The 7th meeting of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE 7)

  19-23 June 2023

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ISLE 7 will take place Monday 19 June to Friday 23 June 2023, as a hybrid conference with the onsite conference taking place on the St. Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland in Australia.

ISLE 7 will be hosted by the University of Queensland School of Languages and Cultures.

The conference theme for ISLE 7 is 'Combining Tradition and Computation'.

Please note: Presenters must be ISLE members. 

Important dates

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Presenters must be an ISLE member and register by 1 May 2023.

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Pre-recorded presentation files: 17 May 2023

Consent form signed: 17 May 2023

Registration closes: 1 June 2023

Accepted Workshops

Please find below the list of accepted workshops:

  • The Combination of Tradition and Computation in the Study of Scottish Historical Correspondence (half-day panel discussion); Convenors: Marina Dossena & Christine Elsweiler
  • Challenges and New Directions in English Corpus Linguistics in Australia (full-day workshop); Convenors: Monika Bednarek, Peter Crosthwaite, & Martin Schweinberger
  • Female childhoods. Linguistic approaches to the silent and obscure years of women in English (auto-) biographical discourse, 1750-1900 (panel discussion); Convenor: Paloma Tejada Caller
  • “People’s poetry”, “dustbin language” and everywhere in between  — the ins and outs of English slanguage  (full-day workshop); Convenors: Kate Burridge  & Howie Manns
  • Lexical Variation within World Englishes (half-day workshop); Convenors: Pam Peters



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Ticket typeAttendanceEarly Bird Price (AUD)Early Bird Price (USD - approx)Early Bird Price (EUR - approx)Price (AUD)Price (USD - approx)Price (EUR - approx)
General RegistrationOn campus$500$346324$550$380€356
Student RegistrationOn campus$400$277260$450$311€292
General RegistrationHybrid (online)$250$173€162$300$208€194
Student RegistrationHybrid (online)$200$138130$250$173€162

Early bird tickets will only be available until 1 April 2023 or until early bird capacity reached.

ISLE7 presenters will need to register by 1 May 2023 and must be an ISLE member.

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For any registration queries, please contact the ISLE 7 Organising Committee.

The University of Queensland, School of Languages and Cultures announces

The 7th Meeting of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE7)

19-23 June 2023

Hybrid Conference (Online & In-person)

Conference Convenors:

Dr Martin Schweinberger (The University of Queensland, Australia)
Prof Michael Haugh (The University of Queensland, Australia)
Prof Kate Burridge (Monash University, Australia)
Hybrid Conference (Online & In-person)

Call for Papers

Download here

The 7th Meeting of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE7) will be held 19-23 June 2023 as a hybrid conference at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, with the conference theme “Combining Tradition and Computation”. The main aim of ISLE7 is to bring together researchers from around the world who share an interest in the study of the English language and English linguistics.

We invite abstracts for the following types of presentations:

  1. Workshops and Panels (including discussion panels)
  2. On-site paper presentations (including work-in-progress reports and software demos)
  3. Recorded paper presentations (including work-in- progress reports and software demos)
  4. Lightning talks: 5-minute video clips or 5-minute on-site lightning talks to present a study, a research project or infrastructure, or research related ideas

Workshops and Panels

Workshop and panels will be scheduled for June 19, 2023 and workshop and panel organisers need to submit their proposal (max. 600 words) including timeline until September 30, 2022. Workshop and panel proposals need to be submitted directly to the ISLE7 organizers via The proposals need to include a description of the workshop or panel, the organizers of the workshop or panel, a timeline, and at least one contact email.

Panel and workshop contributors need to submit their abstracts via the submission system at the same time as abstracts for the regular papers are due but they will need to indicate that the contribution is intended for a workshop or panel when they submit their abstract (this is a dropdown option when submitting the abstract via EasyAbs). 

If a submission is intended for a workshop, please add the short title of the workshop to the title of the contribution (if the paper is about passive alternation and the contribution is intended for a workshop on World Englishes, the title could, e.g., be “Passive alternation across varieties of English (World Englishes)”. Both panels and workshops can also contain panel discussions. The full workshop/panel programs need to be submitted to the conference organizers by the workshop/panel organizers by February 2023. 

Workshop/panel organizers will automatically be signed up for reviewing abstracts.

Submission information

Abstracts for individual papers (max. 400 words) including on-site full and work-in-progress papers, or recorded full and work-in-progress papers, need to be submitted by November 31, 2022. 

Abstracts for lightning talks only need a title and a short (one or two sentence) explanation and also need to be submitted by December 15, 2022.

Submissions need to indicate their preference (full-paper vs work-in-progress vs lighting talk vs
workshop/ panel contribution, on-site vs off-site).

A note of acceptance will be sent out in early March 2023.

