Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context
This year's conference is organised by the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. Warwick is a modern campus university that is currently rated as 3rd in the world in the Quacquarelli Symonds ranking of the top 50 universities under 50 years old. Set in a leafy, self-
Dr Jo Angouri,
Ms Tilly Harrison,
Dr Stephanie Schnurr,
Dr Sue Wharton.
Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics
Dr Bernadette O'Rourke
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Professor Geoffrey Leech, founding professor of the Linguistics and English Language department at Lancaster University, and an influential scholar who has shaped several fields of linguistics, died suddenly on 19 August.
Geoff Leech was born in Gloucester in 1936. He studied at University College London for his BA, MA, and PhD, and taught there as a lecturer. He came to Lancaster in 1969 as one of the first language specialists in the English Department, and in 1974 he became the first Head of the new Linguistics Department, and its first Professor. He played a crucial role in almost all the developments in the department as it grew to be one of the major centres of linguistics. In 1996 he took early retirement, but he continued as a Research Professor, and he has remained active in research, departmental duties such as PhD supervision and examining, talks to students, and contacts with the many visitors who came from around the world to see him. He was a Fellow of the British Academy, was awarded honorary doctorates from Lund and Charles University, and had many other honours.
Geoff made major contributions to such fields as stylistics, (A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry  and, with Mick Short, Style in Fiction ), and semantics and pragmatics (Principles of Pragmatics  remains a key text in the field, and his new book, The Pragmatics of Politeness, appeared just last week). He also contributed to the two major descriptive grammars of English, and many shorter, more accessible grammars for students and teachers. He is perhaps best known now as one of the founders of the field of corpus linguistics, the construction and study of large computerized datasets of language. This field has now become one of the major approaches to many linguistic and social science issues.
Colleagues, students, and collaborators remember Geoff as enormously encouraging and supportive; he helped launch many careers. He was remarkable in his modesty (a topic he considered in his studies of pragmatics), especially for someone so widely renowned in his field. But he also had the self-
Beyond the academic world, Geoff and his wife Fanny have had a broad circle of friends in Kirkby Lonsdale, since moving there thirty years ago. Geoff was a gifted pianist and organist, and was particularly active in the music-
For departmental colleagues, the intellectual loss is incalculable. But we will also miss that so familiar sight of his striding down our corridors, with a warm smile to greet everyone, from established professors to new students. Our thoughts are with Fanny and Geoff's family, and with his many friends, as they deal with their loss.
Greg Myers, BAAL Chair
Click here for the latest available issue: BAAL News, Issue 105, Summer 2014.
Sebastian Rasinger, Newsletter Editor
We are pleased to announce that the following three books have been shortlisted for this year’s BAAL Book Prize:
The winner will be announced at the annual conference at the University of Warwick.
Steve Walsh, Publications Secretary
The proceedings of the 46th Annual Meeting of BAAL, Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics, held at Heriot Watt University, are available at http://www.baal.org.uk/confprocs.html
Language learning in contexts of cultural diversity
Friday, 31st October 2014, 10.00-
Simon Coffey, KCL
Dr Catherine Walter
Thanks for those who have submitted proposals to the BAAL-
In addition, a repayable float of £500 is also awarded to the runner-
Proposals for 2015 workshop will be sent out to BAAL mail and posted on the BAAL website soon with a deadline of 31 January 2015.
Li Li, Seminars Co-
As part of its commitment to research in Applied Linguistics, BAAL is pleased to announce that financial support from Cambridge University Press and BAAL will be available for up to three seminars in 2014-
Li Li, Seminars Coordinator
A current list of books available for review in BAAL News is available on application. If you are interested in reviewing books for BAAL News then please contact me, Chris Hall, at C.Hall@yorksj.ac.uk
Dr Christopher J Hall FHEA, Reviews Editor BAAL News
For the first time, we were unable to agree on an overall winner and so two titles were selected:
Many congratulations to both authors and publishers.
Steve Walsh, BAAL Publications Secretary
The Christopher Brumfit International Scholarship provides an award for an Applied Linguist from outside Britain to attend the BAAL Annual Meeting. Click here to find out how to support the scholarship.
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