Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Previous AA(A)CL conferences: Brigham Young University (2008), Northern Arizona University (2006, 2000), University of Michigan (2005, 1999), Montclair State University (2004), IUPUI (2002), and University of Massachusetts at Boston (2001)

Call for papers

Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit abstracts for 15-minute papers on any aspect of corpus linguistics. Papers are welcome from a range of subfields, including corpus linguistics and endangered languages, corpus creation, open source corpora (philosophy and practice), corpus annotation, linguistic analyses of corpora, visualization of large data sets, register/genre variation, lexicography, parallel corpora, tagging and parsing, software development, and the use of corpora in language learning and teaching.


Abstracts are due May 1, 2009. Abstracts should 200-300 words in length and must be submitted through the Abstract Submission service of Linguist List: http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/aacl2009/. Abstracts will undergo anonymous review. Please submit abstracts as PDF files if they contain any specialized fonts.

The conference organizers request that authors limit themselves to presenting only one paper, and to being the first author on only one paper. If several submissions are planned in which one individual appears as a co-author, please ensure that these guidelines are followed.

Important dates

Plenary speakers

Preconference workshops

Both workshops will take place on Thursday, October 8, 2009, with the XML workshop in the morning, followed by lunch (included in the cost of workshop registration), and then the workshop on ELAN in the afternoon. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops in order to take part in workshop activities.

Graduate Student Networking Event

A networking event for graduate students and post-docs attending AACL has been organized for the evening of Saturday, October 10, 2009 by the Linguistics Graduate Students Association at the University of Alberta:

"This Graduate Student Networking Event is open to all (and only!) graduate students and post-docs at AACL 2009. The event includes a talk by Dekang Lin from Google ("Unsupervised Acquisition of Lexical Knowledge from N-Grams"), to be followed by a Q and A session on being a computational / corpus linguist outside of academia. Finally, there will be a chance to network with others in your field over refreshments and drinks. Graduate students who are not registered at AACL will need to pay a $10 door charge. We hope you will join us." – the Linguistics Graduate Students' Association.


Conference registration fees prior to the pre-registration deadline of September 1, 2009 are as follows:

Student / Postdoc registration: $100 CAD ($150 CAD after September 1, 2009)
Regular registration: $175 CAD ($225 CAD after September 1, 2009)
Optional Thursday workshops: An additional $25 CAD (includes lunch)

Please note that all conference fees are in Canadian dollars. Registration can be made electronically through the University of Alberta Secure ePay system. No separate forms need to be submitted for this method of registration.

For those who are unable to access the online payment system, or would prefer to submit payment by other means, a separate registration form [DOC, PDF] is available which can be completed and submitted by email, fax, or mail to the following address:

Attn: Elizabeth French
      Department of Linguistics
      4-63 Assiniboia Hall
      University of Alberta
      Edmonton, Alberta  T6G 2E7

      Fax: (+1) 780 492-0806

In order to prepare for the conference banquet, the AACL organizers would ask all participants to register, at least preliminarily, by one of the above two methods by September 25, 2009. Those who would prefer to pay by cash, cheque, or credit card upon arrival can register using the on-line system, choosing the 'mail in cheque' option.


AACL 2009 will be held at the University of Alberta Lister Conference Centre, located at 87 Avenue & 116 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, just west of the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, and southwest of the Universiade Pavillion (Butterdome). A map of the area is available on-line.

Travel and Accommodation

Getting to Edmonton


Other accommodations

Visiting Edmonton

Visitor information


Transportation within Edmonton


For more information concerning the AACL 2009 conference or its organization, please contact aacl2009@ualberta.ca.