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Australian Review of Applied Linguistics


Remove 25 November 2015

the latest issue of ARAL is now available at http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/aral/issue/current

Table of Contents

  • Editorial - Carsten Roever, Neomy Storch

Articles

  • SMALL TALK: A MISSING SKILL IN THE CHINESE COMMUNICATIVE REPERTOIRE - Xia Cui  
  • CHAIRPERSON OR CHAIRMAN? - A STUDY OF CHINESE EFL TEACHERS' GENDER INCLUSIVITY - Jackie F. K. Lee  
  • CONTEMPORARY TUTORIAL CALL: USING PURPOSE-BUILT VIDEO AS A GRAMMAR TUTOR - Jarrad R. Merlo, Paul A. Gruba  
  • THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WRITTEN CORRECTIVE FEEDBACK AND THE IMPACT LAO LEARNERS' BELIEFS HAVE ON UPTAKE - Stephanie Rummel, John Bitchener  

Reviews

  • C. PAINTER, J. R. MARTIN, & L. UNSWORTH, READING VISUAL NARRATIVES: IMAGE ANALYSIS OF CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS - Alexis Birner  
  • D G. BARNBROOK, O. MASON, & R. KRISNAMURTHY, COLLOCATION: APPLICATIONS AND IMPLICATIONS - Guijun Zhang  
  • C. AITCHISON AND C. GUERIN (EDS.), WRITING GROUPS FOR DOCTORAL EDUCATION AND BEYOND: INNOVATIONS IN PRACTICE AND THEORY - Naoko Mochizuki  


Working Papers on Language and Diversity in Education


Remove 7 November 2015

I am extremely excited to share the first issue of Working Papers on Language and Diversity in Education, which is edited and managed by graduate students of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's School of Education. The journal is an annual, peer-reviewed, online journal representing the different research interests of students in the SOE related to language and diversity in education.

http://libjournal.uncg.edu/index.php/wpe

Jamie Schissel, Assistant Professor TESOL, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Request for English pronunciation dictionaries with CD


Remove 7 November 2015

I've had a special request for any English pronunciation dictionaries - especially with CD - from a Language in Africa SIG member at a university in Ghana. I've just sent out the last list of books which I have to people to select from. Phonology is popular.

"May I know if you have some English pronunciation dictionaries? They will be so much appreciated, as well; especially, those that come with CDs."

There are very interesting questions about teaching / learning English phonology in anglophone African countries: their own languages may have hardly more than 5 vowels; the country is in 'macro-acquisition of English as a Second Language' (Brutt-Griffler 2002); hence a great deal of English is spoken and heard, but rarely with all the British vowel sounds. Result: the country's own variety of English is developing, but that is feared rather than respected ; teachers and even teacher educators may have difficulty hearing all the distinctions between British English vowel sounds; many remember having to learn English phonology at university or Teachers College as very difficult. The consequences are then felt in Nursery and Lower Primary where teachers may be expected to be able to use phonic methods, or in the current climate, are being fervently encouraged to do so.

And if, as a good primary educator, you don't even know that the letters A B C can be said /a/ /b/ /k/ And if you can't hear a difference between 'hat', hut' and 'heart' [the first two - OK, but 'heart' as well???] .These examples are from a country well-respected for the 'quality' of English spoken ... so what is the starting point?

How can English phonology be made more accessible and relevant, but with an accent that is also desired / respected (British 'RP' is usually still believed to be the one valid accent), in this situation?

How far have Ibadan and Nigeria moved on since this was a PhD topic (Pamela Ekong, at least) in 1978?

Meanwhile, some experts can maintain teaching of RP at African universities, if only they have a bit of low technology help. And can anyone recommend any free, easily downloadable (power supply can break off whenever) digital resources that have the breadth of a print dictionary + CD?

And from that expertise, ideas can develop. Anyone know of some research?

Annette Islei

Secretary of Language in Africa SIG, British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)


UK Linguistic Olympiad successes at the International Linguistics Olympiad


Remove 7 November 2015

I want to share some good news with BAAL as one of our main sponsors. I'm very pleased to report that the two UK teams at the International Linguistics Olympiad (in Bulgaria this year) won an outstanding number of awards. Between them, the eight competitors won:

  • 3 Honourable Mentions
  • 1 Bronze medal
  • 1 Silver medal
  • 2 Gold medals (out of seven)
  • 1 first prize in the team competition

The details are at http://www.uklo.org/iol-results . These results are something for us all to celebrate, and do enormous credit to the champions themselves, many of whom had put in enormous amounts of practice. We hope that at least some of them will end up in linguistics at university. But behind them remember the 1400 Advanced competitors from whom we selected them - all bright and enthusiastic about linguistics.

