TaLC2020 main conference

Academic Programme

The programme will consist of full papers, pre-conference workshops, poster sessions, as well as plenary talks. The pre-conference workshops will take place on Wednesday 15 July, and the main conference will start on Thursday morning, finishing on Saturday after lunch. The following speakers have agreed to give plenaries : Maggie Charles (University of Oxford), Mark Davies (Brigham Young University), Sylvain Detey (Waseda University), François Maniez (University of Lyon 2), Pascual Pérez-Paredes (University of Cambridge). [The following speakers will be present at the Baby-TaLC / E-GRAPHELES conference in May: Mireille Bilger (University of Perpignan), Alex Boulton (University of Lorraine), Janice Carruthers (Queen’s University Belfast), Françoise Olmo Cazvieille (Polytechnic University Valencia), Pascual Pérez-Paredes (University of Cambridge)]

Conference venue

The conference will be held at the University of Perpignan in the south of France. Although there is an airport in Perpignan, with a range of international destinations, the nearest large international airports are Barcelona and Toulouse. There are regular train services from these cities to Perpignan. See practical information below.

Abstract Submission

Paper presentations will consist of a 20-minute talk (in English) followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Papers reporting on empirical research should represent either completed work, or work in progress where some results can be reported. Presentations that take the form of a software demonstration are also welcome. Topics that are within the scope of TaLC include, but are not necessarily limited to, corpus-based approaches to language learning, teaching and assessment in the following areas:

  • teaching first and second languages (including data-driven learning materials and student-centred linguistic investigation)
  • teaching languages for specific purposes
  • teaching interpreting and translation
  • engaging with spoken data
  • teaching intercultural communication
  • developing pedagogic grammars and learner dictionaries
  • developing corpora/tools/resources
  • teacher education
  • research on second language acquisition and learner corpus research
  • teaching of corpus methods to students and researchers in linguistics
  • etc.

We request abstracts of 300-500 words for paper presentations. Submissions for poster presentations may be shorter. Generally, we suggest submitting an abstract for a poster rather than a paper presentation for: (a) reports on research in its very early phases with no intermediate or final results to report or (b) reports on new corpus data resources.

Abstracts should be submitted through the online submission system by clicking on the following link:

TaLC main conference abstract submission

Author names should not appear in the main body of the abstract. Abstracts can be uploaded as pdf files as well as plain text online. Authors should state whether it is a full paper or a poster proposal. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2020 2 February 2020.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the end of February 2020.  There will be student as well as early-bird discounts. More information on registration to follow.


If you are interested in organising one of the workshops, please contact the organisers (talc2020@univ-perp.fr) with a brief proposal and proposed timeline (morning, afternoon or all-day workshop). Once the conference website indicates that the maximum number of workshops has been reached, no further proposals can be accommodated.

Practical information

The south of France is a hugely popular tourist destination in the summer months. Reservations should be made AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. There are no negotiated deals (yet) with local hotels because of the high season, but we hope to be able to come up with some special offers. Hotels in and around the city centre are recommended, such as the following: Campanile Perpignan CentreBest Western Hôtel Windsor, Hôtel Mercure Perpignan Centre, Hôtel de France Perpignan.

Please note that it is usually pretty hot in Perpignan in July. Please also note that we don’t usually operate in an air-conditioned environment (although most hotels will no doubt have air-conditionning). So, come equipped with summer clothes, swimming trunks and a fan! In terms of the working day, this does mean that we will be starting early in the morning, before the sun gets too hot, and stopping in the afternoon to allow people to sign up to a range of leisure activities including visits, seaside and canoeing. More information on the programme schedule and the various activities to come…

The conference will take place at the University of Perpignan, which is a short bus-ride (or a longish, rather unpleasant walk) from the town-centre. If you plan to arrive by plane, the airport (which has a number of national and international destinations) is not far from Perpignan (using the bus, or a short taxi-ride). However, it may be easier to arrive at international airports in Barcelona or Toulouse. There are also smaller airports not far from Perpignan such as Girona (Spain), Béziers, Carcassonne that operate Ryanair-type flights during the summer period, with a range of international destinations. For train travel, routes and timetables can be found on the SNCF website. If you take the high-speed train, TGV you will need a reserved seat. In the regional trains, seating is free. It is best not to buy a ticket on the train as there will be a surcharge. And if you get your ticket from the station, you have to remember to stamp it yourself (if at a station in France) before getting on the train using one of the yellow machines. The best thing is perhaps to buy any train tickets online prior to travel, and most tickets bought online are electronic with a QR code these days.

If you arrive at Toulouse airport there is a shuttle bus from the airport to Matabiau station (the central station where you can catch a train to Perpignan, either direct or changing at Narbonne). If you arrive at Barcelona airport, there is a Rodalies train station at the airport (foot access from Terminal 2) which takes you directly into Sants station, where the Renfe/SNCF international train can by caught for Perpignan. We would advise you to check times and book any train travel online via the Renfe or SNCF websites if possible. If you arrive at Girona airport, a taxi-ride (or bus) will take you to the station where the Barcelona-Perpignan high-speed train can be caught. There is also a shuttle coach service (Frogbus or Perpicat) linking Barcelona and Girona airports to Perpignan.

If you arrive by train, the station in Perpignan is less than a mile from the town-centre, and so there should be no need to take the bus. However, if you do wish to take the bus to the town centre (getting off at the Castillet stop, for example – you can’t miss it, in front of the castle-like town gateway), you should catch the bus immediately outside the station exiting through the modern side of the station called Centre del món. Otherwise, if you intend to walk to the town-centre, you should leave through the old side of the station which brings you to an avenue heading straight for the town-centre (passing a largish square with palm-trees after crossing a busy main road).

Bus tickets can either be bought from a machine at some bus-stops, or directly from the driver (who may not speak English). In either case, the ticket should be stamped in the machine. To get from the town-centre (from the Boulevard Clémeanceau, for example, if you’re staying in the centre) to the university, you should take the A bus (almost!) direction Parc des sports (getting off at the Campus stop, which is in front of the main entrance to the university). The journey should take approximately 10 minutes. There will be signs directing you to the conference rooms.

Social programme

Bastille day fireworks, les jeudis de Perpignan street arts and music, French language classes, visits, canoeing…

We hope to see you in Perpignan in July 2020 … or in May … or in May and July!

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