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 hope to attract another vibrant, diverse, international and interdisciplinary crowd. Welcome all!

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


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

To all those accepted into the conference (presentations and posters)...

Please complete our pre-registration survey to confirm attendance. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THE SURVEY BY MONDAY 11 FEB, WE WILL ASSUME YOU CAN NO LONGER ATTEND.

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:

Conference fees

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 students with conference funding: £60
  • BAAL students with conference funding: £50
  • Fractional, retired, hourly-paid, adjunct, or student without conference funding: £20

Registration and payment will be available shortly.


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

We are extremely grateful to the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh and SCILT for supporting BSL / English sign language interpreting at the conference. Deaf delegates with Access to Work funding, please contact Events Organiser Rachel O’Neill ( to discuss, which can be by Skype / Facetime.

We are also able to help you organise childcare in Edinburgh, in the interests of inclusion for working parents and caregivers.

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.

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