Other Linguistics News

Implications of EU Referendum for UK Social Science

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The Academy of Social Sciences has today issued Professional Briefing 8: The Implications of the EU Referendum for UK Social Science, analysing the relationship between UK social science and the European Union in the context of the debate about the future development of research after the referendum.

This followed the first in the Academy’s Summer Programme of events, held Tuesday 14th June, Professor John Curtice’s lecture on A nation at unease with itself? Britain on the eve of the EU referendum, in which Professor Curtice cast a clear eye over the polling results to date and laid out the demographic disparities emerging between the Leave and Remain sides. Full report and slides

Next event:

After the EU Referendum – where next for social science?

Thursday, 30th June 2016 5.30-7pm

33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG

On 23 June the electorate have a once in a generation opportunity to vote on the UK’s membership of the EU. The result will shape the UK’s relationship with the rest of Europe for decades to come. David Cameron has described it as “the most important decision that the British people will have to take at the ballot box in our lifetime”. The implications of the vote for UK social science are of keen interest to the whole social science community.

The panel will be chaired by Professor James Wilsdon FAcSS and will include Professor Jane Elliott FAcSS (ESRC); Professor Graeme Reid (UCL), Jon Deer (LSE and EASSH) and Professor Antje Wiener FAcSS (University of Hamburg).

A drinks reception will follow the discussion, kindly sponsored by Taylor and Francis.

To register or to find out more information, including the full event programme, please visit https://socialscienceeudebate.eventbrite.co.uk.

Birkbeck Applied Linguistics Seminar Recordings Available

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The Department of Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck regularly hosts Bloomsbury Applied Linguistics Seminars. Speakers are eminent researchers from the UK and abroad. For the last academic year, they included Dr Andrea Revesz (IoE – UCL), Professor Btja Gomes de Mesquita (University of Leuven), Professor Suzanne Quay (International Christian University, Japan), Professor Monika Schmid (Essex), Dr Kazuya Saito (BBK), Professor Rodney Jones (Reading), and Dr. Luke Plonsky (IoE - UCL). For those who have missed these excellent talks for various reasons (distance, time conflict etc.), we have recently opened our digital archive where you can see recordings of all previous talks with power point slides.

Kazuya Saito, PhD

The Multicultural Fitness Community promotes intercultural communication and community development through physical fitness and the arts

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Initially inspired by the dynamic Zumba lessons of professional fitness instructor Kazuki Miyata, the Multicultural Fitness Community was established by Stephanie Ann Houghton PhD (Faculty of Art and Regional Design & Graduate School of Regional Design at Saga University, and licensed Zumba instructor), Dana Angove (Faculty of General Education, Saga University, and licensed Zumba instructor) and Peter Roux (Faculty of General Education, Saga University) in Japan. The Multicultural Fitness Community promotes intercultural communication and community development through physical fitness and the arts by developing educational programmes and events to connect people of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Activities and events to date include Zumba dance-fitness, Latin dance, aerobics and yoga, as well as international food events focusing on health, nutrition and culture, and open classes within Saga University. The Multicultural Fitness Community forges links with the wider community through communication and collaboration with Kazuki Miyata, Latin American Culture Centre NPO Tiempo Iberoamericano in Fukuoka, Studio Ellibe photography studio in Fukuoka and Kouraku Kiln in Arita, Japan. New invitations to collaborate would be more than welcome.


Stephanie Ann Houghton PhD

Value of Languages Report

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BAAL members may be interested to see this new report on “The Value of Languages”


Tess Fitzpatrick, BAAL Chair

2017 Founders’ Emergent Scholars Award

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This award is intended to promote critical language scholarship and to recognize and advance the academic work of emergent scholars who have completed their doctoral dissertations within the past five years and are entering into the community of scholars. It honors the efforts of the founding members of the International Society for Language Studies (ISLS) who established the first international society dedicated to critical scholarship in language studies. In particular, it recognizes research that addresses neglected populations, focuses on little-studied research sites, offers new perspectives, and/or uses innovative methods. The award is granted once a year. Previous applicants are welcome to reapply. We encourage all applicants to join the ISLS, but membership is not required for nomination. The winner is expected to become an ISLS member.

The award includes an opportunity for awardees to publish an article in the society’s journal, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies (CILS) or in their Readings in Language Studies book series. Awardees will be recognized at the society’s biennial conference and will have a portion of their travel expenses (up to $1000) to the conference covered and their registration fee waived. The next biennial conference will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii from June 15-17, 2017. The awardee will also be asked to write a blurb post-conference in order to advertise ISLS and the award in future years.

The application for the Founders’ Emergent Scholars Award is due July 1, 2016, and consists of:

  • An abstract, up to 500 words, of the article or chapter the applicant would like to submit for consideration for publication. Send as a PDF and label as follows: applicant’s first initial_surname_Abstract (example: R_Smith_Abstract.)
  • An essay, up to 500 words, describing how the applicant’s scholarship contributes to the mission of ISLS; Send as a PDF and follow same format as above (Example: R_Smith_Essay).
  • The applicant’s Curriculum Vitae; Send as a PDF and follow same format as above (example: R_Smith_CV).
  • Two letters of recommendation from scholars who can speak to the quality and promise of the applicant’s scholarship; The letters should be addressed to the ISLS Executive Committee.

