8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English

Date: 26-Sep-2019 – 28-Sep-2019

Location: Bamberg, Germany


We are pleased to announce that the 8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE) will be held from 26 to 28 September 2019 at the University of Bamberg (Germany).

The aim of the BICLCE conference is to encourage communication and academic cross-fertilization between researchers working on all aspects of contemporary English and using different theoretical and methodological frameworks. Previous conferences were held in Edinburgh (2005), Toulouse (2007), London (2009), Osnabrück (2011), Austin TX (2013), Madison WI (2015) and Vigo (2017), along the same lines. We aim for the conference in Bamberg to build on the success of its predecessors. BICLCE 2019 provides a platform for work on contemporary varieties of English from various perspectives. Research papers and workshops may address topics in syntax, morphology, sociolinguistics, semantics and pragmatics, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, as well as phonetics and phonology. Purely historical work is less suitable at this conference, but papers that draw upon diachronic evidence to support studies of present-day English are very welcome.

Please note that the Call for Papers has been closed and that reviewing of abstracts for the main conference programme has been completed. Submissions are still accepted for some of the workshops.

Registration will open on 1 March 2019.



Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)

The UK, Europe and the path to Brexit - the long view: Europe in two centuries of British newspapers.

Anne O‘Keeffe (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)

Using corpus linguistics to profile learner English

Carita Paradis (Lund University)

The new London-Lund Corpus (LLC-2): A window into natural speech in the 21st century

Javier Pérez-Guerra and Elena Seoane (University of Vigo)

Comparative variation in World Englishes: New, (more) newer determinants?

Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (Catholic University of Leuven)

Exploring probabilistic grammar(s) in varieties of English


Contact Person: Katharina Scheiner

Organizing Team: Manfred Krug (Chair of English Linguistics), Jenny Herzky, Gabriele Knappe, Katrin Landwehr, Heinrich Ramisch, Katharina Scheiner, Julia Schlüter, Ole Schützler, Lukas Sönning, Fabian Vetter, Valentin Werner