Language in Context: The Pragmatic Perspective
XVIII International Conference
of the Italian Association of Applied Linguistics
University of Roma Tre
22-24 February 2018, Rome


The topic of the conference is the relationship between language and context. A pragmatic perspective will be adopted to look at the following areas and phenomena:
  1. learning, teaching and use of first languages
  2. learning, teaching and use of second languages
  3. typical and atypical developments, language impairment
  4. research methodology

The conference will host a number of invited keynote speakers, and welcomes proposals for papers, which will undergo a selection process by the Scientific Committee. Three types of proposals are accepted:
  1. oral presentation of completed research (20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute open discussion);
  2. poster presentation of completed or ongoing research (5-minute plenary session followed by a more detailed discussion to be held in a designated poster area);
  3. oral presentation of work in progress (20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute open discussion).

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of 600-1000 words (including reference to cited works) to: by 31 July 2017. Please specify the chosen presentation format (one of the three illustrated above) and the name and affiliation of presenter(s). The proposals will be sent to the Scientific Committee for a blind review selection process based on the following criteria: (1) adequacy to the chosen format, (2) relevance to the conference theme, (3) clear grounding in existing literature, (4) methodological adequacy, and (5) originality of actual or expected results. If two or more proposals have the same score, priority might be given to proposals for poster presentations for organisational reasons.
Notification of acceptance will be provided by 30 September 2017.
The conference languages are Italian, English and French.
Authors who are interested in publishing their paper presented at the conference in the Association’s volume “Studi AItLA” are asked to send a full manuscript, written in Italian, to by 30 April 2018. The manuscripts will undergo a revision process by the volume’s editors.

Scientific Committee

Elisabetta Bonvino
Elena Nuzzo
Ada Valentini
Ineke Vedder

Organising Committee

Elisabetta Bonvino
Diego Cortés Velásquez
Elisa Fiorenza
Francesca La Russa
Elena Nuzzo
Francesca Pagliara