagen), Martin Kümmel (Jena), Karen Lahousse (Leuven), Itziar Laka (Basque Country), Meri Larjavaara (Helsinki), Pierre Larrivée (Caen), Nicolaos Lavidas (Thessaloniki), Elisabeth Leiss (Munich), Alexander Letuchiy (NRU Moscow), Diana Lewis (Aix-Marseille), Suliko Liiv (Tallinn), Maria-Rosa Lloret (Barcelona), María José López-Couso (Santiago de Compostela), Lucía Loureiro-Porto (Balearic Islands), Andrej Malchukov (Mainz), Theodore Markopoulos (Patras), Giovanna Marotta (Pisa), Francesca Masini (Bologna), Belén Méndez Naya (Santiago de Compostela), Helle Metslang (Tartu), Amina Mettouchi (Paris), Machteld Meulleman (Reims), Matti Miestamo (Helsinki), Liljana Mitkovska (Skopje), Edith Moravcsik (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Nicola Munaro (Venice), Pieter Muysken (Radboud), Maria Napoli (Eastern Piedmont), Nicole Nau (Poznań), Tatiana Nikitina (CNRS), Jan Nuyts (Antwerp), Karl Pajusalu (Tartu), Carita Paradis (Lund), Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou (Thessaloniki), Rodrigo Pérez-Lorido (Oviedo), Jose Pinto de Lima (Lisbon), Vladimir Plungian (Moscow), Lola Pons-Rodriguez (Sevilla), Angela Ralli (Patras), Paolo Ramat (Pavia), Eric Reuland (Utrecht), Nikolaus Ritt (Vienna), Anna Roussou (Patras), Olga Ruda (Nitra), Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez (Logroño), Vieri Samek-Lodovici (London), Andrea Sansò (Insubria), Barbara Schlücker (Bonn), Stephan Schmid (Zurich), Eva Schultze-Berndt (Manchester), Ilja Serzants (Leipzig), Inesa Šeškauskienė (Vilnius), Petra Sleeman (Amsterdam), Elena Smirnova (Hannover), John Charles Smith (Oxford), Augusto Soares da Silva (Braga), Andrey N. Sobolev (Russian Academy of Sciences), Andrew Spencer (Essex), Elisabeth Stark (Zurich), Dejan Stosic (Toulouse), Cristina Suárez-Gómez (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 (Genova), Soren Wichmann (Leiden), Magdalena Wrembel (Poznań), Susanne Wurmbrand (Connecticut), Il-Il Yatziv-Malibert (Paris),Fernando Zúñiga (Bern).



Chair of the local organising committee: Johannes Kabatek (Zurich),

SLE Conference Manager: Olga Spevak (Toulouse)

SLE Conference Assistant: Caterina Guardamagna (Liverpool)

SLE Treasurer: Dik Bakker (Lancaster),