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The Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and Ulster (FRLSU) is a scholarly organisation dedicated to the study and advocacy of the languages of Scotland and Ulster (taken in its broadest sense) spoken, signed and written both today and in the past. We organise a triennial international conference to present and discuss current research on these topics and publish selected articles in open access.

Our 12th international conference took place in 23–25 August 2018 in Glasgow and its main theme was “Linguistic Migrations”. The abstracts are available below and the volume of papers from the conference is now forthcoming.

Accommodation options

There are a number of good hotels in the area between the West End and city centre. Some strong options are:

2 Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, 1-9 Grosvenor Terrace (the conference venue) http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/unitedkingdom/hilton-glasgow-grosvenorGLAGRHN/index.html

The Acorn Hotel 140 Elderslie Street, Glasgow, G3 7AW https://acorn-hotel.com/ The Alfred Hotel 1 Alfred Terrace, Glasgow, G12 8RF https://thealfredhotelglasgow.co.uk/

The Argyll Western 6 Buckingham Terrace, Glasgow, G12 8EB http://www.argyllwestern.co.uk/

The Belhaven 15 Belhaven Terrace, Glasgow, G12 0TG https://www.belhavenhotel.com/

The Kelvin15 Buckingham Terrace, Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8EB http://www.kelvinhotel.com

The Lorne Hotel, 923 Sauchiehall Street https://www.thelorneglasgow.com/

Rooms are also often available in student halls during the summer vacation period.In general, residences are a twenty-minute walk from the conference venue.Please see the University’s accommodation services pages for information on price and availability: https://www.gla.ac.uk/events/conferencesandevents/accommodation/residencies/

There is also a youth hostel at the edge of nearby Kelvingrove Park: https://www.hostellingscotland.org.uk/hostels/glasgow/

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Getting to Glasgow’s West End

By subway / train

The university is well-served by transport links, with the Glasgow subway often the most convenient means of reaching the campus. The closest subway station for the Hilton Grosvenor is Hillhead, and there is approximately a five-minute walk from the subway to the hotel. Turn right when leaving the subway station, and continue up Byres Road. The entrance to the hotel is across the road, past Waitrose.

If arriving in Glasgow by train, both Glasgow Queen Street station and Glasgow Central station are close to subway stops. If arriving at Queen Street station, take the exit to Dundas Street (to the right when leaving upper-level platforms) and the entrance to Buchanan Street subway station is immediately opposite the exit. If arriving at Glasgow Central station, exit onto Gordon Street (through the iron-gated main station entrance), turn right, and walk until Gordon Street ends at Buchanan Street. From here, either turn left for Buchanan Street subway at the top of the hill, or right for St Enoch subway at the bottom of the hill. Please see http://www.spt.co.uk/subway/ for information on timetables and stops

By plane

The most direct way to get to the West End from Glasgow Airport is by taxi. Taxis are available at a rank outside the terminal building, and cost approximately £25 to the university area. Ordering a taxi by phone will usually result in a cheaper fare. Two possibilities are West End Radio Cars (0141 954 2000) who provide a flat-rate service between the airport and addresses in the West End, and Glasgow taxis (0141 429 7070).

Alternatively, a bus service runs from the airport to Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station and costs £8 single or £12 open return (see https://www.glasgowairport.com/to-and-from/bus/) From the bus station, it is possible either to get another bus to the West End, or to use the subway. Buchanan Street subway is roughly a ten-minute walk from the bus station (and less if you walk through John Lewis in the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre, although the reception you’ll receive from staff for doing this may vary, especially depending on the size of your luggage).

If arriving at Prestwick Airport, a train service runs between the airport and the city centre and the journey takes around 45 minutes. Please see this page for more details: https://www.glasgowprestwick.com/passengers/getting-to-and-from-the-airport/train/

By bus

The bus services of Glasgow are reliable if not especially easy to navigate. The First company offers a route planning service on its website: https://www.firstgroup.com/greater-glasgow/planjourney/journey-planner/

You will arrive at Buchanan Bus Station, so to get to the campus and the conference venue you’ll have to take the subway from Buchanan Street (follow the instructions above).

Where to stay

Click here for accommodation options.

2018 Conference: Plenary Talks

FRLSU 2018 plenary talks (see FRLSU 2018 abstracts):

Karen Corrigan (Newcastle University)

“I don’t like feel that I would fit in in Lithuania anymore”: The linguistic identities of new speakers in Northern Ireland

Robert McColl Millar (University of Aberdeen)

Marginal Scots, past and present

Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh (with Mark McConville, University of Glasgow)

‘Risk-free’ corpus planning for Scottish Gaelic? Collaborative development of basic grammatical norms for 21st century speakers

Conference & social programme locations


Conference location

The conference will be held at the Hilton Grosvenor in Glasgow’s West End, roughly ten minutes’ walk from the University. A drinks reception will be held on the first evening (Thursday 23rd August) in 4 University Gardens (Rooms 202-203), and the conference dinner will be at The Ubiquitous Chip on Ashton Lane on Friday 24th August.

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Social Programme Locations

The Hilton Grosvenor is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues which will host the drinks reception and the conference dinner. In order to get to 4 University Gardens for the Thursday drinks reception, walk along Byres Road until you reach Great George Street (with Pret a Manger on the corner), walk up the hill, and take the third road on the right onto Lilybank Gardens. Follow the pavement round to the left for University Gardens. No. 4 is one of the terraced houses on the higher level of the Gardens and is clearly marked. Please be aware that there is extensive building work underway on University Gardens which might hinder those with mobility issues and also means that the road is closed to traffic. Should this affect you, it would be easier to enter University Gardens from University Avenue. To get onto University Avenue on foot, rather than turning onto Great George Street, continue along Byres Road past Hillhead underground, then turn left at the traffic-light controlled crossroads. This is University Avenue on which most of the university’s buildings are located.

The Ubiquitous Chip, the venue for the Friday conference dinner, is located on Ashton Lane, which is very near University Gardens. As before, walk along Byres Road until you reach Hillhead subway, and 3 take the first road to the left (with Iceland on the corner). This cobbled street is Ashton Lane, and it soon turns right into the lane proper. When you reach this corner, the Ubiquitous Chip will be on your right.

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