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Register hereThe Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL), in collaboration with the Society for Pidgin and Creole Languages (SPCL), will meet at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Heredia and Límon, Costa Rica from 5 to 12 August 2018 for its 22nd Biennial Conference. The Conference will be hosted by the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica under the theme "Connecting the Caribbean: Languages, Borders, and Identities”.

Please note that the Conference will be split between two cities, beginning in Heredia on 5 August, them moving on to Limón from 8 to 11 August. Transportation between the two sites is included in the full Registration fee. See more information under Accommodation.

Abstracts on all types of Caribbean languages are invited. Caribbean languages include spoken and signed languages, Amerindian languages, Creole languages, standardised, official and non-standardised language varieties, immigrant languages, heritage languages, endangered languages, and religious and ritual languages. Read full Call for Papers.

ACCEPTANCE: Once you have received your formal acceptance letter, please confirm or cancel your attendance as necessary. Registration is key for the planning and programming process, and only registered participants will appear on the programme 4 weeks before the start of the conference. 


La Sociedad de Lingüística del Caribe (SCL, por sus siglas en inglés) en colaboración con la Sociedad de Pidgins y Lenguas Criollas (SPCL, siglas en inglés), se reunirán en Costa Rica del 5 al 12 de agosto de 2018 para celebrar su 22º Congreso Bienal. El congreso será organizado por la Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica bajo el lema "Conectando el Caribe: Lenguas, fronteras e identidades”.

Se invita a remitir resúmenes acerca de todo tipo de lenguas del Caribe. Las lenguas del Caribe incluyen lenguas habladas y de señas, lenguas amerindias, lenguas criollas, estandarizadas, oficiales y variedades de lenguas no estandarizadas, lenguas autóctonas, lenguas patrimoniales, lenguas en peligro y lenguas de uso religioso y ritual. »


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Guest Speaker

Guest Speakers

J. Diego Quesada, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. Dr. Quesada got his BA in English in 1986 and his Master's in Linguistics in 1989 at the University of Costa Rica Read More»

Joyce Pereira (University of Aruba) has a Master's in Dutch Language and Literature. She had taught Dutch and Papiamento didactics at the Instituto Pedagogico Arubano.. Read More»



Host University
The Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA) is one of five public universities in Costa Rica, with the main campus located in the city of Heredia. Learn more»

Heredia, Heredia Province (Aug 5-8 and 11-12)
One of Costa Rica's most historical cities, founded in 1705 and nicknamed "City of Flowers". Located in central Costa Rica amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery. Learn more»

Limón (Aug 8-11)
Stretching along the Caribbean Coast, Limón is considered to be one of the most pristine and lush regions of Costa Rica. Learn more»

important dates

Important Dates

Submission of full papers:
12 August 2018

Early Bird Registration:
ends 30 June 2018

Notification of acceptance:
15 April 2018

Deadline for Abstracts:
15 February 2018
Extended to March 17

Early Notification of acceptance:
20 December 2017

Early Bird Abstracts:
30 October 2017

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Social Programme

- Tuesday Conference Dinner (Heredia)
- Friday Lunch (Limón)
- Limón Cultural Activity (tba)
- Conference T-Shirt (preorder with registrration)


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Useful Information

Before you go:
- Airlines flying to Costa Rica
- Airport > Juan Santamaría International (SJO), San José
- Entry Requirements
- Visas by Nationality
- Yellow Fever Vaccination

Arriving in Costa Rica:
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