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University of Edinburgh 2022


The proceedings of ULAB 2022 are now live! Click here for details.

Welcome to the homepage for the 2022 ULAB conference.

The Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain (ULAB) was founded in 2011. Since then, ULAB has hosted an annual conference which aims to give undergraduate students, and recent graduates, a chance to showcase their research. The ULAB 2022 conference will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh in a hybrid format, with participation both in-person and online being an option for attendees. The conference is being organised by a group of undergraduate students at the University of Edinburgh. Every year, a prize sponsored by the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) is awarded to the best presentation, as voted on by the conference attendees. The prize consists of free LAGB membership for a year and the opportunity to attend and present the research at the following LAGB Annual Meeting with full funding, as well as the option to receive coaching and advice in presenting at academic conferences with a member of the LAGB committee.

The submissions deadline of 31st January has now passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted, you should have received your feedback along with further information of what to do next. You can view the status of your submission on EasyChair.

The conference programme has now been finalised, and you can download it on this page (see the 'Downloads' box). We are currently working on uploading the programme to the website so that you can add it to your calendar.


The conference will be hosted at the University of Edinburgh, on the main campus. Online participation will also be possible.


If you choose to travel to Edinburgh to attend the conference in person (we’d love to have you!), here are a few affordable accommodation options:


We will provide lunch for all conference attendees. There will be an option on the registration form to indicate your dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, halal, gluten-free etc).


We will be hosting a variety of social events throughout the conference so you have the opportunity to meet fellow linguists. Details will be announced and listed in the 'Events' tab above closer to the time.


We hope that no student will be unable to attend the conference for purely financial reasons. As such, we have received funding to provide a number of bursaries to students who fit this category. For more details, and to apply, click here.


We will be providing BSL interpreters for all our talks and will ensure that all locations are wheelchair accessible. The online platforms we use will have automatic captions. Presenters will be given guidance on how to give an accessible presentation, in regards to colour-contrast on slides and image descriptions, among other measures. When registering, you will be able to detail your access requirements and discuss them with our Accessibility Officer if you wish.

Submission Guidelines

For the first time, we are allowing school students to give a poster presentation at the conference. If you are a school student, you will find relevant information by clicking here.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words. If you have not written an abstract before, you can find a helpful guide to writing an abstract on our website here: Abstract Writing Guide.

All submissions must fall within the field of linguistics. As this is an undergraduate conference, the bulk of the work for all submissions must have been carried out whilst the author was an undergraduate student of linguistics or a related discipline, and so long as their undergraduate studies were completed no more than three years prior to submitting the abstract. Please also note that the work needn't have been finished by the time you submit your abstract!

We accept abstracts from students all over the world! You don't have to be studying at a British university to apply, and we gladly welcome abstracts from further afield. All abstract submissions must be in English, but presentations can be in English or BSL. If you wish to present in BSL please email us at [email protected] to let us know.

This year there will be three different types of presentation: full-length talks (roughly 20-25 minutes), short talks (roughly 5-10 minutes) and poster presentations, and you will be asked to indicate in the submission form what your preferred presentation type is.


We will aim to publish proceedings from the ULAB 2022 conference, and these will likely be hosted on Zenodo, an open access platform. See here for proceedings from the ULAB 2021 conference:


All questions about submissions should be emailed to [email protected].

Sister Conferences

71st Student Conference on Linguistics (StuTS), Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 26-28 May 2022