2019 IRAAL annual conference: ‘Threatening’ Languages in a Global World

November 30, 2019

National University of Ireland, Galway




The Irish Association of Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) annual conference brings together researchers in all areas of applied linguistics, working in Ireland or internationally.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Threatening’ Languages in a Global World.

Our keynote speaker will be Prof. Bettina Migge, who is the Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and a Professor of Linguistics at University College Dublin. Prof. Bettina Migge’s initial research concentrated on historical language contact and creole genesis. Her recent research and publications range from issues and methods in synchronic language contact focusing on multilingual contexts, the role of sociolinguistic methods and approaches to language documentation, migration and education related to lesser-used languages and sociolinguistic research on Irish English. She has been involved in several research projects through the French research unit SeDyL (CNRS, IRD, INALCO) funded by DGLFLF, ANR AIRD, and participated in local minority language training initiatives. Since 2013 she has been supporting a participatory project (DicoGuy) in French Guiana which aims to create dictionaries for several local languages including Businenge(e) Tongo. She has also engaged in funded research projects on migration to Ireland with researchers at UCD (Immigrant Council Ireland) and NUI Maynooth (IRCHSS) and has supervised a number of research projects on Irish English. https://people.ucd.ie/bettinamigge

The broad topic chosen for the conference this year focuses attention on the multilingual spaces that we share; the enriched - and at the same time threatening - multicultural global world in which we operate. The historical moment that this new decade brings is highlighting issues such as language death, linguistic and cultural diversity and other ecopolitical issues relevant to our research. Repeatedly language teaching/learning and language policy succeed and fail in a varied range of educational and linguistic contexts. In light of these developments, and the presumed decline in language learning in the Global World, this year’s conference invites a dialogue that reflects on these successful and not-so successful endeavours. This year’s theme focuses on the challenges and opportunities that this new era in applied linguistics research involves.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, first and second language acquisition; second and foreign language learning; bilingualism, multilingualism and translanguaging; language strategy and language policy; minority languages; contrastive linguistics; corpus linguistics; computational linguistics; lexicology and lexicography; discourse analysis; forensic linguistics; psycholinguistics; sociolinguistics; language for specific purposes; language and (new) media; language, identity and discourse; translation and language acquisition/learning; e-learning and critical literacy; language testing and assessment and, language and technology.

Submissions from postgraduate students and early career researchers are particularly welcomed.

The languages of the conference are English and Irish.

We invite submissions for three types of presentation:

  • INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Oral presentations on original research by one or more authors within a 20-minute period with 10 minutes for questions.
  • WORKSHOPS: Workshops on original research by one or more authors within a 50 minute period with 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
  • POSTERS: Posters will be displayed during a dedicated poster session. Posters of standard A0 size should be submitted to the registration desk on the morning of the conference.


IRAAL Postgraduate Award 2019

IRAAL is offering postgraduate awards to research students based in third level institutions on the island of Ireland who are currently conducting research in Applied Linguistics. Awards will be offered to one Master’s student and one PhD student. Full details of the award and application process will shortly become available on the conference website.

Key Dates Call for Contributions: Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words in either Irish or English including a title of no more than 15 words, by 5pm, on 14th of June, 2019 to e-mail: iraal2019@nuigalway.ie
Please indicate the presentation category (paper, workshop, or poster) in your submission.

Please visit www.iraal.ie/membership to become an IRAAL member.