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EuroSLA 28

European Second Language Association 28th Conference

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 – Sat, 08 Sep 2018

The European Second Language Association (EuroSLA) is a society for people with a research interest in second languages. EuroSLA has grown from small beginnings to become a large international group of scholars. We welcome new members whatever your nationality, your geographical location or your theoretical and methodological preferences. Our annual conferences are organised by members of the society in different European countries each year. EuroSLA conferences aim to bring together researchers from different disciplines who investigate the acquisition, use, and processing of language in situations where more than one language is involved.

The German and English Departments in association with the Centre for Multilingualism and Language Acquisition at the University of Münster are happy to welcome you all to EuroSLA 28 from 5th until 8th September, 2018 in Münster (Westfalen), Germany. Do not hesitate to contact us via email: eurosla [at]


Raphael Berthele

University of Fribourg, Freiburg/Fribourg, Switzerland

Claudia Felser

Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism, Potsdam, Germany

Johanne Paradis

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Marianne Starren

Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

We are inviting proposals for presentations at Eurosla 28. All areas and approaches to the study of learning second/foreign/additional languages are welcome.

Academic programme
The academic programme will consist of presentations by the participants and the invited keynote speakers (Raphael Berthele (Fribourg, Switzerland), Claudia Felser (Potsdam, Germany), Johanne Paradis (Edmonton, Canada), Marianne Starren (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)), as well as the doctoral student workshop, and the Language Learning Roundtable (topic: the relation between learner grammar and input).

Types of presentations

1) Individual paper (length of presentation: 20+10 min.)
2) Colloquium with either 3 or 5 thematically related papers (length of a colloquium: 90 or 150 min., depending on the number of papers). Prior to submitting a colloquium, please send us an informal email to before January 15th, 2018.
3) Poster (A0, portrait)
4) Paper at the doctoral student workshop (length of presentation: 15+15 min.); The doctoral student workshop is intended to serve as a platform for discussion of ongoing PhD research and obtain feedback from senior researchers. These sessions are an opportunity for PhD students to present their work and discuss future directions. Students whose abstracts are accepted will then be required to send their presentation to a discussant (a senior researcher). The discussant will lead a 15 minute feedback/discussion session on their work.

Abstract submission information
The submission of presentation proposals opens on January 31st, 2018, and closes on February 28th, 2018. The proposals are submitted by filling in an online form (
The proposals for all presentations will be evaluated anonymously by at least two members of the Eurosla Scientific committee. The criteria include the quality of the content and the clarity of the abstract, contribution to the field and thematic relevance. Colloquia will also be assessed according to range and coherence of the papers.
Presentation acceptances will be sent out by the end of April 2018.
Length of abstracts:
- Individual paper, paper at the doctoral student workshop, or poster: max. 3000 characters
(incl. spaces), including references
- Colloquium: general abstract (max. 2000 characters (incl. spaces), including references) +
abstracts for each paper (each max. 3000 characters (incl. spaces), including references). The
general abstract should describe the topic of the colloquium and thus enable the reviewer to
assess range and coherence of the papers. A colloquium as a whole can only be accepted if
the overall quality of all included abstracts is high enough. If a colloquium is rejected,
individual papers can still be accepted as papers in parallel sessions. Please note that only a
limited number of colloquia can be accepted. Prior to submitting a colloquium, please send
us an informal email to before January 15th, 2018.

Language policy
The working language of the conference is English but presentations are also welcome in other
European languages.

Presenter policy
Each participant can appear as the first author of one presentation only. A colloquium convener can
also present at the colloquium or elsewhere in the programme.

Student stipends
As in previous years, several student stipends will be available for doctoral students.
If you wish to apply, please send the following information to before
February 28th, 2018:

1. Name, institution, and address of institution
2. Official confirmation of a PhD student status
3. Statement from supervisor or head of Department that the applicant’s institution cannot
(fully) cover the conference-related expenses.

Please note that applicants who have already received such a stipend in the past are not eligible to

For general questions, please email
For questions concerning the colloquia, please email
For questions concerning the posters, please email

We look forward to seeing you in Münster, Germany, in September 2018!


German and English Departments in association with the Centre for Multilingualism and Language Acquisition at the University of Münster
Conference Website:

Domplatz 20-22, 48143 Münster, Germany
Münster, Münster

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