ICHL25 Call for Papers

The Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics at the University of Oxford will be hosting the 25th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL25), from 1 to 5 August 2022. This conference has been postponed from the originally planned year of 2021.

The ICHL brings together historical linguists and specialists in related fields to explore advances in areas including methods and practices of linguistic reconstruction; formal approaches to language change; historical sociolinguistics; computational approaches to historical linguistics; contact and areal linguistics; interfaces between historical linguistics and other disciplines; and many other related areas.

Abstracts are now invited for papers in the general session and in workshops, and for poster presentations: Each paper accepted will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion. In addition, two 90-minute poster sessions are planned.


Please note the following points:

  • Abstracts should be submitted as an anonymous, single pdf document in 12pt Times Roman font, and be no more than one A4 page long (you may include a second page for references).
  • Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair.
  • The deadline for submission is 15 December 2021.
  • You should indicate whether you wish your paper to take the form of a talk or a poster (or whether you will accept either format).
  • You should indicate whether you would prefer your talk to be assigned to a workshop. Details of workshops are now available on the website.
  • Acceptance of papers will be announced by the end of January 2022.


Authors may submit a maximum of two abstracts, whether sole authored or co-authored: this includes submissions to workshops.

* Abstracts may be submitted for the general session or for one of the workshops. Abstracts submitted for a workshop, but not accepted there, will automatically be considered for inclusion in the general session. If authors wish to submit an abstract for a workshop, we encourage them to contact the workshop organizers ahead of time for advice on workshop coherence.

Abstracts will be reviewed (in anonymized form) by members of the ICHL25 Abstract Reading Committee.



  • These will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 2nd August.
  • If you wish your abstract to be considered for a workshop, please state this clearly in your submission.