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ExLing invites you to the 12th International Conference of Experimental Linguistics in Athens, Greece, from 11th to 13th October 2021.

We will gather in the University of Athens, close to the Acropolis. The nearby National Archaeological Museum houses arguably the most iconic historical artefact specifically related to language: a small amphora from the geometric period in the 8th century depicting one of the world’s earliest alphabets, which defines the spread of alphabets, such as the Greek, Roman and Cyrillic alphabets. The amphitheatre under the Acropolis also hosted poetry, drama and comedy millennia ago; the perfect backdrop to our Society and conference.

ExLing 2021 will facilitate the global exchange of innovative ideas and experimental approaches to language study. Hosting keynote lectures by some of the world’s foremost linguistics scholars, ExLing 2021 brings together leading experts in the application of experimental and computational methods to language study. 

The ultimate objective of the conference is to foreground active participation in current developments of linguistic knowledge with the use of experimental methodologies, as well as to advance interdisciplinary research and international collaboration.

Following our established tradition, ExLing 2021 will host two special sessions, on Language Education and Language Pathology. 

Our keynote speakers represent the cutting-edge in the field. After delivering their lectures, conference participants will have the opportunity to delve deeper into aspects of their current research and methodological approaches through audience discussion.

Ted Gibson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Discourse and processing approaches to syntactic “island” effects

Robert Hartsuiker, Ghent University, Belgium
When are syntactic representations shared across languages?

Charles Hulme, University of Oxford, UK
Interventions to improve children’s early language skills

Martin Pickering, The University of Edinburgh, UK
Understanding dialogue: Language use and social interaction

Kathy Rastle, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
What makes a writing system optimal?

Per the objectives of the 12th edition of the International Conference of Experimental Linguistics, we are welcoming the submission of papers on substantial, original and unpublished research in all aspects of Experimental Linguistics.

The ExLing 2021 will be a hybrid conference involving both onsite and online participation. In addition to keynote lectures, there will be a small number of oral presentations onsite whereas the majority of the presentations will be poster ones. On the other hand, online participation involves the online attendance of accepted abstracts.

All accepted abstracts and thereafter submitted papers, irrespective of the type of participation, will be published online in the ExLing 2021 proceedings series, and selected presentations will be uploaded onto the ExLing YouTube channel.

All experimental disciplines and subjects with reference to the study of language will be considered, with particular interest given to interdisciplinary works, ranging from speech production and language comprehension to cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis.

Researchers of and research groups on experimental linguistics and related disciplines are welcome to submit abstracts to the ExLing 2021 conference.

Submit your one-page abstract by 31 July.

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