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Call for papers

The call for papers for the 13th International Pragmatics Conference is now closed.
Abstracts are now being reviewed. The provisional program is already available -- click HERE.

Please read all instructions carefully .
Note that IPrA membership is required for submitting an abstract (with all deadlines in 2012) as well as for presenting during the conference (in 2013), and that membership always runs from  1 January to 31 December, no matter at what time in the year it is applied for. Membership can be arranged instantly by going to 'Membership application' or, if you were a member before, ´Membership renewal´ (in which case you need your user name, which is identical to the email address under which you were registered as a member before).

For any unanswered questions:

IPrA Secretariat
P.O. Box 33 (Antwerp 11)
B-2018 Antwerp

- There are two deadlines for panel proposals (see definition below): 15 June 2012 (which allows for resubmission by the second deadline in case the proposal is not accepted immediately), and 15 September 2012.
- Contributions to accepted panels (which can only be submitted with the prior approval of the panel organizer - see below), and individual submissions for posters and lectures must be sent in by 1 November 2012 [deadlines past -- submissions no longer possible]


  • All submission procedures are web-based (i.e., paper copies or faxes will not be accepted, and e-mail attachments are permissible only if web-based submission does not work after following the recommendations you find when clicking ‘Help’ in the opening screen of the IPrA website). Click 'Contribute' to submit your contribution. Before doing so, however, read all of the following instructions. (Note that ´Contribute´ will not appear unless you are logged in as a member with your user name and password; user name is always identical to the e-mail address you used when becoming a member or renewing membership; you can retrieve a forgotten password by clicking ´Lost your password´ in the opening screen of the IPrA website.)
  • The submission of proposals presupposes IPrA membership (see above).
  • Panel proposals [deadlines past -- submissions no longer possible] (deadlines 15 June 2012 – for early approval – and 15 September 2012; see above) have to consist of a brief outline (max. one average A4 or Standard-size page, single spacing, Times pt 12; i.e. ca 500 words) of the theme and purpose of the panel, with a first indication of the people the organizer(s) anticipate(s) to be involved as speakers. Panel organizers are asked to avoid, if at all possible, restricting their panels to an in-group; openness and diversity of perspectives is compatible with topical coherence. Immediately after the deadline the conference committee will, on the basis of the outline (weighed against other proposals in relation to the total number of available time slots), decide (i) whether the proposal is accepted, and (ii) how many 90-minute slots can be made available for the accepted panel. From that moment onwards, the organizer(s) is/are free to fill the allotted sessions in the way they see as most suitable to the theme and the purpose of their panel. Not all panels need to take the same form; some may work with sessions that emphasize discussion; others may want to fit in more (brief) oral presentations; the minimum number of presentations planned for one 90-minute session, however, should be three.
  • Panel contributions. Though it is the panel organizer(s) who take(s) active responsibility for the quality of the contributions to their panel (i.e. they decide what is accepted), abstracts should, for all panel contributions, be submitted by the individual contributors separately by the 1 November 2012 deadline [deadlines past -- submissions no longer possible] that will be handled for individual submissions (see below). Panel organizers are expected to guide their participants in this process, so that all formal requirements are duly fulfilled and the abstracts live up to the expected international standards. This procedure implies that no-one can submit contributions to panels without the prior consent of the panel organizer(s). As a list of accepted panels will be available at the end of June (for early submissions) and at the end of  September (for later submissions [see 'Program' for the full list, which is now available]), prospective participants are of course welcome to seek such prior consent by contacting the organizer(s) of the panel of their choice [their addresses may be obtained from Ann Verhaert at ann.verhaert@ua.ac.be]. As the number of slots for panels is limited, however, most participants will have to make an individual submission.
  • Individual proposals for lectures and posters should take the form of a brief abstract (equivalent to max. one average A4 or Standard-size page, single spacing, Times pt 12; i.e. ca 500 words); mind the  1 November 2012 deadline [deadlines past -- submissions no longer possible]. It is the individual submitter’s choice to submit for oral presentation (lecture) or a poster. For oral presentations, 30-minute slots will be available (including discussion time and time for moving between sessions). Posters will be up for the whole week; during one of the conference days, there is a poster period during which all other conference activities are blocked so that attention goes exclusively to looking at and discussing posters. IPrA actively encourages the submission of posters; experience tells us that they often lead to more serious interaction and result in more lasting and fruitful contacts than oral presentations.
  • Because of heavy competition for slots in the program, no-one can be considered for more than one contribution of which he or she is the first author (whether panel contributions, lectures or posters). Anyone may be involved in a second or even a third paper if someone else is the first author and will be present at the conference as well. In the case of multiple authorship, the web-based submission system recognizes as first author only the one who handles the submission process. While there is a restriction on the number of contributions of which one may be the first author (one only!), presenting a paper is always compatible with taking the role of organizer of a panel or acting as a discussant in a panel.

Note that abstracts should not be programmatic; they should be based on research that is clearly in progress, with a well-formulated research question, and with a good description of the types of data used (if the work is empirical) and of the approach. For posters, a clear description of a research design may be acceptable, as this can lead to useful discussions in the early stages of a project.