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Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, 26–28 June 2019: ICLaVE | 10

The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, ICLaVE, is one of the most important fora for research in the area of language variation in Europe. It aims at bringing together scholars of languages or language varieties spoken in Europe with the purpose of discussing empirical, methodological and theoretical issues in the study of language variation and change.


Invited Speakers

Meredith Tamminga is an assistant professor of Linguistics and the director of the Language Variation and Cognition Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. To get insight in the storage and production of linguistic variables she integrates the quantitative analysis of natural speech data, experimental psycholinguistic methods and computational modeling.

Benedikt Szmrecsanyi is an Odysseus research professor at the Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics research group at the University of Leuven. To get insight in the driving forces of linguistic variation in past and present, he combines research methods and insights from quantitative sociolinguistics, geolinguistics, typology and pyscholinguistics.

Roeland van Hout is a professor of Applied and Variation Linguistics at the Center for Language Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen. His work focuses on language variation and change and second language acquisition, from an interdisciplinary perspective (sociology, linguistics, psychology). He also publishes on the application of statistics in language research.

Arjen Versloot holds the chair of Germanic Linguistics, in particular the German, Scandinavian and Frisian languages, at the University of Amsterdam. He is a historical linguist, with special interests in contact linguistics and Frisian dialectology, which makes him one of the leading specialists of the development of the language varieties spoken in the province of Fryslân.


Important dates

16 April 2018Announcement and call for panels
15 June 2018Call for individual papers and posters
20 August 2018Deadline for panel submissions
15 September 2018Notification of acceptance for panels
20 October 2018Deadline for individual paper and poster submissions. Extended to 1 November 2018!
15 January 2019Notification of acceptance for individual papers and posters
15 January 2019Registration opens (early-bird rate)
1 April 2019Early-bird rate ends
26-28 June 2019ICLaVE10 Conference





The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, ICLaVE|10 invites submissions for panels in all areas related to language variation in European languages. Panel proposals must be written in English and should be submitted electronically by (one of the) the panel organizer(s) to:

Panels at ICLaVE|10 will have a duration of 8 or 12 slots (including introduction and/or discussion session). A slot is 30 minutes. Panels can be thematically organised, but data sessions are also welcome. We particularly invite panels on language variation in minority languages. Additional presentations may be added to a panel after the regular call for papers, but this will always be discussed with the panel organizer.

Proposals should be submitted in .pdf, .docx or .odt format, 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced. For format requirements, please refer to the Word-template (.docx). For phonetic symbols use either Doulos SIL or Charis SIL.

Proposals should include:

  • A general overview text of no more than 500 words, including the topic and how it relates to the conference theme, the rationale for the panel, and its aims and objectives
  • Some key discussion questions, information on how the session will be organized (discussion format, number of papers, discussants/participants), etc.
  • A list of invited contributors (name, affiliation, email address) plus full abstracts of the contributions (including information on the subject, methodology and theoretical framework(s), max. 500 words per abstract)

Panel organizers should:

  • Coordinate the submission of abstracts by contributors (max. 500 words each) before the deadline
  • Submit the proposal following the template for panel proposals by 20 August 2018 and confirm that all invited contributors have agreed to participate
  • Communicate the decision of acceptance/rejection of the panel to the contributors
  • Act as mediators between the contributors and the Conference Organizing Committee
  • Submit an updated version of the abstracts and panel description by 20 December 2018
  • Collect papers, presentations and/or data samples for the panel in advance of the conference, and circulate these to all panel contributors
  • Chair their panel at the conference

Panel proposals will be reviewed by the organizing committee.

Deadline for panel submission is 20 August 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15 September 2018. Authors may submit two abstracts (either singly- or jointly-authored), whether in a panel or not.

For submission of individual papers and poster proposals, see our Call for papers.




ICLaVE|10 welcomes submissions for individual paper and poster presentations from 15 June until 1 November 2018. Scholars working on language variation and change, in areas such as sociolinguistics, dialectology, historical linguistics, sociology of language, psycholinguistics and language psychology are invited to submit their proposals on any relevant aspect of variation in language use and/or the linguistic system. 

