53rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

26–29th August 2020

University of Bucharest

The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) and the University of Bucharest are pleased to announce the “53rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2020)”, to be held in Bucharest, 26–29 August 2020.

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 deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2020. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be by 31 March 2020.


  • Teresa Fanego (Santiago de Compostela) Presidential address
  • Adam Ledgeway (Cambridge)
  • Anne Wolfsgruber and Iker Salaberri (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Public University of Navarre), winners of the Best Postdoc paper

and Theresa Matzinger (University of Vienna), winner of the Best PhD paper at SLE 2019 (Leipzig).

ROUND TABLE Formal and functional approaches to grammatical variation, moderator Alexandra Cornilescu (Bucharest)



Workshops will be organized in 20 minute slots (20 min. presentation, 5 min. discussion, 5 min. room change). Workshops will contain either 10 or 15 slots (1 or 1.5 days). Each workshop comprises:

  1. an introductory paper by the convenor(s) or by a keynote speaker, which summarizes previous research, specifies the approach(es) to be taken and sets the scope of the papers to be presented.
  2. eight papers (1 day) or thirteen papers (1.5 day).
  3. a slot for a final discussion on the topics covered by the papers, methodological issues and questions for future research.

Further details can be discussed with the SLE Conference Manager (

Workshop proposals must contain:

  1. a description of the topic and research questions (between 900 and 1.100 words).
  2. five keywords
  3. a (provisional) list of workshop participants and their provisional abstracts (max. 300 words per abstract); at least 8 abstracts for a short workshop, at least 13 abstracts for a long workshop. It is advised to submit 2-3 more.

Workshop convenors are encouraged to announce their proposal on the conference website (please send it to the conference manager and on the LinguistList as a session of SLE 2020 (for detailed instructions how to do this, see below), as well as other fora in the linguistic area of the workshop.

Workshop proposals must be submitted as one file in pdf and be sent to the chair of SLE workshops Jacek Witkos ( and to the Conference Manager (

ATTENTION: The deadline for the submission of workshop proposals is 20 November 2019. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be by 15 December 2019. After a workshop proposal has been accepted, the convenors will be requested to invite all preliminary workshop participants to submit their full abstracts in Easychair before 15 January 2020. The link for workshop abstract submission will be available in the Third Call for Papers (published by 15 December). Accepted workshop proposals will be published on the conference webpage. Other authors interested in the workshop may submit their papers to the workshop at the conference general call. Finally, all abstracts submitted to the workshop in Easychair will be reviewed individually by the Scientific Committee and the workshop convenors.



The deadline for all abstracts is 15 January 2020. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2020.

Abstracts are submitted via Easychair. Some guidelines about how to submit your abstract can be found here. To submit your abstract, please click on the link below. Please note that submitters have to be SLE members to submit an abstract. For SLE membership, please click here. Abstracts submitted by non-members will not be considered.

>>> Easychair submission link.

Abstracts should clearly state the 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 could reveal their authorship. They should not exceed 500 words (including examples, excluding references). Abstracts should have the same title as the entry submitted via Easychair. Some guidelines about how to write a good abstract can be found under the tab “How to write a good abstract”.

Presentations will last 20 minutes, allowing 5 min. for discussion, 5 min. for speaker and changes.

SUBMITTING MULTIPLE PAPERS. In order to guarantee diversity, one person may be the first author of only one submission of any kind (workshop paper, general session paper, poster, or workshop proposal); nobody is allowed to present or co-present more than two papers at an SLE conference (including workshop). You can co-author more than two papers but you cannot figure among the co-presenters at the conference (i.e. if you co-author more than two papers, you will have to play a background role).

Presentations will last 20 minutes, allowing 5 min. for discussion, 5 min. for speaker and changes.



The SLE 2020 meeting will have one or two poster sessions for both senior and junior researchers. In order to foster interaction, all other sessions will be suspended during the poster session. Posters will be displayed in a gathering area and may remain available during the rest of the conference. The maximum size of the poster is usually 1.20 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 Programme 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 Programme Committee. The threshold for acceptance is the same for general session papers, posters and workshop papers.



At SLE conferences there are prizes for the following categories (see SLE 2019 awards):

  • best oral presentation by a PhD student,
  • best oral presentation by a postdoc, and
  • best poster.

Applicants can mark the option for each of the award categories in Easychair upon abstract submission.


PhD students should not have completed their PhD before the conference. Postdocs should have completed their PhD not earlier than three years before the year of the conference (for example 2018 for the SLE 2020 conference). All posters will be eligible for the best poster prize.

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, who will also have to be the first author of the paper.


The first prize in each of the three categories is 500 Euros. The winners of the first prizes in the PhD and Postdoc categories are also awarded a 20+5 mins. plenary talk at SLE 2021 (Athens). The 2nd and 3rd prizes will receive a three-year SLE membership.



20 November 2019: workshop proposals submission deadline

15 December 2019: notification of workshop acceptance

15 January 2020: deadline for submission of all abstracts

31 March 2020: notification of paper acceptance

1 April 2020: early bird registration starts

1 May 2020: full fee registration starts

31 May 2020: closing registration date for participants with a paper

21 July 2020: closing registration date for participants without a paper, and for co-authors of papers were at least one author has already registered.

Please note that papers for which none of the authors has registered by 31 May will not be scheduled. The schedule will be published online in June after the registration deadline. The schedule will then be modified only in the event of cancellations.


Registration will open on 1 April 2020. SLE meetings are member-only conferences. That is, all participants will have to be(become) members of the Societas Linguistica Europaea so as to be able to register.


There will be a reception on Wednesday evening (included in the registration fee), a walking tour in the Bucharest historical city centre (included in the registration fee) and a conference dinner and party on Friday evening (not included in the conference fee). On Saturday afternoon and on Sunday, there will be a number of activities: trips to important Romanian historical and cultural landmarks (Prahova Valley, The Peleș Castle) and activities in Bucharest (a visit to The Palace of the Parliament [the second largest building in the world], a visit to Ceaușescu’s private residence and the nomenklatura neighbourhood, Primăverii, etc.)  (not included).



Bucharest is the capital city and largest city of Romania. The best way to get to Bucharest is by airplane to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport, also known as Otopeni Airport (ă_International_Airport). Other ways to get to the city is by train or by bus; however, due to old infrastructure, trains are really slow, hence we honestly discourage you from choosing train transportation


1) By public transport

There’s only one public airport in Bucharest which is connected to downtown Bucharest through two bus lines: 780 (terminus at North Railway Station – Gara de Nordin Romanian) and 783 (terminus at Union Square / Piața Unirii), both operated by the Bucharest Transport Company (abbreviated STB in Romanian). To get to the buses, as you exit the security area, go straight to the escalator (without getting out of the terminal), get one level down and you should find the bus stop there. There’s a 24-hour open ticket kiosk.

One trip for 780 or 783 (which are considered express lines) is RON 3.5 (approx. $0.80 / €0.65). One regular trip in Bucharest by STB is RON 1.30. If you plan to travel by public transport more, you may want to buy a rechargeable nameless plastic card (card nenominal). Usually, at the airport they sell the non-rechargeable (paper) cards to tourists, so make sure you specify plastic. The cost of the plastic card is RON 3.7, payable once you buy it. You can then top it up with as much money as you want. 

There’s also an improper train line from Otopeni to Gara de Nord, but we discourage you from using it.

2) By taxi

Make sure you only take a cab ordered from the taxi machines to your right as you exit with your luggage (their price should be no more than RON 1.99/km). Very few take cards, so make sure you have cash (and exact change). 

DO NOT, under any circumstances, accept a negotiation with a fake taxi-driver (unfortunately, you won’t be able to ignore them easily, you are perfect targets for them).

