Sociolinguistics Symposium 21

Sociolinguistics Symposium 21

Welcome to the website of Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Europe's premier international conference on language in society. The Sociolinguistics Symposia were begun in the 1970s by a group of sociolinguists who saw the need for a forum to discuss research findings and to debate theoretical and methodological issues concerning language in society. The symposium has since grown into a large, international conference, now attracting more than 600 participants regularly (Previous Symposia).

In 2016, SS21 will be held at the University of Murcia, located in the touristic Region of Murcia on the south-eastern coast of Spain. The conference venue will be the Facultad de Letras, on the city centre university campus (Campus de La Merced).

The general theme of the 2016 conference will be Attitudes and Prestige, and contributions to any of the directions under the umbrella of the Language and Society paradigm are welcome.


SUBMISSIONS: Deadline closed !!


Acceptance Rate

SS21 received 754 submissions for General Paper Sessions (84%), 90 thematic colloquia (11%) and 41 posters (5%). As stated in the Call for Papers and this website, submissions have been evaluated by the Scientific Committee and members of the Organizing Committee in terms of: i) topic relevance; ii) mention of topic precedents and literature review; iii) statement of objectives; iv) description of methodology; and v) results, conclusion and contribution to the field. After the reviewing process, the rate of acceptance has been of 82% (84% for General Papers, 67% for Colloquia and 57% for Posters). A revision of rejected submissions afterwards yields a rate of acceptance of 84% (84% for General Papers, 81% for Colloquia and 57% for Posters).

Considering that authors have selected more than one topic for their submissions, the Acceptance Rates according to the different directions within the broad language and society spectrum (categorized here as ‘topics') show the Organizing Committee's belief in, respect for and commitment to the wide interpretation and range of areas that encompass the overarching concept of Sociolinguistics for Sociolinguistics Symposium 21.

Participation Statistics

SS21 hosted 1,003 participations approximately: 499 General Papers, 78 colloquia (with more than 470 presentations), 16 Posters and 18 e-Posters (visit Participation Statistics).