Please note

Presenters must be ISLE Members
- No one can be presenting as first author more than twice

Abstract submission

Please submit your abstract via EasyAbs:

Important dates
Call for papers (published on the conference website

Submission start date1 July 2022
Deadline extended for workshop and panel proposals30 September 2022
Deadline for abstracts15 December 2022

Note of acceptance

For workshop and panelslate October 2022
For papersMarch 2023

Submission of offsite presentations

Pre-recorded presentations17 May 2023
Consent form signed17 May 2023
Registration closes1 June 2023

Contact details

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Visit the website ( for more detailed information, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@isle7uq)!

We are looking forward to seeing you in Brisbane in June – be it physically or digitally!

ISLE 7 organising team



  • Deadline extended for workshops and panels: Friday 30 September 2022 
  • Deadline for papers: Wednesday 30 November 2022

Note of acceptance

  • For workshop and panels: late October 2022
  • For papers: March 2023



Organising Committee

Michael Haugh

Kate Burridge

Martin Schweinberger

Amir Sheikhan

Ruihua Yin

Peter Crosthwaite


Scientific Committee

Kate Burridge

Martin Schweinberger

Michael Haugh

Karen Corrigan

Sofia Rüdiger

Tanja Säily

Amir Sheikhan

Ruihua Yin

Peter Crosthwaite

Valeria Sinkeviciute


Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky 

University of South Australia

Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of South Australia (UniSA) and Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory within the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE). Ina joined UniSA in 2014 from the University of Marburg, Germany. Prior to her appointment as Professor of Neurolinguistics in Marburg, she headed the Max Planck Research Group "Neurotypology" at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.

Ina is passionate about understanding how the human brain processes language – an interest that she first developed due to her bilingual upbringing, after having moved to Australia from Germany at the age of 7. She has championed the perspective that, in order to truly understand how the human brain processes language, we need to take into account the full diversity of the world's 7000 languages. Her research is further inspired by the recognition that language – like all human cognitive abilities – is deeply rooted in neurobiology and basic mechanisms of information processing in the brain.

With a prolific research program reflected in over 90 publications in refereed international journals, over 20 book chapters and 4 monographs / edited volumes, Ina has won more than AU$4 million in competitive grant funding, including an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Her research has been honoured with several prizes, including the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize (awarded by the German Research Foundation and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), the most prestigious scientific prize for young researchers in Germany.

Jonathan Culpeper 

Lancaster University

Jonathan Culpeper is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK. His research spans pragmatics, stylistics and the history of English, all of which he has pursued at some point through corpus methods.

His major publications include Early Modern English Dialogues: Spoken Interaction as Writing (2010, CUP; with Merja Kytö), Pragmatics and the English Language (2014; with Michael Haugh), and English Language: Description, Variation and Context (2018; lead editor).

He is currently leading the corpus-based the £1 million AHRC-funded Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's Language project, which will provide evidence-based and contextualised accounts of Shakespeare's language.

Stefan Gries

University of California

Stefan Th. Gries is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), as well as Honorary Liebig-Professor and Chair of English Linguistics (Corpus Linguistics with a focus on quantitative methods) at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen.

He was a visiting professor at the 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2019 LSA Linguistic Institutes at Stanford University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the University of Chicago, and the University of California, Davis; he was also a Visiting Chair (2013-2017) of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University and the Leibniz Professor (spring semester 2017) at the Research Academy Leipzig of the Leipzig University.

He is a quantitative corpus linguist at the intersection of corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and computational linguistics and has applied a variety of different statistical methods to investigate a wide range of linguistic topics; much of his work involves the open-source software R. Gries has produced more than 200 publications (articles, chapters, books, and edited volumes) and he is an active member of more than a dozen editorial boards as well as academic societies.

Jennifer Hay

University of Canterbury

Jen Hay is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, Director of the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, and an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 

She has broad research interests spanning New Zealand English, Sociophonetics, Laboratory Phonology, and Lexical Representation, and she has published widely in these areas.

Brian Joseph

Ohio State University

Brian has been at OSU since 1979, after receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1978 and spending a year as a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta.

His interests are quite broad, but are focused first and foremost on the study of language change, especially in regard to the Greek language throughout all of its historical phases, from Mycenaean up through Modern Greek, including its prehistory and how it fits into the Indo-European language family and also its more recent significant contact with its neighboring languages in the Balkans. But Brian's interests run also to other languages, especially Sanskrit and Albanian, and to other areas within linguistics, including both morphological theory and the embedding of language into social structures.

More recently, he has been working on issues of language sustainability, looking both at what has gone into making the Greek language relatively robust in its diasporic setting in southern Albania and at what we can determine about linguistic -- and concomitantly ethnic -- viability in ancient times in the eastern Mediterranean.

