ALS Call For Papers


The 2016 annual conference of the Australian Linguistic Society was held at Monash University’s Caulfield campus on 7-9 December 2016.

We welcomed submissions on any topic within the fields of general linguistics, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics for the following presentation types:

  • oral presentations: 20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes question time
  • themed sessions: a collection of individually-run related presentations allocated a dedicated 1.5 hour time slot
  • lightning plenary presentations: brief (3 minute) presentations about work in progress or completed projects, with presenters then invited to be available during lunch (with or without a poster) to further discuss their work with those interested. 
  • panel discussions, workshops, colloquia, roundtables, or other innovative sessions

Key dates

Abstract submissions due:  June 30th 2016

Acceptances notified: Early August 2016 (please note that acceptance is conditional until at least one of the named authors registers their attendance)


If you would like to organise a panel, workshop, colloquia, roundtable or other event within the conference, you are encouraged to contact the conference organisers at  

Abstract Submission Requirements for ALS 2016

All abstracts – for presentations, themed sessions, panels/workshops and lightning plenary presentations – will be due by June 30th 2016 and will be anonymously reviewed. Individuals may submit a maximum of one abstract as first author. All submissions should adhere to the requirements specified below. Submissions which do not follow these requirements will not be considered.

Preparing your abstract

Please prepare your abstract according to the following requirements:

  • Document format: Word format (.doc or .docx) required
  • Page Limits: 1 page of text (including title of paper) + 1 page of references, diagrams, figures, tables, and/or example sentences
  • Font: 12 point Times New Roman
  • Margins: 2cm margins on all margins

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. The abstract should not include author names, affiliation, or other identifying information. Be careful that your name and email are not automatically embedded by your word processor.

Submitting your abstract using the conference website

This year all abstracts must be submitted online via the conference website:

The system will ask you:

  • to provide the title of your presentation
  • to select your preferred presentation type (oral presentation, themed session, etc)
  • if you would like to be considered for a short presentation (lightning plenary presentation) if your individual presentation is not accepted
  • if you wish to have your presentation considered for inclusion on the joint day of ALS2016 and ALAA2016 on Wednesday 7 December (please note that we cannot guarantee that your presentation will be scheduled on this day)
  • to enter all author and institution information into an online form
  • to provide 4-5 keywords to describe the content of your proposed presentation
  • to upload your abstract as a single anonymous Word document

Submissions for themed sessions, panels, workshops, or other collaborative sessions will need to include a title for the session as well as the names of all presenters. For such sessions a single abstract for the proposed session may be provided or, alternatively, abstracts for individual speakers may be uploaded. If you are considering submitting a panel, workshop or other themed or collaborative session, you are encouraged to contact the conference organisers ( prior to submission.

Please do not submit your abstract via email.

If you require any help, please email

Reminder about ALS membership

Please note that ALS policy requires that presenters should be members of ALS. For information about membership go to