Call for Papers
The quality of data is paramount to obtaining robust results in linguistic research. From large quantitative studies to in-depth qualitative analyses and ethnographic fieldwork, all researchers encounter questions concerning the relevance, significance, and reliability of their data.
Graduate and doctoral students, often working on their first independent research project, are constantly faced with challenges related to data. They must consider what type of data best suits their research questions and how these data can be accessed. Once obtained, the data have to be stored, sorted, classified, analysed, and finally interpreted. During this long process, researchers must keep sight of what is theoretically and empirically advantageous, socially and ethically appropriate and practically feasible. Finally, these questions re-emerge when researchers present their data and findings to different audiences, which might range from coworkers and experts in the field to non-scientific institutions and stakeholders. Thus, the process of empirical research is to a considerable extent that of finding a path from data to knowledge.
The purpose of the IRG symposium is to create a space for young researchers to discuss their own methodological problems and share their perspectives on some fundamental scientific issues. It is also an opportunity to gain valuable experience in interacting with peers and experienced researchers during a scientific conference.
Focussing on methods, processes, challenges and problems rather than results, we will discuss issues concerning data, which arise at every step of the research process. We aim to broaden the discussion and exchange new ideas by bringing together perspectives from various language sciences including, but not limited to, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, second language acquisition and bilingualism research, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology, computer linguistics, forensic linguistics, language teaching research and language assessment. We invite contributions dealing with a variety of approaches to data, ranging from single-case to large-scale studies and including both primary and secondary data as well as mixed methods approaches.
Formats, section topics and target group
The conference structure will follow the stages of a research project from its conception to its completion. Participants will present and discuss their PAPERS (15 minutes ORAL PRESENTATION + 10 minutes discussion) in sections dedicated to various steps of the research process (see page 4 for a list of possible presentation topics in each section):
- Types of data and data selection
- Access to data and data collection
- Data management
- Data interpretation
- Challenging data: critique and validation
- Data reporting
Each session will be moderated by a discussant and will include three oral presentations followed by a group discussion of around 30 minutes. We will also consider proposals for POSTERS. The poster session will allow participants to interact in a more informal fashion and to share their ideas as well as specific challenges in smaller groups.
Three keynote speakers from three different linguistic fields will give talks relevant to the topic of the conference. Participants will also have the opportunity to MEET THE KEYNOTES in an afternoon workshop session, where they will engage in a discussion about challenges around data and share ideas on how to overcome difficulties.
The conference is organized by doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers and is aimed at young researchers who wish to present their on-going research to their peers and to experienced scholars, foster their academic network and gain experience at a scientific conference. We particularly encourage advanced MA and PhD students (early and advanced) to submit proposals on data-related issues relevant to their research.
The conference will feature three keynote speakers representing three main areas of linguistic research. In addition, the conference will also include an afternoon session specifically designed to allow participants to interact with the keynote speakers. This will enable an indepth exchange on specific issues and offer young researchers the opportunity to benefit from the keynotes’ experience and expertise.
All proposals are to be submitted via the conference website.
Proposals for papers and posters should clearly outline the objectives of the presentation and
focus on an aspect of data in research fitting into one of the six sections listed above. Papers
and posters should be likely to promote discussion and interaction among the audience.
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and include a title of not more than 20 words, as well
as 3 to 5 relevant keywords.
Upon submission, contributors must indicate the section into which their paper fits best. At least one author of the proposal must present the paper or poster during IRG 2020.
Abstracts may be submitted in the following languages: Italian, French, German, or English.
Titles must be provided in the language of the abstract AND English (maximum 20 words
each). Oral Presentations will be held in the language of the abstract (15 minutes + 10
minutes discussion). Presentation slides must be in English unless the presentation itself is
in English. Participants presenting in English are strongly encouraged to prepare slides in one
of the other languages of the Symposium.
The organizers would like to promote multilingual interactions. We want to permit all participants to present their material in a language in which they feel comfortable, while English slides for non-English presentations will facilitate understanding for speakers of different languages.
Posters should be in English to encourage discussion in any language with a larger part of the audience.
Anonymization and review
After submission, abstracts will be subjected to a double-blind review process.
To ensure anonymity during the review process, abstracts and titles should not contain any identifying information about the author or the institution from which the proposal originates.
Abstract submission and dates
- Submission of abstracts: via the conference website.
- Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2019
- Notification of acceptance: 30 September 2019
- Preliminary Program: 15 December 2019
For more information contact us at email@example.com.
Suggestions for topics and possible points of discussions in the six sections
Section 1: Types of data and data selection
- What data do I choose and for what research purposes do I choose this type of data?
- What knowledge can be gained from certain types of data (and what not)?
- How much data do I need to answer my research question?
- What is representative data?
Section 2: Access to data and data collection
- How do I get access to data, people and/or institutions?
- How do I communicate my research interest to my participants?
- How do I deal with refusal to participate and/or missing data?
- What are the stages of data collection?
Section 3: Data management
- How do I store, catalogue and describe my data?
- How can I manage very heterogeneous data?
- How do I deal with anonymization?
- How do I deal with data security and privacy?
Section 4: Data interpretation
- What tools or methods are there to interpret my data? Which do I chose?
- What are the limits of my interpretation? What are the limits of my data?
- How does the interpretation of my data influence my results?
- How do I approach secondary data?
Section 5: Challenging data: critique and validation
- How can I be sure of my interpretation? Do I need a second opinion?
- Should I generalize my results? How?
- Can qualitative and quantitative data cross-validate each other?
- How do I confront my data with other data?
Section 6: Data reporting
- What data do I select for articles or presentations?
- How do I represent the information in my data (use of graphs, summaries, tables…)?
- (How) Do I communicate my results to my study’s participants?
- How do I present my data to different publics?
Members of the scientific committee
Alfonso Del Percio
Elena Diez Del Corral Areta