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53rd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics

Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 12:00 AM (EDT) to Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1:00 AM (EDT)

Event Details

Theme: "Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Linguistics"
3 - 5 September 2020
Northumbria University, UK
BAAL 2020 will be held at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Our theme, ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Linguistics’, aims to open up space for discussion of the future of our discipline and its contribution to the world around us. In what are perhaps both turbulent and challenging, but also thought-provoking and motivating, times we hope the conference theme will encourage proposals from across the field, and that conference papers, discussions and networking will enable cross-disciplinary connections to form. The interests of our local organising committee itself, for example, range from language teaching and learning to forensic linguistics, from language policy to teacher development, and from cognitive linguistics to language and migration; and we hope that BAAL 2020 deals with challenges and debates in these areas and many more.
The BAAL 2020 Conference is hosted by English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Humanities of Northumbria University, located in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. A city of character, charm and culture, Newcastle brings together industrial heritage, iconic river bridges, and a love of football alongside classical Georgian architecture, a world famous cultural and nightlife, and strong sense of local identity. Located only 9 miles from the sea (a 20 minute journey on the local Metro railway), and an hour from Scotland and the Lake District, Newcastle is easily accessible by rail, road and air from within the UK and beyond;  Newcastle airport is just 25 minutes from the city centre by public transport.
PLENARY SPEAKERS:                      
David Block - ICREA & Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Zhu Hua – Birkbeck, University of London
Constant Leung – King’s College London
Emma Marsden – University of York (Pit Corder lecture)
BAAL EC INVITED COLLOQUIA:                                  
To be confirmed
Alex Ho-Cheong Leung, Billy Clark, Graham Hall, Nicci MacLeod, Rola Naeb, James Street, Department of Humanities, Northumbria University, UK


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Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics. Papers should offer something new, innovative and of interest to a BAAL audience and paper reporting on research should clearly outline objectives, method(s), and results where appropriate. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.
Maximum abstract length: 300 words
To submit your abstract please use Oxford Abstracts:

If you have not used this system before please register first.   All submissions must be submitted on-line, if you have any queries please contact:

Indicate the type of abstract that you are submitting during the submission process: individual presentation for parallel sessions or a SIG track, poster, or colloquium.
Individual presentation for the parallel sessions
Individual papers have 25 minutes: 20 for the presentation, 5 for questions.
Individual presentation for a Special Interest Group (SIG) track
BAAL has fifteen Special Interest Groups. They are: (1) Corpus Linguistics; (2) Health and Science Communication; (3) Intercultural Communication; (4) Language, Gender and Sexuality; (5) Language and New media; (6) Language in Africa; (7) Language Learning and Teaching; (8) Language Policy; (9) Linguistic Ethnography; (10) Linguistics and Knowledge about Language in Education; (11) Professional, Academic and Work-based Literacies (PAWBL); (12) Testing, Evaluation and Assessment; (13) Vocabulary Studies;  (14) Multlingualism; (15) English as an Additional Language. Each SIG has a ‘track’ of papers at the annual BAAL conference.
If you believe your paper is of interest to a SIG track, you may want to submit it to one of the SIG tracks (all individuals, whether or not officially SIG members, are eligible). The SIG may then wish to include your paper in their track at the annual meeting (i.e., this conference). Submitting your abstract to a SIG track may or may not lead to your paper being included in a SIG track and has no impact on abstract acceptance to the overall conference.
Proposed colloquium
We invite colloquia on particular themes which have relevance to the conference. Colloquia last half a day and consist of a minimum of four papers. Colloquia proposers should plan their half day in four slots, aligned with a schedule of four individual papers. If they wish to include a larger number of papers, they may fit two papers into what would normally be a single presentation slot. Colloquia papers should cohere. The order of the papers should not be changed after acceptance. An abstract for the colloquium introduction is required along with abstracts for each paper within the colloquium (300 words per abstract).
We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts for posters. We aim to raise the profile of posters at our conference since we value them as equal to other forms of presentation, and we believe that they tend to receive more feedback than individual papers. All posters will be listed in the book of abstracts, and there will be a dedicated area and time slot for discussion of poster presentations. There will also be a £50 prize for best poster displayed at the conference.
During the abstract submission process, you will be asked to indicate whether you want to apply for a scholarship. If so, we will send the scholarship application forms to you by email. Each candidate will also be required to provide two full references plus a list of other conferences they have attended and any other grants/scholarships that they have received for their studies.
BAAL offers 4 conference scholarships (for students or early career researchers, with the latter defined as being within 2 years of PhD completion). Monies from a ring-fenced fund, contributed by donors, will pay for the additional ‘Chris Brumfit scholarship’ of up to £1,000, which is usually targeted at delegates from outside Britain who would not otherwise have funds to do so to attend the BAAL Annual Meeting.
The scholarships will help towards the cost of the conference fee, onsite accommodation for the duration of the conference (where accommodation is graded, the fund will only cover the cost of the cheapest option) and within UK travel (for student/ ECR scholarship), subject to fair use (e.g. no first class travels/ taxi journeys).
If you intend to apply for the scholarship, please download the relevant form from the conference website and send it with the relevant subject title as laid out on the form.