Department of Language and Linguistics


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The annual Sociolinguist Essex Conference brings together Master and PhD students from the University of Essex and beyond to discuss current trends, methodologies, and challenges in sociolinguistics and related fields.

The Sociolinguist Essex Conference is organised by postgraduate research students from the Department of Language and Linguistics. It provides a friendly platform for sharing ideas and receiving constructive feedback, with no fees required.  Presenters include current and former members of the University of Essex postgraduate community, including Master and PhD students, as well as 3rd Year Undergraduates, and staff. 

The annual, one-day conference hosts postgraduate and 3rd Year students who wish to present their research on topics relating to the field of sociolinguistics, including but not limited to: conversation analysis, language variation, prestige and maintenance, language policy and planning, and other similar areas of research. Presenters have the option to share their research by oral or poster presentation.

This year's conference


Due to circumstances imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of presenters and guests, we regret to inform you that SLX24 has been postponed.  Whilst we will continue to plan for SLX24 in Spring 2021, the current plans are provisional according to lockdown regulations.  In light of the current situation, we will endeavour to provide a fixed date for next year’s conference once there is further information available. 

We hope to see you in 2021! In the meantime, we invite you to browse the programmes from previous conferences below. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at:

Previous conferences

SLXX 2017

SLXX 2016

The SLX XX programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

  • Domains as a sign of language shift (workplace): the case of Libyan Tuareg (Salah Adam)
  • Lenition of the feminine plural suffix (a:t) in the dialect of Ha’il : a variationist sociolinguistic analysis (Deema Alammar)
  • The formation of the Broken Plural by bilingual Iraqi-English children from a sociolinguistic perspective (Alyaa Al-Timimi)
  • The relationship between the ego-centred network trajectory and the local phonological variation in a Northern Thai industrial estate (Kosin Panyaatisin)
  • Variation between [a:] and [ɔ:]: The Case of Al-Ahsa in Saudi Arabia (Moayyad Al Bohnayyah)
  • The case of the Dawaser in Dammam city in Saudi Arabia: Variation between [ʤ] and [j] (Hind Alaodini)
  • “Are you Australian?” Uncovering attitudes towards Suffolk English, the enregisterment of a peripheral British dialect, and otherness (Robert Potter)
  • Variation in the use of Jim in Bedouin Medini Arabic (Abeer Hussain)
  • T-glottalling Revisited: Variation and Change in Young RP T-glottalling Revisited: Variation and Change in Young RP (Berta Badia Barrera)
  • Politeness in Dzongkha, National Language of Bhutan (Wangchuk Rinzin)
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