3) Using ride sharing apps

In Bucharest, you can use UBER, BOLT (formerly known as Taxify) or, recently, YANGO. Prices are dynamic, but acceptable and they’re easy to use, as you just put in your card details and you’re all set.


Romania’s national currency is leu (or RON). The plural is lei. All shops and stores take lei. In more touristic areas, euros or dollars may be accepted (at a disadvantageous rate). Exchange offices are available everywhere downtown, and their commission is, by law, 0%. Banks also can change your money. Cards and contactless payments are accepted virtually everywhere, as long as they bear the logo of Visa, Maestro or Mastercard. American Express may be accepted in some places (especially international brands), but Discover, JCB or Diner’s Club are virtually unknown and unaccepted.


All the activities of the Bucharest SLE meeting will be held at the Faculty of Law, which is in the city centre at the address 36-46 Mihail Kogălniceanu. The venue is easily reachable by bus, trolley, tram and subway.



Information on accommodation and a selection of hotels with special arrangements for SLE 2020 will be published later on the conference website. In any case, given that the venue is extremely central and easy to get to by all means of public transportation, accommodation in any hotel in the central area is fine.



Chair of workshops: Jacek Witkoś (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań)

Chair of the general session: Eitan Grossman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Members: Werner Abraham (Vienna/Munich), Karin Aijmer (Gothenburg), Shanley Allen (Kaiserslautern), Cormac Anderson (MPI-SHH), Reili Argus (Tallinn), Mira Ariel (Tel Aviv), Gilles Authier (EPHE, Paris), Jóhanna Barðdal (Ghent), Edith L. Bavin (La Trobe), Dorothee Beermann (NTNU, Trondheim), Valeria Belloro (Querétaro), Theresa Biberauer Cambridge /Stellenbosch), Walter Bisang (Mainz), Anna Bondaruk (Lublin), Kasper Boye (Copenhagen), Wayles Browne Cornell University), Concepción Cabrillana (Santiago de Compostela), Anne Carlier (Paris), Michela Cennamo (Naples), Bernard Comrie (Santa Barbara), Denis Creissels (Lyon), Sonia Cristofaro (Pavia), Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Pierluigi Cuzzolin (Bergamo), Östen Dahl (Stockholm), Andriy Danylenko (Pace Univ.), Jesus De La Villa (Madrid), Walter De Mulder (Antwerp), Nicole Delbecque (Leuven), Adina Dragomirescu (Romanian Academy, Bucharest), Michael Dunn (Uppsala), Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk (Poznań), Martin Ehala (Helsinki), Victoria Escandell-Vidal (UNED), Urtzi Etxeberria (CNRS-IKER), Caleb Everett (Miami), Thorhallur Eythorsson (Iceland), Malgorzata Fabiszak (Poznań), Benjamin Fagard (CNRS), Teresa Fanego (Santiago de Compostela), Ad Foolen (Nijmegen), Livio Gaeta (Torino), Maria Del Pilar Garcia Mayo (Basque Country), Antonio Garcia-Gomez (Alcalá), Michalis Georgiafentis (Athens), Klaus Geyer (Southern Denmark), Anna Giacalone (Pavia), Chiara Gianollo (Bologna), Spike Gildea (Oregon), Alessandra Giorgi (Venice), Francisco Gonzalvez Garcia (Almería), Stefan Th. Gries (UCSB), Eitan Grossman (Jerusalem), Eva Hajicova (Prague), Camiel Hamans (Poznan), Bjorn Hansen (Regensburg), Alexander Haselow (Rostock), Martin Haspelmath (MPI-SHH), Katharina Haude (CNRS), Dag Haug (Oslo), Lars Hellan (NTNU, Trondheim), Eugen Hill (Köln), Hans Henrich Hock ( Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Richard