Catherine Travis

The Australian National University

Catherine Travis is Professor of Modern European Languages in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the ANU, and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, and in the Language Data Commons – Australia project.

Her research addresses questions related to linguistic and social factors impacting on language variation and change, in particular in socially diverse communities. 

She has conducted large-scale projects applying quantitative methods to the study of spontaneous speech data from English and Spanish, and in monolingual and bilingual communities. Most recently, she has been undertaking a longitudinal project examining Australian English as spoken by ethnically diverse communities across Sydney (Sydney Speaks).


Accepted Workshops

Please find below the list of accepted workshops:

  • The Combination of Tradition and Computation in the Study of Scottish Historical Correspondence (half-day panel discussion); Convenors: Marina Dossena & Christine Elsweiler
  • Challenges and New Directions in English Corpus Linguistics in Australia (full-day workshop); Convenors: Monika Bednarek, Peter Crosthwaite, & Martin Schweinberger
  • Female childhoods. Linguistic approaches to the silent and obscure years of women in English (auto-) biographical discourse, 1750-1900 (panel discussion); Convenor: Paloma Tejada Caller
  • “People’s poetry”, “dustbin language” and everywhere in between  — the ins and outs of English slanguage  (full-day workshop); Convenors: Kate Burridge  & Howie Manns
  • Lexical Variation within World Englishes (half-day workshop); short title: "Lexical World Englishes"; Convenors: Pam Peters


Satelite Event

Australian Text Analytics Platform: New tools for text analysis

The Australian Text Analytics Platform (ATAP) is an open source environment that provides researchers with tools and training for analysing, processing, and exploring text. The main means of delivery for ATAP is Jupyter notebooks and this half-day workshop will begin with a brief introduction to notebooks for participants not already familiar with the technology. The main body of the workshop will be hands-on sessions introducing two tools made available by ATAP, and the session will end with a short summary of other tools being developed in recent work. 

Discursis is a tool for tracking topics in linguistic interaction (Angus, Smith, and Wiles 2012; Angus and Wiles 2018). It was originally made available as part of a commercial package, but ATAP (in association with our partner the Sydney Informatics Hub [SIH]) has re-engineered the tool as an open source package, accessible as a notebook. This part of the workshop will introduce the analytic ideas which underlie Discursis, demonstrate the functionality of the tool, including visualisation possibilities, and allow participants to gain hands-on experience in using it.

The QuotationTool has also been developed in association with SIH based on previous work by Canadian researchers (Asr et al. 2021). This tool can be used to extract quotes from a text. In addition to extracting the quotes, the tool also provides information about who the speakers are, the location of the quotes (and the speakers) within the text, and the identified named entities, all of which can contribute to text analysis. Results of the analysis are stored as a dataframe which can be downloaded and can also be viewed on screen with elements of interest highlighted (using the displaCy library). Again, this part of the workshop will introduce the analytic basis of the tool, demonstrate it, and allow participants to work through the notebook.

The last section of the workshop will consist of a brief overview of the work of the project in the first half of 2023. Development of tools is ongoing; it is hard to predict what state will be reached for specific tools this far in advance, but this section will give participants an idea of what will be available by June 2023, or will be available soon after that date. This will be done by description and demonstration.

Proposed Workshop Schedule (arbitrary starting point)

00:00 - 00:30       Welcome, Introduction to Jupyter notebooks

00:30 - 01:30       Discursis: concept recurrence mapping in interaction

01:30 - 02:00       BREAK

02:00 - 03:00       Quotation Tool: identifying quotes and their sources in text 03:00 - 03:30 Update on recent work



Angus, Daniel, Andrew E. Smith, and Janet Wiles. 2012. “Human Communication as Coupled Time Series: Quantifying Multi-Participant Recurrence.” IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing 20 (6): 1795–1807.

Angus, Daniel, and Janet Wiles. 2018. “Social Semantic Networks: Measuring Topic Management in Discourse Using a Pyramid of Conceptual Recurrence Metrics.” Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 28 (8): 085723.

Asr, Fatemeh Torabi, Mohammad Mazraeh, Alexandre Lopes, Vasundhara Gautam, Junette Gonzales, Prashanth Rao, and Maite Taboada. 2021. “The Gender Gap Tracker: Using Natural Language Processing to Measure Gender Bias in Media.” PLOS ONE 16 (1): e0245533.


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International flights from Brisbane

The city of Brisbane delivers a first-class travel and transport network making it an easy and cost effective choice for conference delegates.

Easily accessible, Brisbane is serviced by one of Australia's fastest growing airports with a network of direct flights from 31 international and 50 domestic destinations. As the closest eastern seaboard capital city to Asia, Brisbane offers frequent flights to various Asia Pacific destinations and is a transfer hub from major European destinations. Direct flights arrive several times a day from Asia, the United States, New Zealand, the Pacific and the Middle East.


