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ISLE Summer School 2024


The 2024 Summer School of the International Society for the Linguistics of English will take place between the 22nd and 27th of July 2024. It will be hosted by the Department of English of the University of Freiburg.


See here for a 15 min video on details of the Summer School 2024.

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Topic and overarching aim of this summer school:

English(es) as a Moving Target:

Exploring online data and online processing


This summer school aims to bring together innovative theoretical and methodological perspectives on online language, where ‘online’ can be interpreted in different, but complementary (and potentially intersecting) ways:

  1. Focus on language use on the web (comprising, among other things, the specifics of computer-mediated discourse, computer-human interaction, hate speech, network modelling, identities and varieties on the web, etc.)
  2. Focus on language processing in real time in the human mind: e.g., how do readers/listeners comprehend the incoming stream of language and integrate it with their pre-existing knowledge? How do writers/speakers plan, execute and amend the language production process, and how are all these processes modulated by variables like linguistic background (multilingualism, variety type, typological features of the language) and medium (e.g., face-to-face vs. electronic)?


These are the courses and the distinguished instructors that will form the heart of the Summer School:

  Alice Blumenthal-Dramé (Freiburg)

  Martin Hilpert (Neuchâtel)

  Jack Grieve (Birmingham)

  Mikko Laitinen (Joensuu)

  John Nerbonne (Groningen)

  Mirka Honkanen / Axel Bohmann (Freiburg)

  Agnieszka Lyons (London)

  Isobelle Clarke (Lancaster)


Overall format of the ISLE 2024 Summer School:

  • academic programme from 22-26 July:
    • 8 full courses (7,5 contact hours): 2 all-online, 6 in-person (non-hybrid, but with attractive offers for online participants)
    • 4 plenaries (60-90 minutes; hybrid, recorded)
        • Alice Blumenthal-Dramé: “Operationalizing constructionhood in online processing research”
        • Isobelle Clarke: “Comparing the discourses across anti-science websites
        • Jack Grieve: The Language of Fake News
        • Mikko Laitinen: Societal big data in English linguistics: Potential, limitations, and challenges”
    • 3 panel discussions (90 minutes; hybrid, recorded)
    • expert consultancy for PhD students and postdocs (30 minute slots, all online)
    • poster sessions for PhD students


  • social programme:
    • interspersed elements during the week
    • excursion / Black Forest hike: Saturday (27 July 2024)


Please note the application deadlines for

We look forward to welcoming you to our Summer School! 


For the programme, please click here.