Call for Papers: Volume 9 of the Language Studies Working Papers

The University of Reading’s Language Studies Working Papers has issued a call for papers for the publication of volume 9 which many of our network followers may be interested in. The editors of the LSWP, Sophie Payne (who just happens to be founder and former coordinator of our very own GSRN!) and Roopa Leonard have emailed the follow call and are hoping to hear from as many different departments as possible:

We are now inviting PhD students to submit a paper for Volume 9 of the Language Studies Working Papers, to be published in April 2018. The LSWP is based in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, but we are very keen to accept papers from all departments at the University of Reading that offer a perspective on language-related research in the following broadly-defined areas: 

– academic literacy
– discourse and sociolinguistics
– phonetics and phonology
– child language development
– second language skills and processing
– clinical studies
– Italian studies
– German studies
– French studies
– Spanish studies

The deadline for the submission of papers is Monday 6th November 2017. Please contact us ( as soon as you can if you are considering submitting a paper, as well as if you want to discuss whether the format of your research material is appropriate for the LSWP.

Please see the variety of interesting papers that have been submitted over the years by visiting our website and scrolling to the bottom of the page where you can access the tables of contents and uploaded papers for Volumes 1-8:

Submissions may include any unpublished work, such as papers based on presentations given at departmental conferences, as well as research work in progress which relates either to a research project or your thesis. Submissions do not have to be in the form of a complete study, as they may also relate to the various stages of your PhD work, i.e., a summary of your Literature Review, early findings, or a more in-depth discussion of your results.

All submissions should be unpublished and be entirely written by their author(s). Manuscripts will be anonymously peer-reviewed by staff and students specialising in the relevant field of study.

Papers should be emailed to the Editors ( as a .doc attachment. The maximum length allowed – including notes and references – is approximately 5,000 words. A 200-word abstract summarising the content of the paper should be included after its title. Also include the author’s full name and name(s) of supervisor(s), course details and address, as well as a short biographic note in the accompanying email.

Many thanks again and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

Very best wishes,

The Editors (Sophie Payne and Roopa Leonard)


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