Plenary Speakers

Victor Kuperman

McMaster University

title forthcoming

Simone E. Pfenninger

University of Zürich

Language learning in later life: From significant life events to cognitive benefits

Shumin Lin

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

A practice approach to language and aging: A comparison of Asian-American and Taiwanese eldercare communication

David Britain

University of Bern

Linguistic change across the lifespan in Falkland Island English: Morphosyntactic variation and change

Hannah Hedegard

University of Bern

Linguistic change across the lifespan in Falkland Island English: Phonological variation and change

Important Dates

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Abstracts due

1 October, 2023

(Midnight, GMT-12)

Notification of acceptance

1 December, 2023

Early bird registration closes

1 February, 2024


10-12 April, 2024

Call for Abstracts: OPEN

We welcome proposals for presentations and posters dealing with issues related to language and aging. For this sixth CLARe conference, we invite abstracts that address the following themes:

  • Language use in later life: Our focus is on an interdisciplinary approach to language use in later life across the fields of psycho-, neuro-, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, pragmatics, psychology, sociology, as well as healthcare and nursing, with a particular focus on older speakers.
  • Language contact across the lifespan: The role of language contact in the community has been well-studied, yet much work still needs to be done on the impact of language contact across the lifespan, and specifically with older speakers, including retrograde change and age-grading.
  • Interactional studies of language and aging: Much work has been carried out on real-time, longitudinal language change; however, little attention has been paid to changes in communicative interaction with older speakers with respect to discourse, communication, and dementia.
  • Cognitive processing and aging: Cognitive functioning has been shown to correlate with lexical and syntactic complexity; however, results have been inconclusive. More research is needed with respect to the interaction between language use and cognitive decline.

Abstracts should be submitted anonymously with a maximum of 500 words (not including references). A second page may be used to present relevant figures and tables. The abstract should clearly state how the paper will contribute to the themes of the conference. It should also provide a clear statement of the aims of the research, including the research question(s), some details about the methods used, and an overview of the results.

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2023


Presentation guidelines

The conference will be held in hybrid format, both onsite and online.

Please see the Conference Format page for more details about the onsite and the online format.

Online access can be tested two days before the conference. More information on this will be published soon on this page.


Talks will presented onsite and simulatneously streamed in the Gather Town lecture hall. Each talk is 20 minutes, leaving 8 minutes for questions and discussion, followed by 2 minutes for a change in speakers. Speakers can use their own laptops (active with Gather Town) or the conference laptop.


Posters will be presented onsite and simultantously streamed in the Gather Town poster hall. Posters should have the aspect ratio of A0 in portrait mode. Please send posters to as a PDF file before April 8, 2024.

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