Theme: Language contact and change in an interconnected world.

Map graphic of connections between countries around the world

We live in a time of great linguistic and cultural diversity and other ecopolitical manifestations that impact the study of language and linguistics in both urbanised and more rural settings. In light of these developments, and the presumed increasing contact between various languages in our interconnected world, the conference invites a dialogue that reflects on these issues.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Lutz Marten – School of Oriental and African Studies, University College London
  • Professor Karen Corrigan – School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University
  • Dr Joseph Gafaranga - School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, the University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Hannah Gibson – Department of Linguistics, University of Essex

Call for papers

We welcome individual and group submissions around (and beyond) the conference theme of ‘Language contact and change in an interconnected world’. The deadline for submission is Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Download the call for papers:


The Conference Programme will be uploaded in June 2020 once papers and panels have been selected and confirmed.

Book your place

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The conference will take place at the University of Westminster’s Regent Street Campus at 309, Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW. 

Conference organisers


For any information regarding the conference, please email the team at [email protected]


London has a huge range of accommodation options at varying prices. Many of those within walking distance to our Regent Street Campus are between £80-200 per night.

The University of Westminster can also offer special accommodation and discounted prices. View rates and booking information on our Marylebone Hall page. Rates are from £73 to £105 per room.

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The University of Westminster has several campuses spread across the city, but the conference will be based in its central location at 309 Regent Street.

Our Regent Street Campus is in the heart of London, with the nearest tube station being Oxford Circus, which is on the Victoria, Central and Bakerloo underground lines. We are in walking distance (20-25 minutes) from Euston and Kings Cross/St Pancras stations, and have direct underground links to Euston, Kings cross/St Pancras, Victoria and Paddington stations.

The easiest way to pay for public transport in London is through contactless card payments or by the Oyster Card system, but there are a number of fares which may also be more advantageous depending on your needs.

For more information about using the London tube, buses or other forms of transport, visit the Transport for London website

In order of proximity to the city centre, the main airports in London are:

  • City
  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Luton
  • Stansted

All have easy and direct access to the main tube and/or rail stations across London.