Linguistics at Newcastle

Postgraduate Conference

Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics


The 12th Newcastle upon Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics is presented by Newcastle University and Northumbria University.

We're pleased to announce the 12th Newcastle-upon-Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics. It will take place on Friday 31 March 2017, 09:00 – 18:15, at Newcastle University.

View the 12th conference programme.

Guest speakers

We're delighted to announce that our invited speakers for this year's conference are:

  • Professor John Joseph, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Paul Baker, Lancaster University
  • Dr. Elaine Lopez, Newcastle University

Getting here

The conference will be held at Newcastle University. For information about various ways of getting to Newcastle, please see Newcastle University's travel page.

If you have any specific accessibility needs we'll do our best to accommodate them. Please contact us at for details.


There are a number of hotels and hostels in Newcastle. Details can be found online at sites such as:

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Call for Papers

This one-day conference is designed to give linguistics postgraduates from all research areas an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.

We invite postgraduate students from any institution to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations on any area of linguistics; theoretical or applied. 

Please see the Submission Guidelines.

Key dates

The deadline for submission of abstracts has now passed. 

Notification of acceptance: Early February 2017.
Registration: Details to be announced.

Presentation guidelines

Accepted abstracts will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

There will be a dedicated poster session on the day of the conference. Speakers will also be invited to submit their paper for publication in the the Newcastle and Northumbria Working Papers in Linguistics.

Further information

If you have any queries, please email us at

Submission Guidelines

Please follow the detailed guidelines below. These apply to abstracts for both oral and poster presentations.

All the following guidelines apply to abstracts for both oral presentations and poster presentations, except where otherwise stated.

Electronic submissions only. Please send to

Your abstract must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. In addition, you should make sure that your abstract conforms to the formatting guidelines below.

Please send two copies of your abstract file attached to your email. One copy should be anonymous (title and abstract text only) and the other named.

Your named abstract should contain, along with the abstract text itself, the following identifying information:

  • title of abstract
  • author’s name
  • author’s affiliation

The filename of your named abstract should be in the following format: first three words of the title of your abstract_named (e.g. SententialWordOrder_named.docx).

The filename of your anonymous abstract should be in the following format: first three words of the title of your abstract_anon (e.g. SententialWordOrder_anon.docx). 

The email message to which you attach your abstract should contain the subject line: ABSTRACT SUBMISSION. The body of the email message should contain the following information:

  • title of abstract
  • full name
  • affiliation
  • contact email address (if different from the address in the email header)
  • contact telephone number
  • whether the abstract is for an oral presentation or a poster presentation

Lastly, it should contain a primary and (optional) secondary subfield of linguistics from the list below:

  • A. Syntax
  • B. Morphology
  • C. Psycholinguistics
  • D. Phonetics/Phonology
  • E. Language Teaching
  • F.L1 Language Acquisition
  • G.L2 Language Acquisition
  • H. Semantics
  • I. Pragmatics
  • J. Historical Linguistics
  • K. Evolutionary Linguistics
  • L. Stylistics
  • M. Language Variation/Change
  • N. Translation
  • O. Discourse Analysis
  • P. Anthropological Linguistics
  • Q. Computational Linguistics
  • R. Sociolinguistics
  • S. Other (please specify)

Please see our  Abstract Submission Guidelines (PDF: 247KB). And further details for oral and poster presentations below.


Find out how to register and pay for the Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics. Further details will appear here as they are announced.

Registration is now open. 

The registration fee (£20) is inclusive of conference attendance, refreshments and lunch.

View the 12th conference programme.

Registration and payment can be made on the Newcastle University webstore. To do this:

  1. Visit Newcastle University webstore
  2. Register a new webstore account with your email (or login if you have already have an account)
  3. Choose type of conference registration (as outlined above)
  4. Checkout and pay

For enquiries please contact


2017 Conference Report

The 12th Newcastle upon Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics was held in the Research Beehive at Newcastle University on Friday 31st March, 2017.

52 delegates, including students from the UK and overseas, and a number of staff from Newcastle and Northumbria, attended the conference.

A total of 30 presentations (24 oral and 6 poster) were given by PhD students studying in different universities in the UK and Ukraine. These presentations were selected from about 58 abstract submissions, following double-blind review by academic staff at Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham Universities.

The conference was further enriched by the presentations of three plenary speakers. Dr Elaine Lopez from Newcastle University opened the conference with a paper entitled “Linguistic Theory and the Second Language Classroom.” Professor John Joseph, University of Edinburgh, followed this up later in the day with his paper on "How Languages Get (and Lose) their Mojo." In the final plenary session, Professor Paul Baker from Lancaster University gave a paper entitled “Beyond the checkbox: Understanding what patients say in online feedback.”

The day was finished off with further informal discussions at a dinner at Ottoman Restaurant. Most of the delegates and organising committee members made it to Ottoman where they continued to exchange interactions and network among themselves and with Professors John Joseph and Paul Baker.

The conference was organised with generous support from Northumbria University (Graduate School), Newcastle University (School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics) and the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences. A team of PhD students from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities served in the planning committee: Suaad Ambu Saidi, Kingsley Oluchi Ugwuanyi, Hanna Sliashynskaya, Sahar Naeem Alkaab, Hana Ehbara, Chanuwan Phetkla, Hanain Brohi, Vanja Vasiljevic. The committee wish to extend thanks to Ms. Sheila Heppel for her tremendous assistance in the run-up to the conference. Our thanks are also due to Dr Chris Leyland for assisting the committee in the planning process, and for chairing the conference on the day, inaugurating and closing the conference and introducing the plenary talks. We also wish to thank the academic staff who helped with the abstract reviewing for their thorough work.

On the day of the conference, a team of enthusiastic volunteers (Woralak Bancha, Nisit Kamphikul, Xinliang Jiang, Caitlin Halfacre, Kevin Tai, Dhiaa Janaby, Chutinan Noobutra, Malik Al Zakwani, Liam Keeble) helped to ensure the smooth running of the day. The organisation process was an invaluable development opportunity for committee members, and strengthened their team-working, problem-solving and event-management skills. Students interested in organizing next year’s conference are strongly encouraged to do so; it offers the chance to contribute to an exciting and important event, develop skills and meet other linguistics students.

This report was compiled by Kingsley Oluchi Ugwuanyi (conference co-chair) on behalf of the Organising Committee.

11th Newcastle PG Conference in Linguistics report