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We invite the submission of papers on current research addressing some aspect of the conference theme.

Longer papers (55 min): These comprise 40 minutes for presentation, and approximately 15 minutes for discussion. Delegates who opt for this paper also need to submit a full-length paper for review. Papers accepted by the review panel will be sorted according to theme in a special edition of SPIL PLUS (a Department of Education-accredited open source journal published by the Department of General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University). Abstracts should consist of a minimum of 300 words but should not exceed 450 words.

Shorter papers (25 min): These comprise 20 minutes for presentation and approximately 5 minutes for discussion. Selected papers submitted in full to the review panel will also be considered for publication in SPIL PLUS. Abstracts should consist of a minimum of 300 words but should not exceed 450 words.

Closing date for abstract submission: 22 March
Acceptance notification: 30 April
Closing date for submission of full-length papers: 26 July

Prospective presenters can submit abstracts electronically on SUNConferences by uploading their abstracts via the following link:
You will be asked to create an account for the abstract submission process. (This does not register you for the conference.)

Interpreting services will be available for presentations at the conference. These services will be provided in the following language pairs: Afrikaans into English, and Xhosa into English.

Should you wish to use the interpreting services during your presentation, please:

  • Submit an abstract in both English and Afrikaans/Xhosa.
  • Indicate on your registration form that you request interpreting services.
  • Send your PowerPoint slides or handouts to by Monday 24 June.