49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

31st August – 3rd September 2016

University of Naples Federico II


The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) and The University of Naples Federico II are pleased to announce the 49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2016), to be held in Naples, 31st August – 3rd September 2016, and would like to invite you to submit workshop proposals, papers and posters to the conference.

SLE meetings provide a forum for high-quality linguistic research from all (sub)domains of linguistics. The upcoming edition of the SLE meeting will also host a round table of experts to discuss topics of special linguistic interest. The SLE 2016 round table bears the title ‘Multilingualism in a Changing Europe: Theoretical and Empirical Issues’.

The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2016. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be by 31 March 2016.


  • Martin Haspelmath (MPI-SHH Jena/Leipzig) (Presidential address)
  • Delia Bentley (University of Manchester)
  • Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Institute, Amsterdam)

Round Table

Multilingualism in a Changing Europe: Theoretical and Empirical Issues:

  • Durk Gorter (University of the Basque Country EHU/UPV)
  • Suzanne Romaine (FRIAS, Freiburg/Hawaii)
  • Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh)


GENERAL SESSION PAPERS, POSTERS AND WORKSHOP PAPERS. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2016. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2016.

Abstracts are submitted via Easychair. Some guidelines about how to submit your abstract can be found here.

Abstracts should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. They should not contain the names of the presenters, nor their affiliations or addresses, or any other information that may reveal their authorship. They should not exceed 500 words (excluding references). Abstracts should have the same title as the entry submitted via Easychair.

Whereas general session papers can deal with any topic in linguistics, workshop papers should take into account the topic of the workshop proposal, and are usually pre-selected by the workshop convenors. If the abstract is by a keynote speaker at a workshop, please insert “keynote paper” in your abstract so that the paper can be reviewed as an introductory paper to a workshop. The list of workshops can be found on the conference website.

SUBMITTING MULTIPLE PAPERS. One person may submit a single-authored abstract, a single-authored abstract and a co-authored one (not as first author), or two co-authored abstracts (only one as first author).

Presentations will last 20 minutes, allowing 10 minutes for discussion and room changes.



The SLE 2016 meetings will have one poster session for both senior and junior researchers. In order to foster interaction, all other sessions will be suspended during the poster session and will be displayed in a gathering area. Posters may remain available during the rest of the conference. The maximum size of the poster is 1.10 m (vertical) x 1 m (horizontal). For more information about how to make a good poster, click here.



Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by three referees. Workshop abstracts receive two evaluations by Scientific Committee members and one by the workshop convenors. Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by three members of the Scientific Committee. The threshold for acceptance is the same for general session papers, poster and workshop abstracts.



At SLE conferences there are prizes for the following categories (see SLE 2014 and SLE 2015 awards):

  1. best oral presentation by a PhD student,
  2. best oral presentation by a postdoc, and
  3. best poster.

PhD students should not have completed their PhD before the conference. Postdocs should have completed their PhD not earlier than January 2013. All posters may be eligible for the best porter prize.

Of all the candidate papers, the papers with a highest score will be shortlisted in each of the three categories. A shortlisted paper may be co-authored. Co-authored papers in categories i) and ii) above, should be presented at the conference by the nominee author, who would also have to be the first author of the paper.

The first the prize in each category is 500 Euros, and the 2nd and 3rd prizes, a three-year SLE membership.

Applicants can mark the option for each of the prize categories upon abstract submission.



15 January 2016: deadline for submission of all abstracts
31 March 2016: notification of paper acceptance
1 April 2016: early bird registration starts
1 May 2016: full fee registration starts
31 May 2016: closing registration date for participants with a paper


Registration will open on 1 April 2016. SLE meetings are member-only conferences. That is, all participants with a paper in the program will have to be or become members of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. The early bird conference fee for members is 170 Euros.


There will be a reception in the city centre (included in the registration fee), a city walk and a conference dinner. On Saturday afternoon there will be a post-conference excursion.


Naples is easily reached by air, train, coach and sea. There is an international airport (Napoli Capodichino) not far from the city centre, with direct daily connections to main European hubs. There is also an international train station, with high-speed train connections to other Italian cities.

The conference venue will be Centro Congressi unina, Via Partenope 36.


Chair of the general session: Maria Josep Cuenca (Valencia)

Chair of workshops: Bert Cornillie (Leuven)

