28th GeSuS Linguistics Days postponed to May 2022

Dear colleagues,

due to the unclear and uncertain Corona situation, we have decided to postpone the 28th GeSuS Linguistics Days to 2022, May 16-18. Then, we hope, it will finally be possible to hold meetings in attendance again and look forward to welcoming you to Odense. For those of you who cannot or do not wish to travel even by then, we will offer the possibility of online participation.

All abstracts already submitted and accepted will remain accepted. However, we would ask for an update. More information on deadlines, registration, fees, etc. will follow shortly.

With best regards

The GeSuS28 Team

28th GeSuS Linguistics Days, Society for Language and Languages

Theme: Language(s) – Sprache(n) – Sprog (sg./pl.)

– 16.-18. May 2022, University of Southern Denmark in Odense –

The Department of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense and the Centre for Communication, Culture and Society cordially invite you to the 28th GeSuS Linguistics Days. The conference will be held 16.–18 May 2022 at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. The theme of the conference is Language(s) – Sprache(n) – Sprog (sg./pl.).

Since the very first meeting in Munich in 1992, the Society for Language and Languages (GeSuS – Gesellschaft für Sprache und Sprachen) has arranged their annual Linguistics Days in several European countries. The Society dedicates itself to the research of language and languages in all linguistic sub-disciplines and is open to different theoretical approaches and frameworks.

In 2022, the Linguistics Days will be held in Denmark for the first time.

This year’s theme Language(s) – Sprache(n) – Sprog (sg./pl.) addresses the central position of implicit and explicit comparisons in linguistic research. Typological, comparative-historical, and contrastive studies are explicitly comparative by nature, whereas explorations of a single language, e.g. within a framework claiming universality, are, as a rule, based on or at least inspired by an implicitly comparative account. Thus, they have the potential for being comparative.

Besides discussing the results of concrete explicitly or implicitly comparative studies, the GeSuS Linguistics Days 2022 aim at focussing the comparison of linguistic phenomena as a method and as an instrument for gaining new insights from different perspectives.

Topic Areas

Relevant contributions to the conference include, but are not limited to, explicitly or implicitly comparative studies from the following areas:

  • Phonology, Morphology, Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse- and Text Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Translation studies
  • Language acquisition and Language teaching
  • Multilingualism in individuals, organisations, and societies

Keynote Speakers

Ulla Vanhatalo, University of Helsinki (Finland)

Claus Ehrhardt, University of Urbino (Italy)

Svetlana Kraeva, Chelyabinsk State University (Russia)

Conference Languages

The main languages of the conference are English and German. As the Linguistics Days support linguistic diversity, we welcome parallel language use with respect to papers and presentations by covering at least one of the main languages of the conference, such as providing presentation slides in English accompanied by a spoken presentation in Danish, or a handout in Polish accompanied by a spoken presentation in German.

Abstracts and Deadlines

Sections: Please send your proposal for sections until (follows) 2022, including a short description (approx. 200 words) in English or German, to klge@sdu.dk. The sections will be shown on the conference website.

Papers and posters: Abstracts for papers (20 minutes presentation plus 10 minutes discussion) or posters should be written in English or German and have a length of 400 words including references. They should be submitted no later than (follows) 2022 to klge@sdu.dk. Notification of acceptance will be (follows) 2022 at the latest.

Registration for presenters will be open until (follows) 2022.


Klaus Geyer, Alexandra Holsting, Rasmus Nielsen, Uwe Kjær Nissen, Simon Hedegaard, Lone Villemoes

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