All application files and reference letters should be sent to Peter De Costa at peter@isls.co. The winner will be selected by the ISLS Executive Committee and will be notified by August 1, 2016. The announcement will be posted on the Language Studies Foundation website. Once the award winner has been notified, she/he will have three months to submit the completed article or chapter. The manuscript will be peer reviewed and additional mentoring towards publication will be provided by ISLS as needed. When the publication appears in print, the author’s status as a Founders’ Emergent Scholars Award winner will be noted. The submission will conform to the publication guidelines for CILS or that of the book series (see http://isls.co) Award information can also be found at http://www.languagefoundation.org (under Scholarships and Grants).

Selection Criteria: The application

  • Clearly positions the study with respect to theory, existing literature, and methodology and analysis.
  • Strongly suggests that the study will contribute something new and important to the field of critical research.
  • Recognizes research that addresses neglected populations, focuses on little-studied research sites, offers new perspectives, and/or uses innovative methods
  • Is well written and evokes confidence that the author will produce an exemplary, publishable paper.
  • Clearly demonstrates that the authors’ research program aligns with the concerns of ISLS by a) offering a critical perspective on language within historical, political, social and/or cultural contexts and b) exploring the relationships among language, power, discourses, and social practices.

Sponsored by the International Society for Language Studies in cooperation with the Language Studies Foundation Inc.

What Is Applied Linguistics? A short animation

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With colleagues at The Open University’s Department of Applied Linguistics and English Language, we created a short animation on what we see as 'applied linguistics’. I thought it might be of particular interest to members of BAAL. It is available here: https://youtu.be/BNuybC232CU and here: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/languages/more-languages/linguistics/what-applied-linguistics under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Dr. Zsófia Demjén

New academic organisation - UNICollaboration: A Cross-Disciplinary Organisation for Telecollaboration and Virtual Exchange in Higher Education

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As you may know, the Second Conference on Telecollaboration in Higher Education was held at Trinity College, Dublin last month. During the conference we announced the launch of a new academic organisation - UNICollaboration: A Cross-Disciplinary Organisation for Telecollaboration and Virtual Exchange in Higher Education. You can review the powerpoint overview of the new organisation and its objectives here:


We would like to draw your attention to two ways you can become involved in the organisation:

  • We are looking for proposals from institutions which would be interested in organising our next conference in 2018. If you would like to discuss organising the conference at your institution, please complete the attached form and send it to us.
  • The organisation will divide its activities among different teams. If you would like to collaborate in one of these teams (and we hope you will), please write to the team coordinators and ask them how you can get involved: Research Team (Promoting project proposals and Research Training workshops etc.)

Contact Timothy Lewis <Timothy.Lewis@open.ac.uk> and Elke Nissen <elke.nissen@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr>

Publications Team (Establishing an online open source journal for the organisation):

Contact Melinda Ann Dooly Owenby <MelindaAnn.Dooly@uab.cat> and Breffni O'Rourke <OROURKEB@tcd.ie>

Training Team (Organising online and regional training workshops and events):

Contact Mirjam Hauck <Mirjam.Hauck@open.ac.uk> and Gosia Kurek <gkurka@gmail.com>

Collaboration with other academic organisations and networks: Contact Sarah Guth <lamericaana@gmail.com>

We hope that this organisation will support the expansion of telecollaboration and virtual exchange in higher education across all disciplines. But, of course, its success will depend on the collaboration of its members and we hope you will find a way to become involved. All ideas and suggestions are welcome,

Robert O'Dowd, President of UNICollaboration

The Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase)

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The exchange of experience and transfer of knowledge are crucial to the promotion of literacy and numeracy efforts. In order to encourage all key actors to share their experiences, pass on the lessons that they have learned and gain inspiration from innovative approaches in the field of literacy, this website provides a selection of effective adult literacy and numeracy programmes from across the regions. Further programme descriptions will be added on an ongoing basis.

This online platform will support UNESCO’s role as a clearing house in adult literacy and numeracy, and will complement the efforts of the UNLD and LIFE by responding to the demands of UNESCO Member States for innovative and state-of-the-art programme evidence that can inform and improve their literacy policies, strategies and practices.

Access the database: http://www.unesco.org/uil/litbase/

Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics (COPiL) - latest volume

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The editors of the Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics (COPiL) are happy to announce the publication of the latest volume of COPiL, featuring eight papers and two squibs by Cambridge-based researchers.

COPiL is a free online journal of work in progress by staff, students and researchers working in linguistics and related disciplines throughout the University of Cambridge. COPiL also hosts proceedings of workshops and conferences associated with the Department of Linguistics.

You can access the latest and earlier volumes here:


The editors, András Bárány and J.M.M. Brown

Corpus of Contemporary Paris French

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A new corpus of transcripts and aligned sound files of contemporary Paris French is now available online. It can be used for research by contacting the original research team as indicated on this site:


Penelope Gardner-Chloros

Birkbeck, University of London