Call for papers and panels

***UPDATES: The deadline for submission of abstracts is extended to 24th February 2023***

The Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics will hold its summer meeting from June 26 to June 28, 2023, plus excursion on June 29, 2023. The theme of the conference is Creoles, minority languages and other contact varieties: Sharing perspectives. The meeting aims to promote a dialogue between scholars in Creole and in minority language studies and sociolinguistics.

Invited guests include:
Dr. Christine Ofulue (National Open University of Nigeria, Nigeria)
Nihayra Leona (University of Amsterdam; Levende Talen Papiaments, NL/Curaçao)
Dr. Khalid Mourigh (Meertens Institute, The Netherlands)
Dr. Philipp Krämer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

The organizing committee is composed of Dr. Maria Mazzoli, Prof. Joana Duarte, Kato Kuijpers, Sasha Padberg, Lara O’Toole and Ella Fitzpatrick.

They are supported by the department Minorities & Multilingualism of the Faculty of Arts, the Groningen University Fund, the CLCG Research Center and the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences.

Abstracts for papers on the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicon, or any other issue pertaining to the linguistic study of Pidgins, Creoles and other contact varieties are invited for anonymous review.

Panel proposals: Ideally, there should be no more than four papers in each panel. Each panel participant should submit an abstract and include the name of the panel in their abstract. Panel organizers should submit the following information to The name of the panel, a summary of the panel, the name of each member & their affiliation, and the presentation order.

Abstracts: An abstract of approximately 500 words should be submitted using EasyAbs: .

After your title, clearly identify the area in which your submission should be reviewed (e.g., morphology, sociolinguistics). Please do not include your name or other revelatory information in the abstract. Individuals who are unable to access
EasyAbs should email their abstract as an MS Word document to

Abstract submission deadline is planned for 24th February 2023. Acceptance notification will be sent by late February 2023. See below for information about the makeup of the abstract.

Organization of the Abstract
Many abstracts are rejected because they omit crucial information rather than because of errors in what they include. A suggested outline for abstracts follows:
1. Choose a title that clearly indicates the topic of the paper and is no more than one line long;
2. In the abstract, state the topic clearly;
3. Make reference to prior work on the topic;
4. When essential to the clarity of the argumentation, present linguistic data (with glosses). Explain abbreviations at their first occurrence;
5. If the paper presents the results of experiments, but the collection of results is not yet complete, present the provisional results in detail. Also indicate the nature of the experimental design and the specific hypothesis tested;
6. State the relevance of your hypothesis to past work. Describe the analysis in as much detail as possible. Avoid vague or unsubstantiated statements;
7. State the contribution to linguistic research made by the analysis;
8. Citation of the relevant literature is essential within the abstract; however, the inclusion of a list of references at the end of the abstract is not obligatory.

Assessment of Abstracts
Abstracts will be assessed on the basis of the following three criteria:
1. The relevance and significance of the proposed topic and/or the originality of the study.
2. The argumentation (including the clarity of the argument and the results/ conclusions).
3. Knowledge of the relevant research literature and theory.