Call for Papers

Bilingualism, Multilingualism and the New Speaker

Acceptance decisions have now been made and communicated to authors.

At least one author of a poster or paper must register for the conference before 31 March 2017 to be certain that their presentation will be scheduled.

The 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism will take place at the University of Limerick, Ireland, 11-15 June 2017.

The theme for ISB11 is ‘Bilingualism, Multilingualism and the New Speaker’. The new speaker is an emerging research paradigm that considers all aspects of the linguistic and sociolinguistic competences and practices of bilingual and multilingual speakers. It seeks in particular to focus on the speaker’s experiences and trajectories, including their reception by other speakers and communities of speech or practice.

ISB11 invites papers in all areas of research in bilingualism and multilingualism, whether or not linked directly to the overarching conference theme, including, but not limited to, linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, clinical linguistics, education, multilingual societies.


The three categories of proposals are: (1) individual papers, (2) posters, (3) colloquia.

Abstracts should be in English but presentations may be in any language, which should be noted in the submission. The main working language of ISB11 will be English and no interpretation will be provided other than to and from Irish Sign Language.

  • Individual papers: Papers are formal presentations on original research by one or more authors, lasting a total of 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion). Please note that the time limit will be strictly adhered to. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length. (If you would like your paper abstract to be also considered for presentation as a poster, you may add a note to that effect on the Conftool submission platform.)
  • Posters: Poster sessions are for displaying research that offers the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research. Posters are especially effective for presenting work-in-progress, fieldwork and results of empirical research if data can be presented visually (e.g. charts, graphs, tables). A block of time will be designated when presenters are available to discuss their posters. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length.
  • Colloquia: Colloquia allow for extended discussion on a particular topic with a cluster of several independent papers and a joint discussion. Colloquia are presented in a time block of 2 or 4 hours and the colloquium organizer(s) will decide upon the allocation of this time between the introduction, individual papers and the discussion. Colloquia must include an abstract for the panel and for the constituent presentations. Abstracts for colloquia should be a maximum of 500 words in length while abstracts for presentations within each colloquium should be shorter (less than 300 words).



Submission of proposals for papers, posters, and colloquia is open and will close on 7 November 2016.  Proposals must be submitted via Conftool, the online author submission management system.



Proposals for individual papers, posters, and colloquia will be evaluated by the ISB11 scientific committee and the organizing committee in terms of quality of content, significance, originality, thematic relevance, and presentation.



Individuals may submit a maximum of one abstract as first author, whether a paper, a poster, or as part of a colloquium. In addition, an individual may have a role as a colloquium organizer, discussant, or co-author/co-presenter.

It is assumed that all proposals represent original and unpublished work that is not yet available to the research community.

  • The presenter must be a registered attending participant at the Symposium
  • The conference policy is that the author will present the paper on the day and time assigned by the conference program committee



  • Submission of abstracts closes at 23.59 Irish time on 7 November 2016
  • Notification of acceptance before  1 February 2017

Contact us: ISB11@UL.IE