Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea Conference 2021

Dienstag, 21.09.2021 bis Mittwoch, 22.09.2021

hosted by SIL-PNG at Ukarumpa, Eastern Highlands Province


The 53rd Conference of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea will take place on September 21-22, 2021, at the SIL headquarters in Ukarumpa EHP. We will be hosting a hybrid conference, with virtual and in-person attendance and presentations. Joining us virtually as the plenary speaker will be Lise Dobrin, professor at the University of Virginia, USA. Dr Dobrin is a professor of Anthropological Linguistics and inspires us to examine the sociolinguistic and anthropological contexts of languages and their speakers.

LSPNG 2021 aims to provide a venue for an exchange of ideas on the value of indigenous languages in Melanesia. To do this, we want to encourage the documentation and description of under-represented languages, as well as the linguistics and sociolinguistics of creoles like Tok Pisin. Papers are invited which deal with the details of languages spoken in the South Pacific, papers on the sociolinguistics, linguistics, multi-lingualism, anthropology, literacy and education, ethnomusicology or applied linguistics of these languages. Papuan and Austronesian languages interact in dramatic linguistic diversity in PNG, from firmly established to highly endangered. We especially encourage PNG researchers to submit an abstract and join the discussion.


We invite abstracts for 20-minute presentations. Abstracts should be set in a minimum of 12pt font, and should be only one A4 page in length, including examples; references can be on a second page. State the main point of your presentation, and after making your arguments, summarise the significance of your research and further study needed. They should be in Word (.docx) or PDF format and should be anonymous; don't include your name on the page. The filename should start with LSPNG2021, followed by an underscore and then the first three words of the title of your presentation, e.g. LSPNG2021_kopefuturetense. Please submit your abstract electronically to by June 4, 2021. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by members of the organising committee. Submitting authors will be notified of abstract acceptance within two weeks of the submission date.

LSPNG Conference Organising Committee: Ray Stegeman Joyce Wood Malinda Ginmaule Aaron Wade René van den Berg