Forum for Germanic Language Studies

The Forum for Germanic Language Studies (FGLS) is an informal grouping for anyone interested in the linguistics of the Germanic languages, and is mainly based in the UK and Ireland. It also functions informally as the British and Irish subject association for academics in the field of Germanic Linguistics. The inaugural meeting was held in Manchester in 1994, under the name of the Forum for German Language Studies. At the 1996-meeting in York the name was changed to reflect the interest in languages other than German.

The purpose of FGLS is to promote research and teaching in the Germanic languages. Together with its American sister organisation, the Society of Germanic Linguistics, FGLS publishes the Journal of Germanic Linguistics (Cambridge University Press). We organise regular conferences (normally every 2 years) and run a mailing list. To coordinate activities, FGLS elects three dedicated officers and a directory of researchers. Also, we have a page with links into the world of Germanic linguistics - let us know which other sites we should be adding.

The last conference was held in Cambridge from Jan 9-11, 2014, organised by Sheila Watts. This was another joint conference with our American and Canadian sister organisation the Society for Germanic Linguistics. The programme can be found here. Click here to get to the description of workshop panels.

The next conference will be in January 2016.

Recent previous conferences were held in Sheffield (2012, organised by Kristine Horner, Roel Vismans, and Regina Weinert), Gregynog in 2010 (organised by Wini Davies, Aberystwyth), in Banff (Alberta) with the SGL in 2009, and in Nottingham (2007, organised by Nicola McLelland).

Information about other conferences organised by FGLS-members can be found here.