This series of international conferences, inaugurated in Ottawa in 1978, has subsequently taken place alternately in Europe (Lille, Trier, Galway, Oxford, Paris, Potsdam and Saint Petersburg) and in the Americas (Ottawa, Princeton, Washington, São Paulo-Campinas and Urbana-Champaign).
It is the most important platform for researchers working on the history of the language sciences, a field that is still expanding as can be attested by the foundation of scientific societies and the establishment of several specialized journals on the history of the language sciences.
The 13th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII) will be held at the Centro de Estudos em Letras (CEL) of the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), in Vila Real, Northern Portugal, during 25–29 August 2014. ICHoLS conferences have taken place every three years since 1978. Previous venues have been Ottawa (1978), Lille (1982), Princeton (1984), Trier (1987), Galway (1990), Washington (1993), Oxford (1996), Fontenay-St. Cloud (1999), São Paulo-Campinas (2002), Urbana-Champaign (2005), Potsdam (2008), and Saint Petersburg (2011).