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Morals and social norms in multilingual performance: Looking beyond the foreign language effect (call for paper)

Last Updated: 17 Oct 2020

Call for Papers International Symposium on Bilingualism ISB 13

The ISB 13 Organizing Committee and the ISB Steering Committee are pleased to announce the 13th International Symposium on Bilingualism. The Symposium will take place on 10-14 July, 2021 at the University of Warsaw in Poland.


The conference theme, “Bilingualism in Flux”, presents bilingualism as a dynamic and multifaceted phenomenon existing on a continuum. The in flux part of the theme is a twofold concept. First, it is understood as relating to non-linguistic circumstances that foster not only diverse, but also transient bilingual communities throughout the world. Nowadays, new waves of migration influence the linguistic status quo and enrich existing environments. Second, it pertains to the very processes taking place in language, a dynamic entity prone to changes. The fluctuating circumstances entail linguistic consequences reflected in the development of the second and further languages, cross-linguistic influence, language attrition, incomplete acquisition, and maintenance of heritage languages. Finally, the conference leitmotif highlights not only the local changes presently taking place in Poland, but also the country’s linguistic heritage .

Proposals that correspond to the theme are particularly eagerly solicited. However, ISB 13 invites submissions in all areas of research in bilingualism and multilingualism (whether linked to the conference theme or not), including but not limited to: linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, applied linguistics, neuropsychology, first and second/ third language acquisition, clinical linguistics, language and education, and multilingual societies.

Keynote speakers include:
Adam Jaworski, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Stephen May, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic, University of Warsaw, Poland
María Luisa Pérez Cañado, University of Jaen, Spain
Christa Van Der Walt, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Abstracts are now solicited for two categories of proposals: individual papers and posters.

Individual papers: Papers are formal presentations on original research or original pedagogy-focused topics by one or more authors, lasting a total of 20 minutes with 5 additional minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length.

Posters: Poster sessions are for displaying original research or pedagogy that offers the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion with others in the field. Posters are especially effective for presenting work-in-progress, fieldwork, and results of empirical research for which data can be presented visually. Posters will be available throughout an entire day of the conference with presenters in attendance for a 90-minute poster session. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length.

Paper and poster proposers will have to complete the proposal process online using the EasyChair application form: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isb13. Once logged in, proposers will have an option to join one of the thematic sections already approved for presentation at the conference. Proposers may also select an open section which will be later grouped thematically by the organizers.

Abstracts should be submitted in English, and the paper or poster may be in one of the three main working languages of ISB 13, i.e. English, Polish, and German.

Abstract submission opens on 15 July, 2020 and ends on 30 November, 2020 (23:59 Central European Time).

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Submissions for thematic sections will be reviewed by section leaders and, if not selected, they will be moved to the open section. Submissions for the open section will be reviewed by the scientific committee. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 28 February, 2021.

Any queries regarding the academic content of the proposals should be addressed to the ISB Organizing Committee via //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the November 30th deadline.


Online registration opens on 15 July, 2020. Further details, including registration fees, will be on the ISB 13 website in due course. Participants appearing in any capacity in the Academic Program must register and pay before 31 May, 2021. Registration and payment takes place through ISB 13 subpages: Registration, Fees & Payment.

The ISB 13 website will be updated regularly with information about the academic and social programs, registration, hotel accommodation. We will also make regular announcements through the ISB mailing list.

Important dates:
Call for individual paper and poster proposals: 15 July, 2020
Deadline for individual paper and poster abstract submission: 30 November, 2020
Notification of acceptance: 28 February, 2021
Final Academic Program: 15 April, 2021
Early Registration and Payment: 15 July, 2020 – 31 January, 2021
Regular Registration and Payment: 1 February – 31 March, 2021
Late Registration and Payment: 1 April – 31 May, 2021
ISB 13: 10–14 July, 2021