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We are pleased to announce that the Graduate Student Conference in Learner Corpus Research 2021 will be hosted by the Faculty of Education at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

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 11-12 October 2021

A virtual conference, under the aegis of the Learner Corpus Association (LCA). The Learner Corpus Association is an international association which aims to promote the field of learner corpus research and provide an interdisciplinary forum for all the researchers and professionals who are actively involved in the field or simply want to know more about it. 

This event offers a great opportunity for MA and PhD students to present their (in-progress) results, share ideas, receive feedback from senior researchers in the field, and further develop their professional networks. We also welcome submissions from former students who have earned their MA within the 18 months prior to the conference, regardless of their current formal student status.

Researchers who already hold a doctoral degree are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend as non-presenting delegates, helping to ensure the high quality of the event and to foster the careers of students within the field of LCR.

The language of the conference is English, the conference platform will be Zoom, and there will be no conference fee.


Plenary speakers

We are very pleased to announce our two keynote speakers:

v  Sylviane Granger (Professor Emerita, University of Louvain, Belgium)

v  Luciana Forti (Researcher and Lecturer, University for Foreigners of Perguia, Italy)

Please visit our conference website for details about our speakers.


We welcome submissions that address all aspects of learner corpus research from any perspective, including but not restricted to the following areas: first and second language acquisition, first and second language acquisition theory, methodological innovations or applications, corpus analysis tools, applications in fields including foreign language teaching, language testing and natural language processing (automated scoring, spell- and grammar-checking, L1 identification).

Abstracts should provide the following:

  • title;
  • clearly articulated research question(s) and its/their relevance to LCR;
  • the most essential details about research approach, data and methods;
  • if possible, (preliminary) results and their interpretation.

You may apply for one of the following:

  • Digital poster presentation: 1 poster plus 3-minute video
  • Paper: 20 minutes plus 5-10 minutes discussion

You are welcome to submit more than one contribution, but please note that you can be first author for only one contribution.

Digital posters are to be created in PowerPoint and submitted with a short video (max. 3 minutes) in advance of the conference. They will be made available throughout the conference for asynchronous comments and questions.

A paper is a 20-minute talk, given live. Presenters will be able to share a PowerPoint (or similar) presentation from their own computer. A Q&A session of 5-10 minutes will follow each talk.

Instructions for poster and paper presenters, along with deadlines, will be sent out upon acceptance. We will also set up an accessible ‘Help Center’ to provide experience with the digital platform, including the technical aspects of ‘sharing’ a presentation online.

Abstracts should be submitted through EasyChair. If you have not already done so, you will be prompted to set up an EasyChair account.

Abstract submission deadline: 1 June 2021

Word limit for abstracts: 300 words excluding references. Please also submit your anonymized abstract (with references added) as a pdf file.

Our submission link: Click here.

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by our scientific committee. Notification of acceptance will be sent out in July 2021.

Further information

Please consult our Q&A section here.

Find us on Twitter: @LCRgradconf

Contact us via e-mail here.

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 About the Learner Corpus Association (and how to join!): here 

 Local organising committee

English Language in Use’ research group

Faculty of Education, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences