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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.
Keynote abstract: Leaders of language change: micro and macro perspectives (pdf)

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.
Keynote abstract: Variation squared (pdf)

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.
Keynote abstract: Homo e-loquens (pdf)

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.
Keynote abstract: The moving target of language variation (pdf)


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
10 June 2019Registration closes for presenters. Regular rate ends
26-28 June 2019ICLaVE10 Conference


All authors present at the conference must register and purchase an Early Bird (until 1 April 2019) or Regular (until 10 June 2019) ticket for the 10th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, which is valid for three days (26, 27 and 28 June 2019).  If none of the authors has registered on 10 June 2019, their paper or poster will be removed from the programme.

One day tickets and Late / On Site registration is only possible when you do not present a paper or poster.


Conference rates


Early Bird


Late / On Site


Until 1 April 2019

Until 10 June 2019


Full rate




Student rate




1 day full rate




1 day student rate




Conference dinner




Printed copy book




The conference rate includes:

  • coffee/tea breaks and refreshments
  • lunches
  • full open access to the edited volume with selected papers of ICLave|10 (Studies in Language Variation, John Benjamins)

The conference dinner will be organised at the Westcord hotel on Thursday 27 June 2019. A ticket for the dinner (including drinks during the dinner) costs 50 €. Only a small number of On Site tickets will be available. Dietary requirements can be indicated on the registration form.

Benjamins traditionally publishes a volume of selected papers from ICLaVE in its Studies in Language Variation series. A printed copy of the volume is available for 15 € and will be sent upon publication.

Please note that tickets cannot be reimbursed.


Register here!

Please fill in the form on our special registration page. After you completed the registration form, you will be redirected to the secure bank page of the Fryske Akademy (Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A. [NL]) to complete the payment through internet banking. You can pay with the following cards: VISA, Mastercard, iDEAL.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact the organizing committee on


Edited volume

John Benjamins Publishing Company is changing its publication channels and we decided to reserve part of the registration fee (the same amount as the price for a regular printed copy in the past) to purchase full and immediate open access to the digital volume of selected papers.

If you want to receive a printed copy, you can order one at the price of 15 euro, postage included.




The programme is online now:


As you can see, it is a full programme without any empty slots. It is certainly not a perfect programme, but we did our best to create coherent sessions. We also took into account author’s wishes that were communicated to us.

If you have a problem with the scheduling of your paper, please send an e-mail to

The final version of the programme will be online on 12 June. Bear in mind that you have to register on 10 June at the latest as a participant. Otherwise your paper or poster will be removed from the programme.


Instructions for Presenters at ICLaVE 10 

Poster Presentations

We are happy to inform you that there will be a Best Poster Award of €250, gifted by Languages. The winner will be announced at our closing ceremony on Friday afternoon.

Our poster boards are 147 (width) by 97 (height) centimetres. This means that they fit A0 format posters in a landscape orientation, or A1 in portrait orientation. We expect our poster sessions to be busy and hence recommend the A0 format with a font easily readable from a distance. Tape or tacks for mounting your poster will naturally be provided for you at the conference.


Oral Presentations

Please note that the time slots for talks at ICLaVE 10 are 25 minutes only. This includes the question time and time for room changes. We therefore urge our presenters to prepare presentations of 15-20 minutes. Session chairs will strictly enforce the respect of the schedule, and cut question time short if need be.

A projector and a PC will be available in all conference rooms. The use of personal laptops is possible, but do please bring a VGA or HDMI adapter. Technical staff will be at hand to assist the session chairs and presenters in the break times before each session - do please upload your presentation or check your laptop connection during these times.

It is also wise to take the presentation on a USB stick. If you use film or sound clips in your presentation, please download them in advance, so that they can always be played offline.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch should something be unclear.



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. WTC Expo Leeuwarden is internationally renowned thanks to its easy access, premier class productions and excellent facilities. 

The 2009 renovation and expansion of the WTC Expo complex created a range of in-house conference and meeting rooms, a 4 star WestCord WTC Hotel with 143 hotel rooms, a business club and conference suite, as well as a brasserie, a bar and a first class restaurant lounge bar featuring exquisite views over Leeuwarden.


Special discount for ICLaVE|10

The 4-star WestCord WTC Hotel Leeuwarden, which is also the conference location, offers the guests of IClaVE|10 a special discount rate. 

Comfort Room for only €99,-*
 * Incl. VAT, excl. local tourist taxes (€1,- per night). Breakfast is included.