Members: Werner Abraham (Wien – München), Karin Aijmer (Gothenburg), Laura Alba-Juez (UNED, Madrid), Azeb Amha (Leiden), Peter Arkadiev (Moscow), Behrooz Mahmoodi Baktiari (University of Tehran), Nicolas Ballier (University Paris 7- Diderot), Jóhanna Barðdal (Bergen), Valeria A. Belloro (Querétaro, México), Paola Benincà (Padua), Marcela Bertuccelli (Pisa), Ronny Boogaart (Leiden), Kasper Boye (Copenhagen), Wayles Browne (Cornell University), Anne Carlier (Lille), Carole Chaski (Institute for Linguistic Evidence), Michela Cennamo (Naples), Denis Creissels (Lyon), Concepción Company (Mexico), Mily Crevels (Leiden), Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Kristin Davidse (Leuven), Stuart Davis (Indiana), Philippe De Brabanter (Paris), Walter De Mulder (Antwerp), Nicole Delbecque (Leuven), Pierpaolo Di Carlo (University of Florence), Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk (Poznań), Andrés Enrique-Arias (Illes Balears), Victoria Escandell-Vidal (UNED, Madrid), Małgorzata Fabiszak (Poznań), Claudia Fabrizio (University of Chieti-Pescara), Teresa Fanego (Santiago de Compostela), Kazuhiko Fukushima (Kansai Gaidai University), Livio Gaeta (Turin), Antonio García Gómez (Alcalá), María del Pilar García Mayo (Basque Country), Francesco Gardani (Vienna), Spike Gildea (Oregon), Alessandra Giorgi (Venice), María de los Ángeles Gómez González (Santiago de Compostela), Francisco Gonzálvez (Almería), Stefan Th. Gries (UCSB), Kleanthes K. Grohmann (Cyprus), Eitan Grossman (Jerusalem), Salomé Gutiérrez (CIESAS), Eva Hajičová (Prague), Björn Hansen (Regensburg), Martin Hilpert (Neuchâtel), Hans Henrich Hock (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Elly Ifantidou (Athens), Johannes Kabatek (Zürich), Gunther Kaltenböck (Wien), Simin Karimi (University of Arizona), Olga Kepinska (Leiden), Mikhail Kissine (Bruxelles), Seppo Kittilä (Helsinki), Hannes Kniffka (Bonn University), Martin Kohlberger (Leiden), Björn Köhnlein (Leiden), László Komlósi (Pécs), Bernd Kortmann (Freiburg), Lívia Körtvélyessy (Kosiče), Gitte Kristiansen (Complutense, Madrid), Martin Kümmel (University of Jena), Karen Lahousse (Leuven), Lior Laks (Bar-Ilan University), Meri Larjavaara (Turku – Åbo), Pierre Larrivée (Caen Basse-Normandie), David Lasagabaster (Vitoria), Nikolaos Lavidas (Thessaloniki), María Luisa Lecumberri (Vitoria-Gasteiz), Elisabeth Leiss (Munchën), María Rosa Lloret (Barcelona), María José López Couso (Santiago de Compostela), Nobuo Ignacio Lopez-Sako (Universidad de Granada), Lucía Loureiro-Porto (Balearic Islands), Andrej Malchukov (Mainz), Theodore Markopoulos (University of Patras), Francesca Masini (Bologna), Belén Méndez-Naya (Santiago de Compostela), Helle Metslang (Tartu), Amina Mettouchi (Paris), Katarzyna Miechowicz-Mathiasen (Poznań), Laura Minervini (Naples, Federico II), Edith Moravcsik (Wisconsin), Henrik Høeg Müller (Copenhagen), Nicola Munaro (Venice), Pieter Muysken (Nijmegen), Akiko Nagano (Tohoku University), Nicole Nau (Poznań), Jan Nuyts (Antwerp), Miren Lourdes Oñederra (Vitoria-Gasteiz), Carita Paradis (Lund), Paola Pietrandrea (Roma III), José Pinto de Lima (Lisbon), Vladimir Plungjan (Moscow), Lola Pons Rodríguez (Sevilla), Chris Reintges (University Paris-Diderot), Eric Reuland (Utrecht), Nikolaus Ritt (University of Vienna), Anna Roussou (Patras), Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza (Logroño), Cinzia Russi (Austin), Andrea Sansò (Insubria), Stephan Schmid (Zürich), Elena Seoane-Posse (Vigo), Petra Sleeman (Amsterdam), Elena Smirnova (Hannover), John Charles Smith (Oxford), Augusto Soares da Silva (Braga), Andrew Spencer (Essex), Dejan Stosic (Toulouse 2), Cristina Suárez-Gómez (Illes Balears), Jarmila Tárnyiková (Olomouc), Villy Tsakona (Democritus University of Thrace), Catherine Travis (Canberra), Salvador Valera (Granada), Dorien Van De Mieroop (Leuven), Johan van der Auwera (Antwerp), Elly Van Gelderen (Arizona), Henk van Riemsdijk (Tilburg), Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (Brussels), Arie Verhagen (Leiden), Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven), Letizia Vezzosi (Perugia), Nigel Vincent (Manchester), Jacqueline Visconti (Genova), Ferdinand von Mengden (Berlin), Søren Wichmann (EVA – Leipzig), Bartosz Wiland (Poznań), Dominique Willems (Ghent), Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (Zürich), Magdalena Wrembel (Poznań), Fernando Zúñiga (Bern), Paulina Zydorowicz (Poznań)..


Chair of the local organising committee: Michela Cennamo (Naples)

SLE Conference Manager: Ana Díaz-Negrillo (Granada)

SLE Conference Assistant: Eva M. Gómez-Jiménez (Jaén)

SLE Treasurer: Dik Bakker (Amsterdam)