Welcome to ULAB: Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain.
The student run UK organisation for students of linguistics and related fields.

ULAB2015 at York St John University

Formed in 2011, the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain (ULAB) brought together undergraduate students from all over the UK for a conference at the University of Edinburgh, which was a great success.

The following year, ULAB 2011’s success was repeated at the University of West England, Bristol. Again, sharing, networking, meeting and greeting. Linguists being linguists. In 2013 ULAB became even bigger and better, with a great conference at the University of York. In 2014, Edinburgh hosted ULAB for a second time.

WHEN will the next conference be?

17/18/19 April 2015.
Registration will open SOON. Make sure you like our Facebook page for the latest updates.

WHAT will it be?

Talks, plenaries, workshops, posters, refreshments and linguists!

WHERE will it be?

York St John University

General information

ULAB is a conference for linguistics, you do not have to present to be a delegate but you will still have to register. To present at ULAB you will have to submit an abstract, however if you’re not keen on presenting your paper, you are welcome to take part in the poster session. There will be a poster display throughout the two days so people can look at them during the breaks. You can also take part if you are presenting your paper, since we will probably have simultaneous sessions going on, some people might not be able to come to your talk and it would be nice for them to be able see a poster about it.

Papers on any topic in linguistics you have researched as an undergraduate can be accepted. Postgrad students can give papers at ULAB, but only on work they did as an undergrad. Typically people present work that formed part of their final year dissertation, but this is not always the case. Any research you’ve done in your spare time or any idea you’ve been developing can be presented: it can be work in progress and doesn’t have to be finished results. You will be among peers so there’s no need to be too nervous: you will receive lots of constructive feed-back and new ideas and perspectives, not just in questions after your paper but also in the tea-breaks (the most important part of a conference!) and the socialising parts of the week-end.

It is planned that speakers at the conference will be given the chance to have their papers published in a volume of proceedings. This means that you will be given a few months after the conference to submit a more polished, written version of your paper which will be included in a book a bit like a journal which will be published either online or in physical form (more information about this will be made available later).

The conference contains other elements besides papers: there will also be an AGM (annual general meeting) to elect the new national committee of ULAB, to ratify the new constitution, and to select the next venue. If you wish your university to host ULAB 2016, you will be given a chance at the AGM to make a proposal and it will be voted on by everyone present. Apart from the formal parts of the conference, there will also be a meet and greet, a meal, other chances to socialise and explore the city.

Further information will be available closer to the conference, if you have any questions, please contact us.