The LCA initiated the biennial Learner Corpus Research Conferences. The LCR 2021 conference will be held in Padua, Italy on 23-25 September, 2021.

For more info about our previous LCR conferences, see LCR2019, LCR2017, LCR2015, LCR2013, and LCR2011.

The LCA Board already welcomes proposals for the organisation of LCR2023! Please contact María Belén Díez Bedmar, LCA conference officer, for further details.

The LCA also maintains a calendar of events related to learner corpus research. Please send us info about related conferences, workshops, etc via the contact form.

American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL) 2020
Sep 17 – Sep 19 all-day

American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL) 2020
September 18 & 19 with workshops on September 17

Call for Papers


The 15th International American Association for Corpus Linguistics Conference (AACL2020) will take place September 18-19 2020 at Northern Arizona University.  Previous AACL conferences have been held at the University of Michigan (1999, 2005), Northern Arizona University (2000, 2006, 2014), University Massachusetts-Boston (2001), IUPUI (2002), Montclair State University (2004), Brigham Young University (2008), University of Alberta (2009), Georgia State University (2011, 2018), San Diego State University (2013), and Iowa State University (2016).  There will also be a pre-conference workshop day on September 17.

Check out the conference website:



Laurence Anthony, Waseda University

Shelley Staples, University of Arizona

Stefanie Wulff, University of Florida


Main conference general program

Call for papers

We invite contributions relating to all aspects of corpus linguistic research, application, or methods.  There are four categories of proposals (full papers, posters, panels, and pre-conference workshops). All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the conference program committee. We ask that presenters submit only two proposals as first author. The conference will feature three thematic streams in the general program. The thematic streams are as follows:

  1. Linguistic analyses of corpora as they relate to language use (e.g., register/genre variation, lexical and grammatical variation, language varieties, historical change, lexicography)
  2. Application (the use of corpora in language teaching and learning, as well as other applied fields such as testing and legal research)
  3. Tools and methods (corpus creation, corpus annotation, tagging and parsing, corpus analysis software)


Submission categories:

Full papers

Consisting of a 20-minute talk followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Submissions should present completed research where substantial results have been achieved. (Work in progress should be submitted as a poster abstract.)  Abstracts should be 300 words (maximum), excluding the word count for references.


Posters can present either results of completed research or work in progress. We especially welcome poster abstracts that (a) report on innovative research that is in its early phases, or (b) report on new software or corpus data resources.  Abstracts should be 200 words (maximum), excluding the word count for references.


Panels during the main conference offer an opportunity to group related papers together to allow for extended discussions.  Proposals for panels should include the abstracts for the individual presentations (300 words max), together with an introductory abstract (200 words max) introducing the overall goals of the panel.   Panels will be allocated time slots up to a maximum of 2 hours. Please specify the desired length of time for the panel.

Pre-conference Workshops
Half-day pre-conference workshops will take place on Thursday Sept 17.  Abstracts for submission (max. 300 words) should include a complete description of the half-day workshop (max time 3 hours).


Submission guidelines:
Submit abstracts to by January 30, 2020.

Cover page: Author(s) name(s); Affiliation; Contact information; Title; Submission Category and thematic stream

Abstract page: Submission category; Title; Abstract

Format: MS Word or PDF (the latter is necessary if the abstract contains specialized font)

Learner Corpus Research 2021 @ University of Padova
Sep 23 – Sep 25 all-day

The LCR 2021 conference will be held at the University of Padua (Italy), at the Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies.

The international conference for Learner Corpus Research (LCR) is organised under the aegis of the Learner Corpus Association, which brings together researchers, language instructors and software developers with a common interest in the use of learner corpora for research on second language acquisition, as well as for the enhancement of language pedagogy and language assessment. The conference takes place every two years.


Theme: LCR and Language for Academic Purposes


Papers concerning any aspect of Learner Corpus Research are welcome.

Topics that are within the specific scope of LCR 2021 include, but are not necessarily limited to:


  • Language for Academic Purposes (LAP);
  • Language for Specific Purposes (LSP);
  • English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI);
  • English as a Lingua Franca (ELF);
  • Language Teaching, Assessment and Testing;
  • Corpora as pedagogical resources;
  • Multimodal learner corpora;
  • Software for learner corpus analysis;
  • Corpus-based transfer studies;
  • Data mining and other explorative approaches to learner corpora;
  • Statistical methods in learner corpus studies.


Chairs of the organising committee: Erik Castello and Katherine Ackerley (University of Padua)


Other members: Caroline Clark (University of Padua); Francesca Coccetta (Università Ca’ Foscari of Venice); Fiona Dalziel (University of Padua); Marta Guarda (University of Padua); María Belén Díez Bedmar (University of Jaén).


The link to the conference webpage and information about abstract submission will be provided later on.


Confirmed plenary speakers:

Silvia Bernardini (Università di Bologna – Italy) Ken Hyland (University of East Anglia – UK) Anke Lüdeling (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – Germany)



Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies, University of Padua Via Beato Pellegrino, 28

35137 – Padua (Italy)