22-24 August 2024, Tallinn University, Estonia

Second Call for Abstracts: deadline 5 March 2024

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Language is commonly used towards creating or reflecting inequalities of all sorts and at many levels. In interpersonal discourse, subtle prosodic and lexical choices can be denigratory and divisive. Silences can also be employed towards this end, and so can body language and eye movement. In conflict, including war, language choices are made towards manipulation, othering, and negative propaganda. Globalising Sociolinguistics 3 (GloSoc3) calls out to scholars to join us in discussing this theme in a broad sense. Participants are asked to demonstrate the detrimental workings of subtle language choices, both conscious and less conscious, leading to inequalities. Preference is given to research based on empirical data.


-    Volodymir Kulyk, Head Research Fellow, Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
-    Heiko Marten, Director of the DAAD Information Centre Riga and Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Latvia and Rēzekne Academy of Technologies, Latvia 
-    Reem Bassiouney, Professor and Chair, Department of Applied Linguistics, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
-    Lesley Milroy, Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan, USA, and former professor nd researcher at the University of York, the University of Manchester, and the University of Newcastle, UK
-    Yaron Matras, Honorary Professor at Aston University or Forensic Linguistics (Birmingham, UK)

After the first round of applications and selection of the proposals, we defined the following 10 topics that will constitute the base for thematic panels in the conference programme:

1.     Language attitudes and stereotypes
2.    Sex, gender and power relations
3.    Language(s) in education
4.    Language policies and minority languages speakers
5.    Online communication
6.    Different speech genres
7.    Language(s) in healthcare
8.    Linguistic landscape
9.    Sociolinguistic analysis of literary texts
10.    Media studies and political discourse

During the second round of applications, we invite more researchers to submit their proposals for those panels by March 5, 2024.


Papers need to demonstrate how language choices, both conscious or subconscious, may reflect or perpetuate inequalities. Please send abstracts (200 words, not including references) to sapks@tlu.ee. Give the abstract a title and write down four keywords underneath this title. The overview of keywords below serves as an indicator of the thematic outlines of this conference as well as inspiration for your abstract.

Language and communication Other
acoustics, articulation, dictionaries, discourse analysis, eye contact, kinesics, lexicon, phonetics, pragmatics, pronunciation, prosody, Second Language Acquisition, silences, speech tract position, usage guides, syntax, … business, disability, economy, education, elitism, ethnicity, family relations, habitus, law courts, Pierre Bourdieu, public space, sexual orientation, social mobility, politics, propaganda, solutions, universities, …
Sociolinguistics Inequality
age, codeswitching, dialects, gender identity, indexicalities, language management, language rights, LGBTQ+, Lingua Franca, linguistic landscape, multilingualism, sociolects, street language, poshness, standard language ideology, … ableism, ageism, aggression, conflict, denigration, dictatorship, fear, hostility, intimidation, misgendering, oppression, psychological warfare, racism, slavery, social hierarchies, violence, war, western (or other) gaze …

For each presenter, include (underneath the abstract text): presenter name, university name, and contact details. 

Please mark the topic (or several topics) from the list above you would like to contribute to. If none of the proposed topic suits your presentation, please suggest your own idea for a thematic panel. You can also invite other researchers working in the same field to apply and build a panel of your own.



15 February 2024 – Early Bird Registration starts
5 March 2024 – Deadline for the second round of applications
10 March 2024 – Notifications of acceptance to be sent.
15 March 2024 – Full Rate Registration starts
1 May 2024 – Registration deadline for papers to be included in the programme (at least one of the authors should be registered)
31 May 2024 – Preliminary conference programme’s publication
22-24 August 2024 – Conference days


Early Bird (before 15 March 2024): 80 euro (researchers) or 50 euro (MA/PhD students)
Late registration (after 15 March 2024): 130 euro (researchers) or 80 euro (MA/PhD students)

NB: Researchers/students from countries low on the Human Development Index may apply to have their fees waived. Please apply before 15 March 2024. Up to 10 researchers/students can have their fees waived this way.


  • Kapitolina Fedorova, Tallinn University
  • Dick Smakman, Leiden University
  • Anna Verschik, Tallinn University 
  • Reili Argus, Tallinn University


Selected papers will be published in a volume entitled “The Sociolinguistics of Inequalities”, which will be edited by the organisers and offered to Routledge as a follow-up of four earlier volumes on the theme of Globalising Sociolinguistics: