Annual Conference of the Association of French Language Studies

Le français aujourd’hui, entre discours et usages

The annual conference of the Association of French Language Studies (AFLS) was originally going to take place on 15-17 June 2020 at the Université Saint-Louis – Brussels (Belgium) but has been postponed to May or June 2021 due the COVID-19 confinement measures.

The theme of the AFLS 2021 Conference is « Le français aujourd’hui, entre discours et usages ». 

The conference will be an opportunity to explore the language in relation to all aspects of its variation(s), and also to consider discourses around the language, whether by specialists or other. 

Call for papers

Abstracts for presentation of papers are invited in the following areas, among others: 


- variation in French (geographical, diaphasic, diastratic, diamesic);

- relations between language, discourse and society;

- representations of language and linguistic practices;

- discourses on the norm;

- French as a first language, second language, language of instruction, etc.;

- French in social networks; 

- French in language contact situations;

- French in the francophone space; 

- language policy surrounding French;

- etc.


A special panel will be devoted to the theme of variation in the expression of the future in French. Proposals are welcome for other panels. 


The languages of the conference are both French and English, with proposals to be written in the language intended for the presentation. Presentations will be 30 minutes (20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions).

A new call for abstracts (400 words maximum, title and references included) will take place, deadline to be announced at a later date. The proposals already accepted in 2020 nwill remain valid for the 2021 conference. 

Abstracts should be anonymous, and should indicate the subject area(s) (e.g. from the above list above). 


Invited speakers

- Dalila Ayoun (University of Arizona)

- Carole Etienne (Laboratoire ICAR, CNRS)

- Jean-Marie Klinkenberg (Université de Liège)

- Marie-Louise Moreau (Université de Mons)


Organising committee

Anne Dister, Martine Willems, Aline Andrianne, Fanny Caspi (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles), Philippe Hambye (UClouvain)


Scientific committee

Virginie André , Dalila Ayoun, Mireille Bilger, Mylène Blasco, Hélène Blondeau, Cristelle Cavalla, Aidan Coveney, Juliette Delahaie, Anne Dister, Amanda Eedmonds, Julien Eychenne, Damien Gaucher, Yan Greub, Marie-Noëlle Guillot, Emmanuelle Guerin, Damien Hall, Philippe Hambye, David Hornsby, Martin Howard, Mari Jones, Jonathan Kasstan, Emmanuelle Labeau, Pierre Larrivée, Jean-Marc Mangiante, Daniel McAuley, Kevin McManus, PennState University, Dominique Lagorgette, Damien Mooney, University of Bristol, Francoise Mougeon, Grace Obaigbona, Sabrea Oughton, Elissa Pustka, Isabelle Racine, Inès Saddour, Javier Suso Lopez Jeffrey Steele, Jeff Tennant, Olga Théophanous, Henry Tyne, Olivia Walsh

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    Abstract submission dates / AFLS 2021 (mardi, 12 janvier 2021 17:29)

    Dear members of the organizing committee,

    I hope you are all doing well.

    I am writing to ask you if you have a new deadline for abstract submission for Association of French Language Studies 2021.

    Thank you very much in advance,

    Best regards,

    Tatiana Molokopeeva
    Candidate au doctorat
    Département de linguistique
    Université du Québec à Montréal, QC, Canada