Call for papers

Manchester Forum in Linguistics (mFiL)
The University of Manchester, 30 April – 1 May 2020

Meeting description

The Manchester Forum in Linguistics (mFiL) is an annual international conference which brings together new researchers from every field of linguistics. The aim of the event is to share current theoretical and methodological linguistic work and provide information and advice for postgraduate students and early-career researchers, through oral and poster presentations, plenary talks, and a careers panel.

The eighth instalment will be held at the University of Manchester on 30 April – 1 May 2020.

Key information

  • Now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations
  • Deadline for submissions: 24 January 2020
  • Extended Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2020
  • Maximum of one single-authored paper and one co-authored paper or two co-authored papers
  • One- or two-page abstracts of no more than 750 words
  • Use template provided (
  • Abstracts must be fully anonymous (including metadata!)
  • Submission through EasyChair (

Submission of abstracts

Submissions for oral and poster presentations in all areas of linguistics are welcomed. Oral presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes allocated for questions, comments and discussion. Poster presentations will be presented during a dedicated session on the schedule. Preference will be given to abstracts which contain implications for linguistic theory or employ a novel methodology.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 31 January 2020 (midnight GMT).

Authors are permitted to submit a maximum of one single-authored paper and one co-authored paper or a total of two co-authored papers.

Abstracts should be either one or two pages in length. Additionally, there is an upper word limit of 750 words. Both these restrictions include optional extras such as glossed examples, tables, figures, references and the like. The abstract title, author name(s), institution(s) and e-mail address(es) are excluded from the word count. It is not necessary to specify the word count in your abstract.

Authors are asked to use one of the templates provided below to produce a PDF to be submitted for consideration.

The format of these templates is an A4-sized page with 2.5cm margins on all sides using a single-spaced 12pt serif font, specifically Junicode (freely available to download here: Authors may alternatively use another, similar serif font.

Abstracts must be fully anonymous. To this end, do not include your name or institution in the text or metadata of the submitted file. Please also make sure that any references to your own work are in the third person.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to supply an editable, revised, non-anonymous version for inclusion in the book of abstracts (also using one of the above templates).

Submissions will be made through EasyChairĀ ( If you have not previously registered with EasyChair, you will need to do so in order to submit an abstract. Upon submission, you will be asked whether you would like your abstract to be considered for an oral presentation, poster presentation or either.

Competition for best abstract

This year, mFiL will offer a prize for the best single-authored or co-authored abstract. The prize will consist of one free registration and one free dinner.

Notification of acceptance

Notifications of acceptance were sent via e-mail on 26 February 2020.