Language Policy Forum 2019

Language policy: Lenses, layers, entry points

30-31 May 2019, University of Edinburgh, UK

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Our 2019 conference leads on from our highly successful inaugural conference in 2018 at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, where delegates from over 20 countries met to discuss a diversity of issues in language policy. This year we have another vibrant, diverse, international and interdisciplinary crowd. Non-presenting attendees are welcome as well - welcome all!


The local organising committee: Rachel O'Neill (chair), Wilson McLeod, Florence Bonacina-Pugh, Hao Zhang and Mai Nguyen.

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Plenary speakers

Prof. Helen Kelly Holmes, Professor of Applied Languages and Director of the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland

Prof. Constant Leung, Professor of Educational Linguistics, Kings College London, UK

Advice panel on writing monographs

In last year's conference we scheduled a panel of journal editors to give advice for prospective authors. This year we're running a similar panel for early career researchers, on the subject of writing monographs. Four experienced monograph authors will give their top tips about the long and winding road of writing, submitting, editing, proofing, and everything in between!

Julia Sallabank, SOAS University of London: Attitudes to Endangered Languages: Identities and Policies, Cambridge University Press, 2013

Joseph Gafaranga, University of Edinburgh: Bilingualism as Interactional Practices, Edinburgh University Press, 2018

Lisa McEntee-Atalianis, Birkbeck University: Identity in Applied Linguistics Research, Bloomsbury, 2018

David Cassels Johnson, University of Iowa: Language Policy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013


The programme is live! Please click here to see our exciting lineup of speakers and panels!

Joining the Language Policy BAAL SIG

Updates and preliminary discussions will take place on the mailing list of the Language Policy special interest group. The group is open to all, and free to join:

Registration and fees

**REGISTRATION DEADLINE: presenters, April 30; non-presenters, May 15**

We are aiming for maximum inclusivity in this conference, at all career stages, and taking into account variations in job security throughout academia. Please note that to keep costs to a minimum, lunch will not provided. There is, however, a cafeteria on site as well as many restaurants and shops nearby.

  • Employed full-time, BAAL non-member: £120
  • Employed full-time, BAAL member: £100
  • Non-BAAL fractional, non-BAAL student with conference funding: £60
  • BAAL fractional, BAAL student with conference funding: £50
  • Retired, unemployed, student without conference funding: £20

Please register via this link (secure payment page on the University of Edinburgh website).


We aim for maximum accessibility, including physical location and navigation of buildings. The venue is fully accessible, with level access and lifts between floors.

We are extremely grateful to SCILT for supporting BSL / English sign language interpreting at the conference. Please contact Events Organiser Rachel O’Neill ( to discuss, which can be in BSL by Skype / Facetime.

A phone signal is available on most networks throughout the campus. There is also campus-wide eduroam (works with any university login), and a guest wifi signal (login details will be given during the conference).

If you have other accessibility needs, please also email to discuss.

Suggested nearby Accommodation

food at the conference

Teas and coffees are included in the conference fee and shown on the programme. Lunch is not included, but is available to buy cheaply in the cafe in 50 George Square. The conference meal is on Thursday 30th May at nearby Ciao Roma (advance bookings only). When you pay the conference fee you will have the option of booking the conference meal too at £17. This is a first course and a glass of wine or soft drink. Other events will be added to this web page.