Seminar on Pragmatic strategies in non-native Englishes at the ESSE CONFERENCE 2016


Seminar on Pragmatic strategies in non-native Englishes


 We are glad to announce a Call for Papers for the Seminar Pragmatic strategies in non-native Englishes (see description below) to be held at the ESSE-13 Conference in Galway (August 22-26 2016).

Interested authors must submit paper proposals (title and 250 word abstract) by February 28, 2016 to the two convenors

Lieven Buysse, KU Leuven (University of Leuven).
ús Romero-Trillo, UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

Paper acceptance will be notified by March 31, 2016.

 Seminar description

Research on non-native speech has long been dominated by an emphasis on lexical and grammatical patterns. At the same time the various types of non-native varieties of English have often been treated from these perspectives too. To broaden the scope, this seminar wishes to explore the variety of discourse pragmatic strategies employed in non-native Englishes, encompassing second language (ESL), learner (EFL) and lingua franca varieties of English (ELF). Papers can focus on any pragmatic feature that helps to shape discourse and/or facilitates interaction (e.g. pragmatic markers, politeness phenomena, prosody). The research must be based on corpus data.

Conference information



Wednesday, August 24 – Saturday, August 27, 2016

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

We are inviting proposals for presentations at Eurosla 26. All areas and approaches of the study of learning second/foreign/additional languages are welcome. The theme of the conference is Looking back, looking forward: Language learning research at the crossroads. Presentations of taking stock of what we have achieved and where we are going in a particular area of study are thus especially welcome. The Language Learning Roundtable will discuss second language learning by a variety of groups in a particular situation, to bring in new views for the Eurosla community. Such new openings are also welcome for the main part of the conference.

The academic programme will consist of presentations by the participants and the invited keynote speakers, as well as the doctoral student workshop on Wednesday, August 24, with feedback from senior researchers. The submission of presentation proposals opens on February 1, 2016, and closes on February 28, 2016. The proposals are submitted by filling in an online form.

Types of presentations: 1) paper, 2) poster, 3) colloquium, with thematically related papers, discussion and audience participation. Also, if you have an idea for a new type of event, please get in touch with the organizers with the outline of your plan.

Length of abstracts: paper or poster (max. 300 words, including references), colloquium (max. 500 words, including titles of papers but no mention of presenters by name. If a colloquium proposal is accepted, an abstract will be requested for each paper, max 300 words.

Length of presentations in the conference:

Paper: 20 min. and 10 min. for discussion and change of rooms

Poster: size AO, max. Presenters will also be given the opportunity to present the main points in a 2 min. (max.) talk.

Colloquium: 90 or 180 min.

Language policy: The working language of the conference is English but presentations are also welcome in other European languages.

Presenter policy: Each participant can appear as the first author of one presentation only. A colloquium convener can also present at the colloquium or elsewhere in the programme.

The proposals for all presentations will be evaluated anonymously by at least two members of the Eurosla Scientific committee. The criteria include the quality of the content and the clarity of the abstract, contribution to the field and thematic relevance.

Presentation acceptances will be sent out by April 25, 2016.

For any queries, please email

The conference is organized back-to-back with Psychology of Language Learning 2: Individuals in Contexts, Monday August 21 – Wednesday, August 24, 2016.  Both events are organized in Jyväskylä, Finland.

We look forward to seeing you in Jyväskylä, Finland, in late August 2016.

Organizing Committee