Brisbane International Airport boasts an extensive network of direct flights to international destinations including but not limited to: 

  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong                                                                                                  
  • Bangkok 
  • Shanghai 
  • Auckland 
  • Dubai 
  • Los Angeles
  • Vancouver

This allows easy access for international delegates to travel home. 

Brisbane city remains compact and well connected, allowing delegates to easily travel between venues, hotels, parklands, cultural attractions, entertainment precincts and dining locations.

The University of Queensland

Located just seven kilometres from Brisbane's city centre (accessible by car or public transport), UQ St Lucia is renowned as one of Australia's most attractive university campuses.

UQ St Lucia Campus

Getting to UQ's St Lucia Campus

Accommodation Recommendations - Arriving and getting around Brisbane

During your stay in Brisbane for the ISLE 7 Conference 2023, we recommend you choose accommodation in the South Bank precinct or Brisbane CBD. There are few accommodation options close to the UQ St Lucia campus, and there is so much more to see and do in the CBD and South Brisbane during your free time. These locations will also be most convenient for those attending the conference welcome reception and dinner.

Accommodation options in both areas are many and varied, and both locations have easy access to City Cat ferry terminals and bus networks with direct routes servicing The University of Queensland. If using public transport to travel to UQ campus for the academic program, we recommend that you select accommodation close to either the North Quay or South Bank City Cat terminal, or Cultural Centre or King George Square Bus Station (indicated by maroon markers on map). Central and South Brisbane train stations are serviced by the AirTrain, which is a direct service from Brisbane International and Domestic Airport.

All guests will be need to obtain a GoCard upon arrival in Brisbane for travel on all local buses, ferries and trains (not valid on AirTrain). There are many accommodation options available from 5 Star hotels to private rentals to backpacker hostels, and everything in between. Some suggestions (all within 1km, or less than around a 10 minute walk to bus station or ferry terminal) are listed below.

Special Accommodation Offers in South Bank, Brisbane

To give our ISLE 7 2023 guests the best experience in the heart of Brisbane city, indicative rates have been sourced from the following hotels based in South Bank offering a great location to restaurants, bars and tourist attractions all within easy public transport access to the UQ St Lucia Campus. We have secured special rates at some of these hotels for ISLE 7 2023 guests with promotional codes available for the below locations:

Star RatingPropertyRoom Types

Rate (AUD per night)

Promotional Code
5 Star

Emporium Hotel

South Bank

Vista Suite

From $239*TBA
River City SuiteFrom $309*TBA

4 - 4.5


Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane

Superior / Superior TwinFrom $199*TBA
Superior River ViewFrom $219*TBA
Mantra South Bank BrisbaneHotelFrom $139*TBA
Studio From $159*TBA

*Rates are per room, per night and were indicative for June 2020. The above properties reserve the right to review rates closer to the event dates. Should a major event occur in the city during the conference dates, properties reserve the right to implement a surcharge.

Other Brisbane Accommodation Options

Sofitel Brisbane Central combines contemporary design with French elegance in a 5-star hotel, located over Central Station, and a short walk to the Queen Street Mall and bus station. The Riverside Ferry Terminal is a 10 minute walk away. The hotel offers guests all you would expect in a 5-star hotel, with pool, gymnasium, concierge, 24 hour room service and award winning restaurants.

Hilton Brisbane is centrally located in the heart of Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall shopping precinct, with easy access to all modes of public transport. This 5-star hotel offers contemporarily furnished rooms with premium bedding and pillow menu, designed for business and leisure travellers. Amenities include outdoor pool, tennis courts and gymnasium, inhouse restaurant and bar, 24 hour room service, concierge and business centre.

Ibis Styles Brisbane is a 4-star hotel, located conveniently close to the City Cat terminal and Brisbane’s main shopping hub. The hotel is modern, offering stylish, colourful and comfortable rooms at economical rates. Guests enjoy free internet, complimentary laundry facilities and all day dining plus 24 hour “Call & Collect" menu. Room tip: sometime rooms on lower floors can get a bit of street noise, so we suggest you request a room on a higher floor.

Mercure Brisbane is just a few minutes’ walk along the river from the North Quay Ferry Terminal. This mid-scale 4-star hotel is modern and filled with bright colours, many rooms with fabulous river views, and well located close to transport and other facilities without being in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the CBD.

Next Hotel Brisbane is located on the Queen Street Mall, right in the hub of Brisbane’s central shopping district, and a short walk to the ferry terminal. This hotel focuses on efficiency and functionality, providing 4-star comfort and convenience. Guests with early morning or late night flights can access the ‘In Transit Zone’, offering showers, sleep pods and work stations.