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The Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL), in collaboration with the Society for Pidgin and Creole Languages (SPCL), will meet in 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”.

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.

The conference organisers are especially encouraging abstracts pertaining to any of the following panel themes in any of the sub-disciplines of linguistics:

  • Indigenous Costa Rican Languages
  • Costa Rican Spanish
  • Limonese Creole
  • Language and Migration in the Caribbean
  • Language and Education
  • Language and Communication
  • Translation
  • Language Endangerment and Language Death
  • Language Policies in Multilingual Caribbean Societies
  • Language and Identity in the Caribbean



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.

La organización del congreso extiende una especial invitación a resúmenes de presentaciones referentes a los temas de cualquiera de las subdisciplinas de la lingüística que se señalan a continuación:

  • Lenguas indígenas de Costa Rica
  • Español de Costa Rica Criollo limonense (Limon Kryol)
  • Lengua y migración en el Caribe
  • Lengua y educación
  • Lengua y comunicación
  • Traducción
  • Lenguas en peligro y extinción de lenguas
  • Políticas lingüísticas en sociedades caribeñas multilingües
  • Lengua e identidad en el Caribe

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Poster presentations



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

useful info

Social Programme

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


social programme

Useful Information

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

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