Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce that the 9th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE) will be held from 15 to 17 September 2022 in Slovenia, at the University of Ljubljana. An in-person conference is currently envisaged, with the possibility of moving the event online in case travel proves difficult.

Over the last two decades, the BICLCE conference has become a platform for various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of English and its varieties. As such, it has also become a point of reference for interdisciplinary cross-pollination. With a focus on the holistic presentation of current linguistic research, the BICLCE conference traditionally accommodates papers, presentations and workshops on the syntax, morphology, phonology, sociolinguistics, semantics and pragmatics of contemporary English.

In keeping with this tradition, we invite abstracts addressing every aspect of contemporary English, and especially encourage proposals that engage with variation in English, second language acquisition and development, learner corpora, discourse analysis and metadiscourse, constructions, metaphor, politeness, formulaic language, academic writing, language contact, corpus-based studies and statistical models.

Please note that any proposals on historical and contrastive topics should be related to the study of present-day English.

Invited Speakers

We are delighted to announce the following plenary speakers:

  • Bas Aarts
  • Susan Conrad
  • Gaëtanelle Gilquin
  • Manfred Krug

Abstract Submission

At this stage, abstract submissions for individual papers and poster presentations are invited but proposals for thematic workshops featuring up to 6 individual papers are still accepted.

Please submit your proposals via by the extended deadline 16 January 2022. Please specify the type of submission and make sure that the abstracts do not exceed 300 words and contain no names of the authors. All enquiries about the conference should be sent to 9biclce @


The conference will include a number of workshops/panels centred around topical issues in English linguistics. Some workshops are open (potential contributors should contact the convenors before submitting their abstract), while others are already full but individual papers on related topics can be scheduled in a follow-up session.

This workshop is full

This workshop is full

This workshop is open – please contact the convenors Sofia Rüdiger (, Jakob Leimgruber ( and Sven Leuckert (

This workshop is open – please contact the convenors Andrej Stopar ( and Ivo Fabijanić (


We look forward to welcoming you in Ljubljana!

9th BICLCE organizing team