Prosody at work

Please notice: Due to the pandemic and the uncertain situation in the autumn and winter we have decided to go virtual/online this year.


‘Accents’ is an annual conference organized by the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at University of Łódź, Poland. It brings together researchers and teachers interested in native and non-native accents of English, approached from a variety of theoretical and/or practical perspectives. The key issues discussed each year include individual accent characteristics, the dynamism of accent usage, accent teaching and learning, and the methods and tools for accent studies. The leitmotif of Accents 2021 revolves around suprasegmental speech analysis and prosodical features that determine intelligibility as well as varied discourse, in which different accents are used, acquired and taught.


Plenary speakers (in alphabetical order):

Prof. Joan Carles Mora, University of Barcelona, Spain

Prof. Marnie Reed, Boston University, USA

Prof. Magdalena Wrembel, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland


Please send all conference related questions to For information on previous Accents conferences please go to the Abstracts tab.

Call for papers

We invite proposals for papers, workshops and posters related to the main theme ‘prosody at work’ as well as other issues related to native and non-native accents of English, including, but not limited to the ones mentioned below:

  • pronunciation in discourse
  • suprasegmentals/prosody
  • fluency
  • intelligibility
  • segmental features and accuracy
  • accents in natural environment: World Englishes, immigrant context, sojourners, etc.
  • accents in varied educational contexts: ESL, EFL, ELF, ESOL, EAP, etc.
  • speech perception and/or speech production
  • pronunciation teaching, pronunciation instruction and instructed learning
  • native vs. non-native pronunciation teacher
  • pronunciation of English(es) across the world.

Please notice that each author can propose two contributions provided that one of them is co-authored.  Papers are given 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion, workshops will typically have 45 or 90 minute slots. Please specify the intended presentation format in your proposal.

As the deadline for abstract submission has approached, we have received requests for extending the deadline due to the holiday season. The extended deadline is now September the 25th.  Please send two copies of an abstract of up to 400 words in word document (excluding references) to, with the intended format, name and affiliation written under the title in one copy. The proposals will go through the process of peer review, after which notifications of acceptance will be sent out by October 20th, 2021.