Storia della Lingua Inglese

The group of Italian University teachers and researchers working in the area of History of the English Language (Storia della Lingua Inglese) was created informally in 1988 at the first National Conference (CNSLIN), a travelling event that started in Bari and continued in Naples. The organization of this Conference was the work of Thomas Frank (Naples University) helped by Nicola Pantaleo (Bari University).

About a dozen teachers and researchers met on that occasion and decided to continue the informal (and, for many years, nameless) association, united as they were by their common interest in meeting regularly in order to exchange opinions and debate questions of English historical linguistics. Another motive was to give greater 'visibility' to an academic discipline that risked a certain emargination.

The group gained a more defined existence at the end of the 1990 Conference by the addition of a business meeting (which we traditionally call Workshop) as a permanent conclusion to that and all future Conferences.

Prof. Nicola Pantaleo "The SLIN group: A brief history" (


Conference reports and HEL publications (by SLIN members)

Nicholas Brownlees (ed.), The Language of Discovery, Exploration and Settlement, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020. Click here.

Token: A Journal of English Linguistics. Volume 8 (2019)
Guest Editors for this volume:
Giovanni Iamartino University and Irma Taavitsainen.
Volume 8 is a special issue on historical medical discourse. Click here 

Token: A Journal of English Linguistics. Volume 7 (2018)
Guest Editors for this volume:
Marina Dossena and Polina Shvanyukova University of Bergamo.
Click here
Elisabetta Lonati, Communicating Medicine. British Medical Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Reference Works, Ledizioni, 2017. Click here

HEL (or HEL-related) conferences

Joensuu, 2-5 June 2021 
ISLE6 will be hosted by the  University of Joensuu (Finland). Click here 
Leiden, 7-11 June 2021

ICEHL21 will be hosted by the  University of Leiden (The Netherlands). [The organizing committee has decided that the conference will take place fully online. Click here]

La Rioja  - Logroño,  16-18 June 2021
The eleventh 11th International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (ICHLL11) will be hosted by the  University of La Rioja - Logroño (Spain)Click here 
Winterthur, 28 June-2 July 2021 
The 17th International Pragmatics Conference (IPra) will be held in Winterthur (Switzerland)Click here 
Vienna, 18-21 July 2021 
FILLM 28 will be hosted by the  University of Vienna (Austria). Click here 
Dortmund, 18-21 August 2021 
ICAME42 will be hosted by the  University of Dortmund (Germany). Click here 
Lyon, 30 August-3 September 2021 
ESSE15 will be hosted by the  University of Lyon (France). Click here 
Catania, 16-18 September 2021 
AIA30 will be hosted by the  University of Catania (Italy). Click here. For the list of SLIN seminars click here
Vigo, 23-25 September 2021 
The sixth International Conference on Pescriptivism will be hosted by the  University of Vigo (Spain). Click here
Ragusa, 5-7 May 2022 [New dates!]
The Seventh International Conference on Late Modern English (LModE-7) will be hosted by the  University of Catania, in Ragusa (Italy). Click here 
 Augsburg, 15-17 June 2022 [New dates!]
The Eighth Conference on Historical News Discourse (CHINED VIII) will be hosted by the  University of Augsburg (Germany). Click here