As ICLaVE|10 takes place in Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, the capital of the province of Fryslân, where Frisian is recognised as an official language in addition to Dutch, we particularly invite submissions focussing on minority and/or small languages. In addition, we look forward to receive proposals focussing on language technology and language variation, on language variation on social media, and on language variation in multilingual communities.  

Individual papers will be 20 minutes each, followed by a 10-minute discussion. Posters presentations will be staged in dedicated sessions. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, including title and references. Deadline for abstract submission is extended to 1 November 2018. Authors of individual papers and posters will receive a notification of acceptance on 15 January 2019. Go to to find more detailed instructions and submit your abstract.





A detailed programme will be announced later.



Registration for ICLaVE|10 opens on 15 January 2019.


Edited volume

Benjamins traditionally publishes a collection of papers from ICLaVE in its Studies in Language Variation series. A copy of the volume is included in the registration fee and will be sent to all participants upon publication.



Getting to Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden is a two-hour train ride from Schiphol Airport. Direct connections from Schiphol Airport leave every hour at –.34. Alternatively, trains from Schiphol Airport to Groningen leave every hour at –.04; these offer a cross-platform change to Leeuwarden at Zwolle.

For participants from South East England (London-Southend), Southern Germany (Munich) or Denmark (Copenhagen), flights to Groningen Airport Eelde may be a convenient alternative. From here, Leeuwarden is easily accessibly by car or by train.


About Leeuwarden/Fryslân

Leeuwarden/Ljouwert is the capital of the bilingual province of Fryslân. Here, Frisian is recognised as an official language in addition to Dutch. Frisian may be used in courts and in communication with the government, and is part of the primary and secondary school curriculum. It is estimated that Frisian is the first language for just over 50% of the inhabitants of Fryslân. This proportion has slowly decreased over the last decades, leading UNESCO to classify Frisian as 'vulnerable'. In addition to Frisian and Dutch, various Frisian dialects, Low-Saxon dialects, Dutch-Frisian contact varieties and immigrant languages are spoken.


Venue and accommodation

ICLaVE10 will be held in WTC Westcord Hotel in Leeuwarden.

We have prebooked hotel rooms at both the conference location and other hotels in Leeuwarden. In due time we will provide information on how to book your accommodation.



Local organizers

Hans Van de Velde (chair, Fryske Akademy)
Nanna Haug Hilton (co-chair, University of Groningen)
Richard de Boer (website, Fryske Akademy)
Jelske Dijkstra (Fryske Akademy)
Liesje Haanstra (secretary, Fryske Akademy)
Wilbert Heeringa (Fryske Akademy)
Lysbeth Jongbloed-Faber (Fryske Akademy/Maastricht University)
Remco Knooihuizen (University of Groningen)
Anne Merkuur (Fryske Akademy/University of Amsterdam)
Joop Petter (treasurer, Fryske Akademy)
Marjoleine Sloos (Fryske Akademy)
Nika Stefan (Fryske Akademy/University of Amsterdam)


National advisory committee

Sjef Barbiers (Leiden University)
Leonie Cornips (Maastricht University/Meertens Institute)
Stefan Gondelaers (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Frans Hinskens (VU Amsterdam/Meertens Institute)
Anne-France Pinget (Utrecht University)
Jos Swanenberg (Tilburg University)


Scientific committee

Peter Auer (FRIAS/University of Freiburg)
Isabelle Buchstaller (University of Leipzig)
Frans Hinskens (VU Amsterdam/Meertens Institute)
Paul Kerswill (University of York)
Tore Kristiansen (University of Copenhagen)
Beat Siebenhaar (University of Leipzig)
Eivind Torgersen (Sør-Trøndelag University College)
Stavroula Tsiplakou (University of Cyprus)
Juan Andrés Villena Ponsoda (University of Malaga)
Lena Wenner (Uppsala University)



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The Fryske Akademy focuses on scientific research into the Frisian language, multilingualism and regional history. We publish books, develop language tools, and organize symposiums, lectures and conferences. The Fryske Akademy was founded in 1938 and is affiliated with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) since 1990. 

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