The Comfort Room is a 32 sqm/m2 comfortable and spacious room. It has a twin bed, bathroom with (rain)shower, bath, and toilet. In addition, the room has a minibar, flatscreen HD TV, a safe, and a Nespresso coffee machine. There is also free wifi, a free gym and free parking.

The room price is based on a single room for one person. You can bring an extra guest, but than there are additional charges (€15,50 per night per person). The WestCord WTC Hotel Leeuwarden has connecting family rooms available upon request.

Booking with discount
Book your room(s) via e-mail and use the special discount code Iclave10.

E-mail your reservations and requests, using the discount code Iclave10, to:

Please note: this discount code is only valid on reservations via e-mail! The code is not valid on the hotel website, on reservations by telephone, or on other booking websites.

Oranje Hotel Leeuwarden – Eden Hotels

The guests of IClaVE|10 are also very welcome at Oranje Hotel. This 4-star hotel is located in the historical centre of Leeuwarden directly opposite the train station. Oranje Hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Guests benefit from an on-site restaurant and terrace. This hotel offers spacious rooms (23m2), air conditioning and coffee and tea facilities. You will have a private bathroom with a modern touch.

From the Oranje Hotel Leeuwarden you can walk to the city centre and discover the shopping streets and museums. Sit down for a cup of tea at 1 of the cafés or make a city walk through Leeuwarden.

E-mail your reservations and requests to:


Other accommodations

The ICLaVE|10 conference hotel is WestCord WTC Hotel Leeuwarden. But the city of Leeuwarden offers you a wide range of possibilities when it comes to an overnight stay, suitable for all budgets.

Our local tourist office VVV Leeuwarden has a website with all the information you need about hotels, hostels, camp sites, camper places, group accommodations, guest houses, B&B's and marinas (in case you want to come by boat).

Please visit for this and much more information about your stay in Leeuwarden. 

Other booking sites:





Our personal favourites

Public transport advice to get around Leeuwarden/Fryslân:

Jelle taxi (phone: 06 4555 4555): (note, Uber does not service here)


Sightseeing in Leeuwarden


Are you ready to go 183 steps up? Climb the Oldehove!

Right in the city center you can find one of the most peculiar sightseeing of the north of the Netherlands: a leaning tower! The construction started in 1529, however what meant to be a 120m church tower, only reached 48m as it began to sink during its construction. The tower was never finished.

Most people visiting Leeuwarden have Oldehove on their bucket-list and locals experience this building as a symbol of the city. If you are up for this experience you will not regret it. Once you start walking up the stairs you start to feel the slope of the tower, but don’t worry! You can rest half way and enjoy the view from the windows. However, we encourage you to continue, because the view at the top is astonishing. Additionally, if you aren’t afraid of heights you can also enjoy the view from a glass floor!

Location, price and a rewarding view truly call for a visit! And if you are not that into stairs, do not miss the outside view of one of the icons of Leeuwarden!

Opening hours and price in June: 13.00 to 17.00 hr./Adults: € 3,50 -Students € 2,50

More info:


Walking or sailing? Get to know the city as you wish!

Leeuwarden is a small city that you can easily wander about, which is certainly fantastic! You don’t need much time to go from one side of the city to the other and you can chose non relaxing ways to do so.

If you are a walker you are really lucky, because Leeuwarden offers free guide tours! The tourist guides are experts in the city and its secrets. Every of them will give you not only a historic description of the city and take you to its more iconic points, but they also are willing to share with you their favorite spots and give you very nice tips to really get to know the city. 

If you prefer to enjoy the nice channels through and around the city your option is "Praamvaren Leeuwarden", although not a free tour, the smooth sailing and the experienced tour guides are worth it. This is a nice option if you just want to rest your legs, relax and see the city.

Walking tour: Check schedule according to your language preference here

Sailing tour:  5 to 8 euros according to the route you choose. More info:


Ready to experience some dreadful minutes inside a jail? Visit Blokhuispoort, the old prison!

Yes, we said Leeuwarden was a small city…but here you can even find a former prison ready to be visited! Blokhuispoort used to be a detention center during the 16th century. Now, it’s a library, a cultural business center and a hostel.

You can book a paid tour and get to know the former jail cells! The tourist guide will tell you all the mysterious stories of such a particular building, they can even let you experience what to be “locked” in a cell is. If you prefer, you can visit the building by yourself for free, just go there and create your own story from what you see, the cells, walls and halls will certainly stimulate your imagination!

