Call for Papers:47th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL 2014)

7th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics


Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context

4th-6th September 2014

University of Warwick, Coventry

This year’s conference is organised by the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. Warwick is a modern campus university that is currently rated as 3rd in the world in the Quacquarelli Symonds ranking of the top 50 universities under 50 years old. Set in a leafy, self-contained campus, the venue is ideally located within ten minutes from Coventry railway station and central to England’s motorway network with easy access to the M1, M6, M40 and M42. Birmingham airport is 45 minutes away by train. The campus is easily accessible by car and there are regular buses to local tourist attractions such as Kenilworth Castle, Warwick Castle and Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. We promise a memorable social programme which will include our gala dinner and entertainment.

Plenary Speakers:   

Paul Baker, Lancaster University, UK

Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Michael Haugh, Griffith University, Australia

Local organising committee:

Ms Tilly Harrison (

Dr Stephanie Schnurr (

Dr Sue Wharton (

Dr Jo Angouri (

Call for papers & Submission guidelines:

Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics, should be interesting and innovative in some way. They should be scholarly and of academically good quality and indicate clearly objectives, method(s), and results where appropriate. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.


To submit your abstract:

1.     Please go to the conference webpage to submit your abstract:

2.     On abstract submission page, log in to the submission system and start the submission process. An e-mail confirmation of receipt of abstract will be sent to you immediately. Your contact details will be included in the book of abstracts unless you opt out during the submission process.

If you are unable to submit your abstract online, contact Alex Ho-Cheong Leung (


    Title in Times New Roman 12 (do not use all caps, no bold print)

    Text 300 words maximum (including references, if any)

    Times New Roman 12

    Align text left, single-spaced

    Do not use any special fonts, such as bold print or caps (italics fine)

    Do NOT add tables, photos, or diagrams to your abstract

    Do NOT indent your paragraphs, leave one space between paragraphs instead


Indicate the type of abstract that you are submitting during the submission process:

Individual presentation for parallel sessions: Individual papers have 25 minutes: 20 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for questions

Special Interest Group (SIG) track presentation: 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 a track at the annual meeting. 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 conference. BAAL has nine Special Interest Groups. They are

(1) Linguistic Ethnography Forum,

(2) Corpus Linguistics,

(3) Language Learning and Teaching,

(4) Language in Africa,

(5) Gender and Language,

(6) Vocabulary Studies,

(7) Testing, Evaluation and Assessment,

(8) Intercultural Communication,

(9) Language and New Media

Poster: 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.

Colloquium presentation: Colloquium introduction and individual papers within the colloquium must be submitted separately, due to technical constraints. The organiser of the colloquium should first submit colloquium title and introduction along with an overview of paper titles in the colloquium (max 450 words). The paper abstracts of the colloquium should then be submitted by the organiser one by one, entitled “Paper X of colloquium title: paper title” followed by the abstract (max 300 words per abstract). Colloquia have half a day and a minimum of four papers. Colloquia proposers should plan their half day in four slots, in step with the individual paper slots. If they wish to have a larger number of papers, they may fit two papers into what would normally be a single slot. Colloquia papers should cohere. The order of the papers should not be changed after acceptance.


During the abstract submission process, you will be asked to indicate whether you want to apply for a scholarship. If so, choose the scholarship you want to apply for. BAAL offers 4 full conference scholarships (for students or early career researchers, with the latter defined as being within 2 years of PhD completion). Monies from a special ring-fenced fund, contributed by donors, will pay for an additional ‘Chris Brumfit scholarship’. Details of the scholarships can be found on the BAAL website:

If, following the reviewing process, your abstract is accepted, you will be sent a scholarship form to complete. In this form you will be required to explain why you should be considered for the award(s) (in 100 words). 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.

The scholarships are worth up to around £1,000 (this may be flexible depending on the cost of travel for the specific applicant), which goes towards registration, accommodation, meals and travel.


Poster prize – A prize will be given to the best poster presented at the conference. The local organising committee will select poster prize judges from the plenary speakers and leaders of invited colloquia. The winner receives £50.

The Richard Pemberton best postgraduate paper prize – The postgraduate development and liaison co-ordinator together with an ordinary member of the BAAL Executive Committee will draw up a short list and co-ordinate judges for the Richard Pemberton best postgraduate paper prize. The winner receives £50.



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