SHEL12: Studies in the History of the English Language

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Studies in the History of the English Language
contact email: 

CFP Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL-12)

Please join us in Seattle for the twelfth meeting of SHEL on May 19-21, 2022. SHEL has been meeting biennially for two decades; it is the preeminent gathering in North America that examines the English language and its history. The conference is returning to the University of Washington after 20 years, and we are excited to welcome you back.

Conference highlights include plenary lectures to be given by Anne Curzan (University of Michigan), Mark Liberman (University of Pennsylvania), and Haruko Momma (New York University).

We invite abstracts and proposals for all linguistic approaches and methodological perspectives on the History of the English Language, and welcome presentations on all varieties of English and chronological periods of the language. We hope to have several threads/workshops included in the conference program:

Deadline for abstracts: Nov 1, 2021

Submission procedure: Please submit proposals to  Indicate A/V needs on the cover email.

  1. regular submissions (20 minute papers): please submit an abstract of no more than 1 page. 
  2. threads: If you are interested in participating in one of the proposed threads above, please indicate that in your email. Please submit an abstract of no more than 1 page. You can feel free to contact the session organizer in addition to submitting to the conference email. If you are interested in convening a workshop or thread of related papers, please contact the organizers as soon as possible to discuss a proposal.

We will provide information about accommodation, schedule, and registration on the conference website ( Please send questions to

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle!

Colette Moore (for the conference committee)