Call for Papers: IATL 36

We are pleased to announce the 36th annual conference of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics (IATL), which will take place at Bar Ilan University on October 14-15, 2020. The conference will consist of a general session and a special session on bilingualism, as well as a poster session. Talks will be 30-minute long plus 10 minutes for discussion.

General Session

We invite submissions of abstracts for presentations of previously unpublished research in all areas of theoretical linguistics, including, but not limited to: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and computational linguistics.

Special Session – Bilingualism and Theoretical Linguistics

Research on bilingualism has a long history of using formal linguistic theory to address acquisition / maintenance of features and syntactic structures in the two languages of bilingual speakers. This work challenges Chomsky’s original notion of an “ideal speaker-listener”. Recent theoretically-motivated research has offered opportunities to reconsider fundamental constructs, using bilingualism to address theories which speak to the capacities and architecture of human language.

We invite theoretically informed submissions of abstracts for talks or posters on topics in bilingualism, second and third language acquisition, including but not limited to: child and adult bilingualism, heritage bilingualism, bimodal bilingualism, incomplete acquisition and attrition, codeswitching, language distance. Papers combining experimental methodologies with theoretical argumentation or implications for general linguistic theory are particularly welcome.

Invited Speakers

  • Alda Mari (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS)
  • Ianthi Maria Tsimpli (University of Cambridge)

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be no longer than two pages, including examples and references. Page format: A4, 2.54cm (one inch) margins on all sides, 12-point font, single line spacing. Submissions are restricted to at most one single-authored and one co-authored abstract per person.

Please submit abstracts to the IATL EasyChair site:

Please register at the site as an author, and when you receive a password, you can enter the site and submit your abstract. The abstract should be submitted in PDF format through the ‘Upload Abstract’ section near the bottom of the page. When submitting your abstract, please indicate whether you wish your abstract to be considered both for presentation as a talk and as a poster (the category of presentation will be decided by the program committee), or if you prefer that your abstract be considered only for a talk or only for a poster.

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Important Dates

  • April 30, 2020: Abstract submission deadline
  • Late June, 2020: Notification of acceptance to authors
  • October 14-15, 2020: IATL 36 Conference

IATL 36 web site:

If you have questions or encounter any problems, please contact IATL secretary at