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Archive of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)

Identifier: ubl320

Scope and Contents

Archive of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, consisting of 127 numbers containing documents concerning the foundation of the SLE, its inaugural meeting, organization, finances, the journals Folia Linguistica (FL) and Folia Linguistica Historica (FLH) and a bulletin, annual meetings and the membership of the SLE of the Comité International Permanent de Linguistes (CIPL).


  • 1965-1999


Language of Materials

Multiple languages, including English, German and French

Conditions Governing Use

Regulations that apply during the use of these materials can be found on the website of Leiden University Library.

Biographical / Historical

The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) is a professional society for linguists with a focus on Europe. It was founded in 1966 to advance linguistics, the scientific study of human language, especially in European countries. The constitution of the SLE was adopted on 27 February 1966, during an inaugural meeting in Kiel.

The first president of the SLE was André Martinet, elected in 1966. Particularly active members in the first decades were Hans Keller (treasurer for 1966-1970), Werner Winter (secretary for 1966-1991, treasurer for 1970-1991, and president in 1991), Jacek Fisiak (president in 1972 and 1982), and Dieter Kastovsky (secretary/treasurer for 1991-2006). In the years before 1990, the Jahrestagungen and meetings of the SLE were an important meeting place for linguists from Western and Eastern Europe.

Each year in the summer, the SLE organizes an annual meeting, the Jahrestagung, a conference with a program of talks and social events. The first official Jahrestagung took place in Brussels, 1-2 April 1967. In 1972, 1977 and 1987 no Jahrestagungen were held, because of the International Conference of Linguists (organized by the Comité International Permanent de Linguistes) that took place in Europe those years. Prior to each Jahrestagung an Executive Committee Meeting was held for the members of the board, and afterwards a Business Meeting open for all members.

From 1967 onwards the SLE published the journal Folia Linguistica (FL; on all areas of general linguistics) and from 1980 also the journal Folia Linguistica Historica (FLH; specifically on historical linguistics). Both journals were published by Mouton (later Mouton de Gruyter). Also a Bulletin was distributed, starting in 1971, in order to inform members about the functioning of the society.


127 numbers (2.5 metre)


Archief van de Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), een professionele organisatie voor linguïsten opgericht in 1966 voor het bevorderen van de taalkunde, met name in Europese landen.


Archive of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), a professional society for linguists founded in 1966 to advance linguistics, the scientific study of human language, especially in European countries.

Physical Location

Leiden University Library, Special Collections

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 2015 by the board of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.


No future additions are to be expected.


  • Hamans, C., ‘The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE): Aim and early history’, in: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft 25 (2015), p. 287-302.


The material can be requested via the online catalogue (tab Special Collections, Request materials in the Reading Room) and can be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Processing Information

A first inventory of the archive was made by Hannah Hamans and Noor Hendrix, commissioned by the board of the SLE. In 2016 the archive was sorted and inventoried by the Special Collections department resulting in a definitive inventory. The records are stored under the shelf mark SLE, followed by an inventory number.

Beschrijving van de archive of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)
Mart van Duijn, 2017
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Beschrijving is in het Engels.

Revision Statements

  • 8 November 2017: latest update

Repository Details

Part of the Leiden University Libraries Archives & Collections Repository

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