Linguistics and English Language

13th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL13)

The Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Research Group is pleased to announce that its thirteenth international conference – APLL13 – will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh on 10-12 June, 2021. Owing to the current pandemic and the unpredictability of travel restrictions, APLL13 will be fully online. Please see below for information on the platforms we will use for APLL13.

The purpose of the APLL conferences is to provide a venue for presentation of the best current research on Austronesian and Papuan languages and linguistics, and to promote collaboration and research in this area. APLL13 follows a successful online instantiation of APLL, hosted by the University of Oslo, as well as previous APLL conferences held in Leiden, Surrey, Paris and London, and the Austronesian Languages and Linguistics (ALL) conferences held at SOAS and St Catherine's College, Oxford.

Previous conferences

Keynote speakers

Early career plenary speakers

We are excited to continue the tradition of the Early Career Researcher (ECR) plenary talk at APLL13. We are pleased to announce the following two ECR talks:

Conference programme


Registration for APLL13 is now closed. If you would like details on how to access the conference, please send your name, affiliation, and email address to

Practical information

APLL13 will be held in a combination of Gather Town and Zoom.

  • The poster sessions, breaks, and social events will be held in Gather Town.
  • The talk sessions (including keynotes and the early career plenaries) will be held in Zoom.

What is Gather Town?

Gather Town is a browser-based platform, in which participants have a little 8-bit avatar – kind of like an old Gameboy or arcade game! Participants move their avatar around a 2D world. When you are close to someone else’s avatar, you will be able to see their video and speak with them, but as you move away, you won’t be able to speak with them any more. In this way, Gather replicates many aspects of an in-person conference. You do not need to download anything to use Gather – you can access it through your normal computer browser (we recommend Chrome or Firefox).

We will be sending out the log in details for the APLL13 Gather space to registered participants in the run-up to the conference. In the meantime, if you would like to have a play around with Gather to familiarise yourself with how it works, there is an example conference here:

NOTE: While you can access Gather from a mobile device, video is not currently supported on mobile. For the best experience, we recommend that you access Gather using a laptop or desktop.

How will this work with Zoom?

We imagine most of you are familiar with Zoom by now. We will send out the APLL13 Zoom access details to registered participants in the run-up to the conference.

There are two ways that you can access the Zoom sessions for APLL13:

  1. We will integrate Zoom with the APLL13 Gather space. What this means is that you can enter the Gather space before a talk is due to start, have a wander around the conference venue, and chat with other participants before the talk begins – just like an in-person conference! When it is time for the talk to begin, you can make your way to the Auditorium, and take a ‘seat’ in the audience. Once there, press ‘x’ on your keyboard: the Zoom client will then open, and you will automatically be taken to the relevant Zoom session. At this point, you will be prompted to enter the password for that Zoom session. After the talk session is over, if you close the Zoom client you can re-enter APLL13 Gather space, where you can mingle and interact with your colleagues again. (Bring your own coffee!)
  2. Or, if you prefer to access the Zoom talks directly without visiting the APLL13 Gather space, you can open your Zoom client and enter the session details as normal. You can find information on how to join a Zoom session from the Zoom client here:

NOTE: We recommend updating your Zoom client to the latest version, to ensure full functionality. There are instructions on how to update your Zoom client here:

Will the talks and posters be available after APLL13?

Yes, we will be uploading the recorded talks to the APLL13 YouTube channel after the end of the conference, and making copies of the posters available. We’ll update this page with more information when we have done this.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 21 December 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 01 February 2021
  • Conference: 10-12 June 2021



Committee members

Local organisers

  • Laura Arnold
  • Bert Remijsen
  • Tatiana Reid


Contact the APLL13 organising team


13th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL13)

2021-06-10: APLL13