Language-Related Events

Details of language and linguistic conferences and other events around the world.

Note: I have attended quite a few of the polyglot events, except the polyglot conferences in Budapest and Thessaloniki. I have thoroughly enjoyed them, and would recommend them to anybody with even the slightest interest in languages.

Polyglot events

Large polyglot events started with the Polyglot Conference in Budapest in May 2013. These events are open to anybody who is interested in languages. There is no minimum requirement for the number of languages you speak, or how well you speak them.

Participants in the 2017 Polylgot Conference in Reykjavik in Iceland

At polyglot events you can meet language enthusiasts from around the world, practise your languages, attend, take part in and give lectures, talks, discussions and language taster sessions, and get a flavour of the local culture.

Polyglot Conference

The Polyglot Conference takes place over two days, usually in October, and in a different venue each year. The venues are usually universities, colleges or cultural centres. Past conferences have taken place in Budapest in Hungary (2013), Novi Sad in Serbia (2014), New York in the USA (2015), Thessaloniki in Greece (2016), Reykjavík in Iceland (2017), Ljubljana in Slovenia (2018), Fukuoka (福岡市) in Japan (2019), and online in 2020 and 2021.

More details of the Polyglot Conference | Videos | Facebook

Polyglot Conference Reykjavik

Polyglot Gathering

The Polyglot Gathering takes place over four days and includes lectures, talks, discussions, language taster sessions, and lots of opportunities to practise your languages. There are also organised activities in the evenings and before and after the event. So far there have been Polyglot Gatherings in Berlin in 2014, 2015 and 2016, in Bratislava in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and online in 2020 and 2021.

More details of the Polyglot Gathering | Videos | Facebook

Polyglot singers and dancers

Montreal Language Festival (LangFest)

The first North American Polyglot Symposium was held at Concorida University in Montreal in Canada in July 2016. It took place over two days, and included lectures, talks, language taster sessions, and opportunities to practise languages and to explore Montreal. It was renamed the Montreal Language Festival (LangFest) in 2017.

More details of NAPS / Montreal Language Festival | Videos | Facebook

Me at the 2016 North American Polyglot Symposium in Montreal with Lindsay Dow, Benny Lewis and Steve Kaufmann

Edinburgh Language Event

An event to celebrate languages, language learning and to spend time with other people who simply love language too. There were presentations from a range of speakers on topics related to the languages of the British Islands and the UK's Overseas Territories, to topics covering language study and work and other language-related topics besides.

It took place at the French Institute of Scotland / l'Institut français d'écosse in Edinburgh in February 2020. Similar events were planned for Melbourne, Auckland and other places, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they were cancelled.

More details of the Edinburgh Language Event

The Language Event, Edinburgh

Language and linguistics conferences

There are regular conferences around the world focusing on different languages and aspects of linguistics.

The Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL)

The FEL holds an annual conference in different locations around the world where issues affecting the world's endangered languages are discussed

More details of FEL Conferences

Annual International Conference on Language, Literature and Linguistics

The Linguist List conference list

The British Association of Applied Linguistics - Conferences and Other Events

American Association for Applied Linguistics - Applied Linguistics Conferences and Calls for Proposals

International Association of Applied Linguistics - Conferences

Linguistic Society of America - Conferences and Calls

Other language-related events

Writing: Making Your Mark

Discover the extraordinary history behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements: how we write. The story unfolds through more than 100 objects from the British Library's extensive collection – some on display for the very first time – bridging 5,000 years and spanning five continents.

This took place in the British Library in London between April and August 2019. I went to the press preview before it officially opened.

More details

British Library / Llyfyrgell Brydeinig

Association for Language Learning - Events

Expolingua Berlin

Language Show Live, London

Photos from Polyglot events

If you know of other conferences or other languages-related events and would like to see them listed on this page, please contact me.


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