Call For Papers


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JSLS2021 is the 22nd Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences. JSLS2021 will be held June 5 (Sat.)- June 6 (Sun.), 2021. It will be an online virtual conference.

JSLS hopes to stimulate research in the language sciences based on natural language data, in areas such as language acquisition, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, and to support the development of the language sciences through exchange between researchers. This conference is international and multidisciplinary.

Participation Fee

  • Free for member
  • 1000 yen for non-member

Conference Areas

JSLS2021 accepts and promotes scientific research related to linguistics (e.g., phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics), first language acquisition, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language production, mother tongue education, foreign language instruction, natural language processing, cognitive linguistics, brain sciences, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, discourse research, sign language and linguistic philosophy, among others.

Submission Guidelines

All presentations must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Submissions are welcome in any research area related to language sciences (see below). Each author is only allowed to submit one abstract as the first author. Each paper presentation will be 25 minutes in length (20 minutes for presentation, followed by a 5-minute question and answer period.). The presentation of posters will be held in poster sessions. Oral presentations are eligible for the 8th JCHAT Awards (Best Paper, and Best Paper Using JCHAT/CHILDES). JSLS is a bilingual conference and papers and posters may be presented in either English or Japanese.


Presentation Categories

  • Oral presentations
  • Poster Presentations

Applicants who opt for an oral presentation might be asked to do a poster presentation instead as the number of slots for oral presentations is limited.

Keywords: Please add keywords (minimum of three).

Abstract (Paper): Please send your abstract as a pdf file attachment. Do not include any information in your abstract which may reveal your identity, as the review process will be conducted anonymously.

Length of oral presentations abstracts: 2 pages of A4 or letter-size paper (including title, tables, figures & references)

Length of poster presentation abstracts:1 page of A4 or letter-size paper (including titles, tables, figures & references)

Formatting guidelines:

  • Margins: In the case of A4, Top/bottom: 30 mm, Left/Right: 25 mm; in the case of letter-size: all margins: 1 inch.
  • Font: For English abstracts: Times New Roman (or a similar font), 12 point for text, 10 point for references/footnotes; for Japanese abstracts: MS Mincho, 12 point for text, 10 point for references/footnotes
  • Length of abstract and line spacing: single-spaced, 1000 words maximum (for English).
  • File type: Save the file as a PDF file (no other formats will be accepted).
  • Name of file: Save the file with your name <first name>-<last name>.pdf (e.g., Roger-Brown.pdf)

Each abstract will be reviewed by two reviewers. The results will be announced by mid-March, 2020.

Conference Handbook

If your proposal is accepted, you will be requested to send a copy of your paper for the Conference Handbook by April, 30. The maximum length for papers and posters is four pages and two pages respectively. The paper size should be A4 or letter (only in black and white). Conference Handbook abstracts will be accessible in PDF form via the JSLS website. This is a service exclusively for JSLS members.

Additional Information

Please note that primary authors/presenters of papers/posters that have been accepted will need to be members of JSLS in 2021 by 24, April (for further information, please refer to . Co-presenters do not have to be members, but must be registered for the conference if they plan to attend.


All questions about submissions should be emailed to the JSLS2020 Review Committee Chairperson, Kei Nakamura (