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The Centre for Linguistic Research (CLR) at the University of Sheffield will hold its 5th ShefLing PGC (Sheffield Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics) on 25th April 2018. This one-day conference is designed to give linguistics postgraduates from all research areas an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a friendly and intellectually setting at the University of Sheffield. We invite postgraduates and doctoral students to submit abstracts for oral presentations on any area of linguistics and language research.

The next meeting of the ShefLing PGC will take place on 25 April, 2018. This year, we are coordinating with a sister conference, the Sheffield Linguistics Big Data, Big Theory workshop, which will take place on 26-27 April. 

2018 call for papers

We invite postgraduates and doctoral students to submit abstracts for oral presentations on any area of linguistics and language research.


  • Deadline for abstract submission: 29 January, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 28 February, 2018
  • Registration Opens: January 2018
  • Registration Closes: April 20, 2018


Submit abstracts for paper presentations in 250-300 words (excluding references) here.


5th Annual ShefLing Postgraduate Conference

Location: 38 Mappin Street, room G08

9:30 - 10:00     Registration

10:00 - 11:00     Publishing workshop with Dr Nigel Harwood 

11:00 - 11:20     Coffee Break

11:20 - 11:50     Chris McGuirk

                            The connection of selves: Exploring identity development in a transnational online discourse community

11:50 - 12:20     Mira Lieberman-Boyd

                            Applying Ecolinguistics approaches to the analysis of Bayer’s Integrated Reports

12:20 - 13:00     Lunch Break

13:00 - 13:30     Safa Attia

                            Framing the ideological outcomes of the Libyan revolution through the Arab and Western media

13:30 - 14:00     Eman Ahmed

                            The Role of a Phonic Intervention Program in Developing Reading Skills in Second Language Acquisition of English for Struggling Readers in Bahrain

14:00 - 14:30     Souheyla Ghebghoub

                            The effect of input modality on incidental EFL vocabulary learning: integrating imagery in listening-while-reading mode

14:30 - 15:00     Yaqing Hu

                            Multidominance in Comparative Structures of Mandarin Chinese

15:00 - 15:20     Coffee Break

15:20 - 16:20     Plenary: Dr James White (University College London)

                            Influence of neutralisation avoidance on phonological learning

16:20 - 16:50     Wei-Min Wu

                            Directional verb compounds in Mandarin Chinese

16:50 - 17:20     Chandeera Gunawardena

                            Verb movement in second language acquisition

17:30 - 18:30     Conference reception in the Humanities Research Institute atrium


Online registration for ShefLing PGC has now closed. If you wish to attend, you may register on the first day of the conference from 9:30-10:00. Registration is £10. 

Traveling and Accomodation

How to travel to and within Sheffield.

Where to stay in Sheffield, including on- and off-campus accommodation.

What to see and do while you are in Sheffield.

For information on previous meetings, see our meeting archive.