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Abstract Submission

**Submission Deadline extented to March 17, 2018**

Abstracts will be submitted to a six-member panel for anonymous review, and should be submitted electronically to EASY ABSTRACTS (EasyAbs) (see below for instructions). Only abstracts related to Caribbean languages will be considered at SCL conferences (joint conferences may include other languages). Submitters should expect an acknowledgement of receipt from the Secretariat or automated acknowledgement via EasyAbs. If you do not receive any form of acknowledgement, you should e-mail within a week to confirm receipt. This could be 1) due to internet problems or 2) due to incorrect submission of abstracts as per the instructions below - wrongly submitted abstracts will generally receive no acknowledgement.


Early Bird Abstracts: 30 October 2017

Early Notification of acceptance:20 December 2017

Deadline for Abstracts:15 February 2018

Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2018


Instructions for Submission of Abstracts (Electronic Format only)

Please read the Society and Conference Rules before submitting an abstract.

Please follow these seven instructions carefully. If the instructions are not followed, abstracts WILL BE rejected altogether and will not be considered. No acknowledgement of receipt will be sent in the case of such submissions. Late abstracts will not be considered or acknowledged.  A person may submit more than one abstract as part of a group of authors or as part of different groups of authors.

1. Word limit: An abstract must be no more than 500 words (see suggestions for successful abstracts below). Please indicate the word count at the bottom of the abstract. Except for the instructions given below, no special form or format is needed for this initial submission of the abstract.

2. At the top of the abstract, put the title.

3. To ensure anonymity,
do not put your name in the abstract name or in the abstract itself.

4. For IPA transcriptions, please use ANY Unicode font. Special non-Unicode fonts often do not transmit accurately. Lucida Sans Unicode is automatically available in Microsoft Word. We particularly recommend Doulos SIL (a Unicode font, among others, available at http://scripts.sil.org/DoulosSIL_download for Mac and PC users). If you use any non-Unicode font for IPA transcriptions in your abstract or your paper, you must submit a PDF copy to EasyAbs.

If you need a PDF creator, go to this site to choose a free downloadable PDF creator: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PDF_software.

If you send a hard copy, e-mail secretary@scl-online.net to let us know. You should also send your special fonts file via e-mail attachment for our compilation of the programme.

Submitting your abstract:



5. When submitting your abstract, please indicate whether you are submitting as part of a proposed panel.

6. Please indicate whether you prefer to present your paper as a poster or as an oral presentation. (Posters should be a maximum of 3' w x 31/2' h OR 3 1/2' w x 3' h - see poster presentations guidelines). Once your abstract has been accepted, you will be asked to indicate your multimedia needs, if any.

7. Participants should indicate what language they plan to present in (French, English, Spanish or Kwéyòl) and whether they will need interpretation at the conference. These facilities may or may not be available.

Guidelines and tips for poster presentations


Please note that all conference papers will be distributed AFTER the conference. The format for the submission of papers will be sent to all those whose abstracts have been accepted and whose papers will have been delivered at the conference.


Suggestions for Successful Abstracts

1. Abstracts are more often rejected because they omit crucial information rather than because of errors in what they do include. Make sure the abstract clearly indicates your point.

2. Choose a title that clearly indicates the topic of the paper, but is as short as possible.

3. State the problem or research question, with specific reference to relevant prior research.

4. State the main point or argument of the proposed presentation.

5. Cite sufficient data, and explain why and how they support the main point or argument. When examples are in languages or varieties other than standard English, provide word-by-word glosses and capitalise the portions of the examples which are critical to the argument. Explain abbreviations at their first occurrence.

6. Indicate the nature of the research design and the specific hypothesis. If your paper is not yet complete, report the results you have already obtained (or what you expect to obtain) in sufficient detail so that your abstract may be properly evaluated.

7. State the relevance of your ideas to past work or to the future development of the field. Describe analyses in as much detail as possible. Avoid saying in effect "a solution to this problem will be presented." State what the "solution" is/might be. If you are taking a stand on an issue, summarise the arguments that lead you to your position.


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 registration)


social programme

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