There is a nice café and a restaurant, so don’t worry it will be just a visit not a conviction!

For tours’ info and opening hours visit:

Old prison:



Food & Drinks 

Note that it is rare for a restaurant in the Netherlands to not serve vegetarians, all the options below have lovely vegetarian options:

Pannenkoekschip: pancakes, pancakes, pancakes...on a ship!
De Markies: a pub with an impressive variety of different beers

Us Heit: formal dining in a palace 

By Us: a one menu restaurant where you only indicate how many dishes you’d like, really great food!

De Koperen Tuin: a restaurant in the park with Dutch/French/European cuisine

Wannee: A restaurant slightly out of the city run by the restaurant academy: fine dining at a smaller price

Jamuna: Indian food in the city centre

Proefverlof The restaurant in the old prison, they have a varied menu, and gluten free options 

Additionally, if the weather is particularly nice and sunny, you might enjoy some refreshing beverage sitting outside on a terrace.  For this, one might go to the restaurants on the stille kant (quiet side) of the Nieuwstad: in the areas around Gouveneursplein, Onder de Kelders or Blokhuispoort.


Below-mentioned recommendations are for those of you who have a day or two to visit Leeuwarden/Fryslân after Iclave10


Outside Leeuwarden

Visit one or more of the Frisian eleven cities

Leeuwarden is the city where the famous Elfstedentocht, the 235 km ice skating race through the eleven Frisian cities, starts and finishes. The other ten cities are also all worth a visit and most of them are accessible by train. Hindeloopen (Hylpen) is a tiny and extremely charming city in the south of Fryslân which will bring you back centuries. Also Dokkum, Sneek, Franeker and Harlingen are supernice. Some are located at the waterfront, others are home to worldwide unique museums and charming shopping streets (


Visit one of the Frisian islands

We personally think that Vlieland, Terschelling and Schiermonnikoog are the most beautiful Frisian islands. By public transport, Vlieland and Terschelling are the most easy to get to. Just take the train from Leeuwarden to Harlingen Haven and then the ferry ( to one of the islands. Rent a bike to explore the island, stroll through the pitoresque villages, the beautiful sand dunes or just relax on the vast beaches.


Wadden Sea region

The Wadden Sea is the largest tidal flats system in the world. It extends along the coasts of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. Due to its globally unique geological and ecological values, the Wadden Sea is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. Both visiting the nature and the small villages along the Frisian coast will be an enriching experience. Some personal favorites include the beautiful views at Zwarte Haan and Noarderleech, and the villages Peasens-Moddergat and Wierum.


Canoeing in National Parc De Alde Feanen.

A visit to National Parc De Alde Feanen ( starts at the village of Earnewâld, about 15 km from Leeuwarden. Although the official site especially highlights hiking and cycling, we personally think that this National Parc can be best explored in a canoe (



Pier Pander Museum in Leeuwarden

A hidden gem, and closed most of the time. But you can visit it after ICLaVE|10. This museum exhibits the work and life of the Frisian sculptor Pier Pander (1864-1919). Pander was a famous artist in Rome, influenced by the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. He painted the portrait of Queen Wilhelmina ( Opening hours: Saturday & Sunday 13H00 – 17H00


The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics Museum in Leeuwarden.

The museum exhibits the most varied and largest collection of Chinese porcelain in the Netherlands, In addition, the museum is also home to a vast collection of Dutch Art Nouveau and Art Deco ceramics from the period 1880-1930 ( Opening hours Tuesday – Sunday 11H00 - 17H00


Fries Museum in Leeuwarden

Fries Museum tells stories about Friesland’s eleven cities and the countryside, the love-hate relationship that Frisians have with water, and the quest to define Frisian culture and Friesland’s position in the world. Key objects of the collection are treasures excavated from ancient Frisian mounds, 17th- and 18th-century Frisian silverware, and works by the 19th-century painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, works by Old Master painters and 20th-century Frisian artists ( Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11H00 - 17H00


Koninklijk Eise Eisinga Planetarium in Franeker

Grasp your chance to visit the oldest still-functioning planetarium in the world. This accurately moving model of the solar system was built between 1774 and 1781 by the Frisian wool comber, Eise Eisinga and is suspended from the ceiling of the living room of a beautiful canal house in Franeker ( Opening hours: during summer 7 days a week – 11H00 - 17H00




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 (Meertens Institute/Maastricht University)
Stefan Grondelaers (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)



If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail at



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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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.



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.