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Abstract submission for the 20th International Congress of Linguists is now CLOSED.

Authors can still access the abstract portal to view their submitted abstracts.


Now Open: Abstract preparation period
Now Open: Online submission 
24 July 2017: Deadline for abstract submission Extended to 31 August 2017 CLOSED
31 October 2017: CLOSED

All abstract notifications have been sent.  If you have not received an e-mail (some emails are blocked by universities/institutions) you can also see the status in the abstract portal. 

Log into the Abstract Portal with your unique login details. (If you have forgotten your login details, please contact Simone Solomons ( Feedback my take a few days since the ICL20 Cape Town office will be closed between 15 December and 8 January 2018 for the festive season.

Once you have gained access to your abstract profile, select the "Edit Abstracts" tab. You will then be able to see the status of your abstract (i.e. "Accepted Oral Presentation").

Abstract Criteria

  • An abstract can be submitted as an individual paper (in a “paper session”) or it can be linked to a workshop
  • Abstracts should be between 200 to 350 words.
  • Abstracts should not include any images or diagrams
  • As English is the working language of the congress, we regret that we can only receive abstracts written in English
  • Workshops may be cancelled, merged, or shortened if insufficient abstracts are received and accepted in the specific workshop.
  • Generally, it is expected that delegates would not present more than one single-authored paper in the conference.
  • Exceptions will be made in the case of papers with multiple authorships, invitations to make an additional presentation at a workshop by a workshop convenor, or senior scholars making an additional presentation with a junior colleague or student.
  • There will be a poster session at the conference. Students still working on their PhDs are encouraged to present in this session. The Programme Committee might re-direct some paper (oral) abstracts to the poster session.

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts can now be submitted through the online submission portal.
Authors will be required to create a user account to be able to proceed to submission.
It is possible to create and save a draft of the abstract and then return later to submit.
Please note that after submission, no changes can be made.

Heading: Please do not type all letters of the heading in capital letters. Please use sentence case.
Abstract Text: You can prepare your text in MS Word and cut and paste into the text box, or you can type directly in the abstract text box.
Paragraph breaks: Please use paragraph breaks where necessary



Abstract Themes

Individual Presentation (“Paper sessions”):

  • Historical Linguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Sociolinguistics of Variation and Change
  • Morphology and Syntax (includes a Typology stream)
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Semantics and Pragmatics (includes a Lexicography stream)
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Multilingualism, Education, Policy and Development
  • Migration, Globalisation and Language
  • General Topics


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