Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Variation is a key concept in sociolinguistics. Not only can members of a speech community use language differently from one another, but a single speaker’s speech may also show significant variation. Every language in the world is therefore not a uniform entity but exhibits multifaceted patterns of internal variation.

The aim of this year’s LIPP symposium is to provide a forum to discuss these patterns across a wide range of languages. We invite original research on language-variation phenomena on various linguistic levels (phonology, morphosyntax, vocabulary, etc.) and in relation to regional, social, stylistic, or medial factors, or a combination of these dimensions. We also welcome papers exploring the perception of and attitudes towards variation as well as the construction of identity through linguistic variants. Contributions from all fields and methodologies are welcome, including synchronic and diachronic approaches to variation as well as quantitative and qualitative research.

Another goal of our symposium is to investigate the implications of research findings for existing theoretical models and concepts as well as for the development of new frameworks that enable us to describe and categorize language variation. The final objective of this year’s symposium is to point out methodological perspectives, in particular the potential of new computer technologies and electronic resources as promising tools for sociolinguistic research.


We invite abstracts for a 20-minute talk, followed by a 10-minute discussion. PhD students and early-career researchers are especially encouraged to submit. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously. Abstracts should meet the following guidelines:

They should not exceed 300 words (excluding references).
They may be written in either English or German.
They must remain completely anonymous.
Please submit your abstract as both a *.doc and a *.pdf file.
Please send your abstract to by March 15, 2018 (midnight CET).
In your e-mail, please provide the following information: full name, affiliation and work address, e-mail address, and title of your talk.

Notification of acceptance will be given by April 15, 2018. Selected contributions will be published in JournaLIPP after the symposium.

If you would like to attend the symposium without giving a presentation, we kindly ask you to register via e-mail to

There is no registration fee.


language variation
dialect geography
language and society
language and identity
stylistics and register
phonetics and phonology
morphology and syntax
lexicology and lexicography
semantics and pragmatics
historical linguistics
corpus linguistics

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