Welcome to ISLE 6 in Joensuu, Finland!


Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on travelling and gatherings, we have decided that ISLE 6 will not take place as planned in June.  The new dates are 2-5 June 2021!

Please read our bulletin here! In summary:

  • All workshops and accepted abstracts will retain their current status and will be rescheduled for the new dates.
  • You will have a chance to update your abstract, or to submit a new abstract. Details on this will follow in the next couple of weeks. NB. the original deadline for submitting revised abstracts (31 March) is not valid anymore.
  • If you have already registered for ISLE 6, we ask you to hold your registrations for the new dates. The registration has been closed for now, and will be reopened in early 2021.

In case you need a confirmation of the postponement of the conference, please contact us.


Edinburgh University Press kindly provides us with a conference discount, valid until 31 July! Visit edinburghuniversitypress.com/english-language to see the offer. Thank you, EUP!


ISLE 6 will be hosted by the University of Eastern Finland School of Humanities.

The conference theme for ISLE 6 is Evolving English and the Digital Era.

Digitalization is undoubtedly one of the great revolutions in human history. Technologization and digitalization make it possible that massive amounts of linguistic data, past and present, are available through various channels. These data can be combined, annotated, mined and visualized using high-powered computing. For several decades, English linguistics has been at the forefront of this revolution in the humanities, as evinced for instance in the development and use of digital corpora and in the quantitative turn in the field. While we recognize these past achievements, ISLE 6 seeks to assess the impact of digitalization in English linguistics and in the study of its varieties. We hope to be a venue for state-of-the-art presentations that highlight how digitalization can (or cannot) benefit the study of English linguistics and how it could help us understand its past and present and possibly predict its future paths.