Call for papers

With the themes “Interaction, Methods, and Positions”, we invite presentations from a range of subfields in the area of language and aging. The thematic session of interaction focuses on interaction involving older adults. Recently, there has been an increasing interest in situational settings involving persons with dementia, focusing on how these persons and their conversational partners collaborate to construct meaning in interaction, despite the resulting communication challenges. In the field of methods, we want to provide an arena for empirical approaches and innovative methods to gather language data from older adults. Because research on aging is still under-represented in the field of linguistics, there is a strong need for a discussion on various methodological points of departure. The session on positions is dedicated to papers that outline what can be learned from language and aging research in other disciplines such as, e.g. language change, and vice versa: paradigms and experiences that could shed new light on language related issues of aging.
We invite proposals for oral presentations and posters. Abstracts should be anonymous and have maximum 500 words (not including references) and must specify how the paper contributes to the themes of the conference. The abstracts should include the main arguments of the paper, some details about the data and methods, and preliminary results or implications of the findings.
Proposals and abstracts should be sent by e-mail to, before 30 June 2018. Please write “CLARe 4 abstract” as the subject of the email and please name the attachment as follows: “clare4_short title_paper/poster_rtf”. Make sure to include the following information in the mail: author’s name, affiliation, and postal address; title of the contribution; 3 to 5 keywords; type of presentation (oral paper, poster).  Abstracts will undergo a double-blind peer review process.
There will be a moderate conference fee of ca. 60 €, which will cover coffee breaks and meals during the conference.