LINGUIST List 26.894

Thu Feb 12 2015

FYI: The Sociolinguistic Events Calendar

Editor for this issue: Uliana Kazagasheva <>

Date: 10-Feb-2015
From: Dave Sayers <>
Subject: The Sociolinguistic Events Calendar
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Hello one and all,

The LinguistList conference page ( is a great resource, but since it covers all of linguistics, it can feel a bit busy if you're only looking for sociolinguistic events.

I thought I'd set up a Google calendar for all different sorts of sociolinguistic conferences around the world (conferences, seminars, summer schools, etc.). So, without further ado, I present... the Sociolinguistic Event Calendar!

When I first set this up in November 2014, it was just a regular Google Calendar, same as any other, without a fancy home on the internet. Since then, as you can see from the page linked above, it's been generously given some prime real estate on the British Association of Applied Linguistics' website. The calendar itself is still a regular Google Calendar; it just has a fancy new shop window around it. And the calendar has been reciprocally advertised on a number of conferences' websites, including NWAV and the Sociolinguistic Symposium. All this glamour has enabled me to rope in a crack team of volunteer moderators, whose names are listed on the site linked above. Nowadays they deserve as much credit for maintaining the calendar as I do.

Now, I hear you ask, this is all very nice but can I integrate it with my own online calendar? Well yes, since you ask, yes you can! If you use Google Calendar already (and if not why not??), then you can easily integrate it with your own by clicking the little ''+ Google Calendar'' icon in the bottom right of the calendar on the page linked above. As long as you're already logged into Google (that includes Gmail), then it should just fire up your Google Calendar account and integrate this events calendar alongside your own. VoilĂ ! Instant connection to the global hubbub of sociolinguistic happenings! Then you can click on 'Sociolinguistic Events Calendar' it in the left-hand menu of Google Calendar to show or hide it alongside your own.

And you can integrate the Sociolinguistic Events Calendar with any other online calendar that operates with the iCalendar format (e.g. Apple Calendar - booo!). To do that you'll need to copy (not click) the iCalendar URL:
(Make sure you copy that without any spaces.)

Here's the guide for adding it to an Apple calendar:

And if you use Outlook calendar, you can sync any Google Calendar with that:

Hopefully then, this calendar will help conference organisers to see more straightforwardly if their event overlaps with other stuff (top tip: avoid the last week of May!), and could also help with arranging unrelated organisational things, personal commitments, holidays, weddings...
If you're organising a conference yourself, then please get in touch with any of us moderators to have your event added, and you too could be luxuriating in the splendour of the Sociolinguistic Events Calendar!

Chronologically yours,
Dr. Dave Sayers
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Honorary Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities, Swansea University, UK |

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

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