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Postby janKipo » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:43 pm

4th Language Creation Conference

The Language Creation Society (LCS) is pleased to announce the Fourth
Language Creation Conference, to be held in the city of Groningen, in
the Netherlands, on the weekend of May 14-15. The conference will be
held at the Infrahuis Noord.

More information about Groningen, hotels, etc. can be found on the
local information page of the conference website:

On the evening of Friday, May 13th there will be an informal social
gathering to let everyone get to know each other before the main
event. Please arrive early if you would like to participate.


The Language Creation Conference features two days of talks,
conference-style presentations, panels and workshops. It will also
feature the unveiling of the LCC4 relay.

If you want to participate in the LCC4 relay (whether or not you will
attend LCC4 in person), please send an e-mail to dave at

The LCS is still seeking presenters for LCC4. Talks are either 45
minutes (for topics that are of general interest to conlangers), or 15
minutes (for topics that are focused on a single conlang). You can
also submit a "poster", which can be nearly any display that will fit
in the conference space.

For more information, please see our call for papers at

If you're interested in presenting, please e-mail

If there is a presenter you would like to see, or you have an idea for
a talk, panel or workshop, please email with
your suggestions.


These subsidized admission fees cover attendance, snacks, drinks, and
lunch for both days of the conference.

Non-LCS Members: €60 (≈ $80)
LCS Members: €45 (≈ $61)

As always, nobody will be refused entrance to the LCC for lack of
funds. If the standard rates are too high for you for any reason, just
let us know (we won't ask for details) and contribute what you can.

To register, please go to


Student LCS Membership: $25 (≈ €19)
Regular LCS Membership: $35 (≈ €26)

We recently introduced, per the suggestion of a prospective member, a
$10 discount on LCS membership for students. Anyone under 18 or
enrolled (full or part time) towards a high school or undergraduate
degree qualifies. To obtain this discount, just indicate when joining
why you qualify (i.e. how old you are if under 18, or what school you
are enrolled in).

In addition to a €15 discount on the conference fee, LCS membership
has other benefits (e.g. free webspace, and two of your own websites). Of course, the primary reason to join
is to support the work of the LCS - in hosting this conference as well
as everything else we do.

To join, or for more information on the benefits of LCS membership,
please go to


The actual cost to us of hosting the conference, per person, is
approximately €75. As such, attendees paying the standard rates above
are being subsidized by the donations and LCS membership fees of

We made a commitment to our membership and to LCC attendees long ago
to host an LCC in Europe, and we plan to make good on that commitment,
even if we lose ~$1,000 (about half our annual income), as we
are currently anticipating. We also still believe in our policy of
ensuring that lack of money should not be a barrier to attendance.

That said, if we don't at least approximately break even on LCC4, we
may not be financially able to hold an LCC in Europe again. We would
very much like to do so, but there is only so much we can do as an
organization with a small pool of resources, and there are other
things that we would like to be able to spend our limited resources on
(such as an editor for the LCS podcast, publication of our upcoming
journal Fiat Lingua, etc).

Therefore, if you are able, please donate to the LCS to help support
this conference. We suggest a donation of €15-30, to cover the cost
shortfall for 1-2 people's attendance (your own, if you're attending).
Donations can be made at or at the door.
Please email for alternate payment methods.

Donators of more than €30 will be thanked for their generosity in the
conference program (anonymously, if they prefer).

We would also greatly appreciate donations of labor or technology for
the conference, or conlanger-related goods for a silent auction.
Please email conference at to let us know what you have to

We want to be sure to get as many attendees as possible so please help
us by getting the word out as widely as you can—especially to those
conlangers living in Western Europe!


If you have any questions or comments (about programming,
the location, or anything else related to LCC4), please contact
the conference committee at conference at

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