Call For Papers

The Australian Linguistic Society annual conference welcomes submissions for oral presentations and poster presentations on any topic within the fields of general linguistics, applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics. Oral presentations are 20 min presentation + 10 min question time. Poster presentations allow authors to display and explain their A0-sized poster during a dedicated poster session.

Below are key dates and abstract submission requirements.

Key Dates

Abstract submissions due Tuesday 1 September 2015
Acceptances notified Early October 2015



The following workshops have been accepted for ALS 2015:

  • Language Variation and Change - Australia 2 (LVC-A 2). Organisers: Catherine Travis, Celeste Rodriguez Louro, Adam Schembri.
  • Language and Migration. Organisers: Ingrid Piller, Donna Butorac.
  • Sociolinguistics of Multilingualism in Aboriginal Australia. Organisers: Jill Vaughan, Ruth Singer.
  • Expressive Use of Voice Quality in Aboriginal Languages. Organisers: John Mansfield, Nick Reid.

If you would like your abstract considered for presentation at one of these workshops, please select that workshop during the submission process on EasyChair. If you submit an abstract for a workshop and it is not accepted in the workshop, it will still be considered for presentation at a regular ALS session.

Note: The workshop 'Learning Indigenous languages -- can universities help (2015)?' has a separate submission process (not through EasyChair) and a later timeline.

Abstract Submission Requirements for ALS 2015

All abstracts - for workshops, talks and posters - will be due 1 September 2015 and will be anonymously reviewed.

Preparing your abstract

Document format: Word (.doc or .docx) required

Page Limits: 1 page of text (including title of paper) + 1 page of references, diagrams, figures, tables, example sentences

Font size: Font must be 12 point Times New Roman

Margins: 2cm margins on all margins

All abstracts must be submitted online via EasyChair.

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. The abstract should not include author names, affiliation, or other identifiying information. Be careful that your name and email are not automatically embedded by your word processor.

Submitting your abstract using EasyChair

This year all abstracts should be submitted online via the ALS EasyChair website. The site is now open for submissions: Click Here To Submit Your Abstract.

The system will ask you to select your preferred presentation type i.e. oral presentation or poster. We strongly encourage a poster submission if your dataset lends itself well to graphical presentation, in-depth personal discussion, or is a dataset of modest size. Posters will have a session on Day 1 of the conference.

The system will also ask you:

  • if you would like your submission to be considered for a workshop, and if so, which one
  • to enter all author and institution information into an online form

To submit your abstract, do two things:

1. paste the title and abstract main text (i.e. page 1 of your anonymous Word document) into the abstract submission textbox in EasyChair; and

2. upload your entire abstract as an anonymous Word document in EasyChair.

Please do not submit your abstract via email. If you require help, please email als2015conf AT

Reminder about ALS membership

Please note that ALS policy requires that presenters should be members of ALS. For information about membership go to