Huyghe (Fribourg), Aritz Irurtzun (CNRS-IKER), Andra Kalnača (Riga), Katalin E. Kiss (Hungarian Academy, Budapest), Seppo Kittila (Helsinki), Ekkehard Koenig (Berlin), , Bernd Kortmann (Freiburg), Livia Kortvelyessy (Kosice), Gitte Kristiansen (Madrid), Martin Kummel (Jena), Meri Larjavaara (Åbo Akademi, Helsinki), Pierre Larrivee (Caen), Elisabeth Leiss (Munich), Diana Lewis (Aix-Marseille), Suliko Liiv (Tallinn), José Lima (Lisboa), Maria-Rosa Lloret (Barcelona), Maria Jose Lopez-Couso (Santiago de Compostela), Lucia Loureiro-Porto (Balearic Islands), Silvia Luraghi (Pavia), Ian Maddieson (New Mexico), Andrej Malchukov (Mainz), Francesca Masini (Bologna), Dejan Matic (Münster), Belen Mendez Naya (Santiago de Compostela), Helle Metslang (Tartu), Amina Mettouchi (EPHE/CNRS-LLACAN), Susanne Maria Michaelis (Leipzig), Matti Miestamo (Helsinki), Marianne Mithun (Santa Barbara), Liljana Mitkovska (FON), Edith Moravcsik (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Nicola Munaro (Venice), Pieter Muysken (Radboud), Maria Napoli (Eastern Piedmont), Kiki Nikiforidou (Athens), Tatiana Nikitina (CNRS), Jan Nuyts (Antwerpen), Karl Pajusalu (Tartu), Marco Passarotti (Milan), Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou (Thessaloniki), Thomas Payne (Oregon), Vladimir Plungian (Moscow), Lola Pons-Rodriguez (Seville), Rodrigo Pérez-Lorido (Oviedo), Angela Ralli (Patras), Eric Reuland (Utrecht), Nikolaus Ritt (Vienna), Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada (Alberta), Anna Roussou (Patras), Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza Ibanez (Rioja), Cinzia Russi (Texas at Austin), Andrea Sansò (Insubria), Barbara Schlücker (Leipzig), Stephan Schmid (Zürich), Ilja Serzant (Leipzig), Magda Sevcikova (Prague), Petra Sleeman (Amsterdam), Elena Smirnova (Neuchâtel), John Charles Smith (Oxford), Augusto Soares Da Silva (Braga), Andrey N. Sobolev (St. Petersburg), Andrew Spencer (Essex), Elisabeth Stark (Zurich), Sabine Stoll (Zurich), Cristina Suarez-Gomez (Balearic Islands), Inesa Šeškauskienė (Vilnius), Catherine Travis (Canberra), Beata Trawinski IDS Mannheim), Jarmila Tárnyiková (Olomouc), Johan van der Auwera (Antwerp), Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (Leuven), Arie Verhagen (Leiden), Anna Verschik (Tallinn), Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven), Letizia Vezzosi (Florence), Nigel Vincent (Manchester), Jacqueline Visconti (Genoa), Ferdinand von Mengden (Berlin), Søren Wichmann (Leiden), Björn Wiemer (Mainz), Jacek Witkos (Poznan), Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (Jerusalem), Magdalena Wrembel (Poznan), Il-Il Yatziv-Malibert (INALCO), Sarka Zikanova (Prague).



Chair of the local organising committee: Alexandru Nicolae (University of Bucharest),   

SLE Conference Manager: Olga Spevak (University of Toulouse),

SLE Treasurer: Lachlan Mackenzie (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam),

SLE Secretary: Bert Cornillie (KU Leuven),

How to announce a Workshop on the Linguist List:

Go to and select: “Conferences” > “Submit conference info” > step 1: select August 2020 > submit > step 2: select “53rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea” > at step 3: Enter information, go to Session information and click on “Add session”. Fill in the required fields, upload your proposal by clicking on “Add session call” and submit. Linguist List session calls are limited to 3.800 characters (all included).