Societas Linguistica Europaea

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The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) is a professional society for linguists with a focus on Europe. It was founded in 1966 to advance linguistics, the scientific study of human language, especially in European countries. The SLE has over 1,000 individual members and welcomes linguists of all kinds. Through its website, its annual meetings, and its journals Folia Linguistica and Folia Linguistica Historica, the SLE works to disseminate current research in linguistics and facilitate communication within the discipline.

The first president of the SLE was André Martinet, elected in 1966. Particularly active members in the first decades were Werner Winter (president in 1991) and Jacek Fisiak (president in 1972 and 1982). In the years before 1990, the SLE was an important meeting place for linguists from western Europe and eastern Europe. Meetings and presidents alternated between western Europe and eastern Europe. The current president of the SLE (2016) is Martin Hilpert.


The SLE publishes two journals, Folia Linguistica (on all areas of general linguistics) and Folia Linguistica Historica (specifically on historical linguistics).


Each year in the summer, the SLE organizes an annual meeting. The Annual Meeting is currently a four-day conference, with a program of talks, plenary speakers, symposia, and poster sessions for researchers to share their work. The most recent meetings took place in Poznań (2014), Leiden (2015) and Naples (2016).


The following persons have been president of the Societeas Linguistica Europaea:[1]


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