Variation in Language Acquisition 6 (ViLA6)


Variation is a key property of natural languages. Variation in Language Acquisition (ViLA) is a conference series dedicated to the research question of how socially meaningful variation is acquired and learned in terms of perception, production and metalinguistic evaluation. The aim is to integrate sociolinguistic and language acquisition approaches in order to deepen the understanding of how children and learners of second or foreign languages develop their sociolinguistic competence.

We are more than happy to welcome you in Potsdam for the sixth edition of ViLA at our Collaborative Research Center 1287 „Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Computational, and Grammatical Aspects“, funded by the German Research Foundation (project number 317 633 480 – SFB 1287;

When & Where

  • 18th-19th March 2025
  • University of Potsdam, Campus Griebnitzsee, Building 6

Invited speakers


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Please read the Call for Papers carefully and submit your proposal until the 1st of September 2024 by sending an email to with the subject PROPOSAL_YOUR LAST NAME.

Please use our Template (max. 3000 characters) and indicate whether you prefer a talk (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion) or a poster presentation.

Since ViLA6 is hosted by the Collaborative Research Center 1287 (Limits of variability in language), contributions addressing cognitive, social, and linguistic factors that constrain variability and delimit the range of sociolinguistic alternatives are particularly encouraged!


More information following soon.


ViLA6 takes place in building 6 on the Griebnitzsee campus of the University of Potsdam. This building is located a few meters away from the Griebnitzsee S-Bahn station („Hbf. Griebnitzsee“). See below for more information on how to get there.

Travel and Transport

For ecological reasons, we recommend coming to the ViLA6 by public transport. The venue can be easily reached from both Potsdam and Berlin:

From Potsdam Central Station to S Griebnitzsee:

  • S-Bahn S7 (every 10 minutes)
  • RB 22 and RB 23 (once an hour)
  • Bus Number 694 (once an hour)

From Berlin Central Station to S Griebnitzsee:

  • S-Bahn S7 (every 10 minutes)
  • RB 23 (once an hour)
  • RE 1 to S Wannsee, S7 to S Griebnitzsee (once an hour)

Berlin, Potsdam and Brandenburg established a cooperation of their public transportation system called the Verkehrsverbund Berlin Brandenburg (VBB). Using the website of the VBB, you can find the fastest connection to all stops in the whole area of Berlin and Brandenburg.

Public Transportation in Potsdam:

Public Transportation in Berlin:


Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation. Here are some recommendations:

Hostels & Hotels in Potsdam:

Hostels & Hotels Berlin:


Please feel free to contact our organising committee if you have any questions under:

Organising Committee

Call for Papers

Please download our Call for Papers here.


Universität Potsdam Department Linguistik Prof. Dr. Doreen Georgi Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25 Haus 14, Raum 3.33 14476 Potsdam
(+49) 331 977-2968