SCL & SPCL 25th Biennial Conference (Guyana 2024) (SCL2024)

Aug. 5, 2024 - Aug. 9, 2024

The Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL), in collaboration with the Society for Pidgin and Creole Languages (SPCL), will meet in Guyana from 5 to 9 August 2024 for its 25th Biennial Conference. The Conference will be hosted by the University of Guyana under the theme: “Looking Back and Moving Forward: Innovations in Language Theory, Policy and Practice.”

Abstracts on all types of Caribbean languages as well as Creoles and pidgins in general are invited. Caribbean languages include spoken and signed languages, Amerindian languages, Creole languages, standardised, official and non-standardised language varieties, immigrant languages, heritage languages, endangered languages, and religious and ritual languages.

Abstracts for both presentations and posters will be accepted but presentations are encouraged. The conference organisers are also encouraging abstracts on any of the following panel themes:

-Indigenous Languages of the Insular and Greater Caribbean
-Digitisation of Heritage Caribbean Languages
-Virtual Language Museums
-Caribbean Languages and Reparations
-Relevance of Linguistics in Education in the Caribbean
-Languages in Contact in the Caribbean
-Geolinguistics in the Caribbean
-Language and Communication in the Caribbean
-Translation and Interpreting in the Caribbean
-Language Endangerment and Language Death in the Caribbean
-Language Policies in Multilingual Caribbean Societies
-Language and Identity in the Caribbean
-Speech-Language Pathology in the Caribbean
-Language and Music in the Caribbean
-Forensic Linguistics in the Caribbean
-Linguistic Connections between the Islands (insular Caribbean) and Rimlands (continental Caribbean)

Important Dates:
Conference Dates: 5-9 August 2024
Early bird deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 March 2024
Final deadline for submission of abstracts [EXTENDED]: 17 May 2024
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2024 (early bird) & 24 May 2024 (regular)
Contact: [email protected]

Check out the SCL ( and SPCL ( websites for more information about the respective societies and the keynote speaker.

Submission instructions:

Instructions for Submission of Abstracts (Electronic Format only)

Please read the Society and Conference Rules above before submitting an abstract. Please follow these seven instructions carefully. If the instructions are not followed, abstracts will be rejected altogether and will not be considered. No acknowledgement of receipt will be sent in the case of such submissions. Late abstracts will not be considered or acknowledged. A person may submit three abstracts maximum, one individual and two as part of a group of authors or as part of different groups of authors, but may not submit two single-authored papers.

1) Word limit: An abstract must be no more than 500 words. Please indicate the word count at the bottom of the abstract. Except for the instructions given below, no special form or format is needed for this initial submission of the abstract.

2) Put the title at the top of the abstract

3) To ensure anonymity, do not put your name in the abstract name or in the abstract itself.

4) For IPA transcriptions, please use ANY Unicode font. Special non-Unicode fonts often do not transmit accurately. Lucida Sans Unicode is automatically available in Microsoft Word. We particularly recommend Doulos SIL (a Unicode font, among others, available at for Mac and PC users). If you use any non-Unicode font for IPA transcriptions in your abstract or your paper, you must submit a PDF copy to EasyAbs. If you send a hard copy, e-mail [email protected] to let us know. You should also send your special fonts file via e-mail attachment for our compilation of the programme.

5) When submitting your abstract, please indicate whether you are submitting as part of a proposed panel.

6) Please indicate whether you prefer to present your paper as a poster or as an oral presentation. (Posters should be a maximum of 3' w x 31/2' h OR 3 1/2' w x 3' h - see poster presentations guidelines on the webpage). Once your abstract has been accepted, you will be asked to indicate your multimedia needs, if any.

7) Participants should indicate what language they plan to present in (French, English, Spanish or Kwéyòl) and whether they will need interpretation at the conference. These facilities may or may not be available.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that all conference papers are normally distributed AFTER the conference. The format for the submission of papers will be sent to all those whose abstracts have been accepted and whose papers will have been delivered at the conference.

Submissions open: Oct. 14, 2023 - June 28, 2024

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