Thanks for your ongoing support.

Dick Hudson (UKLO Chair)


Conference Preferences Survey - Final Report


Remove 29 October 2015

The final report on the conference preferences survey is now available online. Required reading for conference organisers everywhere :)

https://www.academia.edu/14266444/

Dr. Dave Sayers

Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University


Cameroon Pidgin English Speakers needed


Remove 31 August 2015

I'm currently completing a master's dissertation on complementation in Cameroon Pidgin English. I had a consultant in Cameroon that I was planning to have distribute an online grammaticality judgement questionnaire, but that's fallen through. I very much need just a handful of speakers to complete the questionnaire as soon as possible.

Do you speak Cameroon Pidgin English or know anyone that does? If you're interested in completing the questionnaire or know someone who is, please email me (D.Manning@sussex.ac.uk) and I will send you the survey link. It's comprised of 105 very short questions and should take between 20 to 30 minutes.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Daniel Manning


Sociolinguistics Conference Preference Survey


Remove 31 August 2015

It's the experience you've been waiting for, whether you knew it or not! As conference season is hotting up, the good people at the Sociolinguistic Events Calendar (http://www.baal.org.uk/slxevents.html) have put together a survey to reveal what's hot and what's not in the world of sociolinguistic conferences.

There are two prizes available when completing this survey. Once you see the overall results, you will be the guaranteed recipient of EITHER a robust and warming sense of collegiality at the opinions of like-minded colleagues, OR a dizzying sense of alienation at the bizarre views of the weirdos in your field. Take the survey now to find out which prize is yours!

http://goo.gl/forms/cN2jAcCciQ

And remember to head along to http://www.baal.org.uk/slxevents.html and subscribe to the Sociolinguistic Events Calendar, to enjoy the constant bewildering bombardment of all the simultaneous sociolinguistic conferences and other events around the world that you can't possibly attend!

Dr. Dave Sayers

N.B. Early responses can be viewed here: https://goo.gl/NchF58


Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies


Remove 16 October 2015

https://kcl.academia.edu/WorkingPapersinUrbanLanguageLiteracies

Here is an update on the Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies posted between 30 March and 30 June 2015:

  • WP167 Fabricio 2015. Infectious repetition-differentiation in an on-line debate on sexualities: Textual friction, scale shifts and resemiotization potential    In 2014, Globo TV - the leading Brazilian TV network - aired a soap-opera featuring a lesbian couple whose relationship ended up taking center stage, shifting from its initial focus on a love affair involving straight people.
  • WP166 Gao 2015. Multilingualism and good citizenship: The making of language celebrities in Chinese media    This paper examines the media representation of two otherwise ordinary Chinese citizens speaking multiple foreign languages.
  • WP165 Rampton 2015. The next ten years for applied linguistics?    This short paper asks how applied linguistics is likely to be affected by ongoing changes in higher education in countries like Britain.
  • WP164 Parkin 2015. Revisiting: Keywords, transforming phrases, and cultural concepts    The verbally explicit (the said) may over time become implicit (the unsaid). Similarly, culturally prominent keywords may alternate as unarticulated cultural assumptions.
  • WP163 Borba 2015. How an individual becomes a subject: Discourse, interaction, and subjectification at a Brazilian gender identity clinic    Grounded in a Foucauldian genealogical approach to discourse analysis and in Goffmanian-inspired interactional analysis, this paper investigates knowledge systems that pathologize transsexuality as a mental disorder
  • WP162 Rampton 2015. Post-panoptic standard language?     This paper follows Coupland (2010), who raises a number of doubts about the continuing power of standard English and its historic correlation with gradations of social class and linguistic insecurity
  • WP161 Holmes 2015 Monsters, myths and Multilingual Creativity    This article sets out the emergent sector of "Multilingual Creativity", the innovative range of initiatives which engage with the complexity and huge potential of multilingualism amongst young people.
  • WP160 Peck & Stroud 2015. Skinscapes    The paper argues for extending linguistic landscape studies to also encompass the body as a corporeal landscape, or 'moving discursive locality'.
  • WP159 Urciuoli 2015. The compromised pragmatics of diversity     Diversity is routinely treated as concrete and measurable, but it is an emergent property of markedness relations, lived and meaningful in particular times and places.
  • WP158 Pérez-Milans 2015. Language and identity in linguistic ethnography     The study of language and identity from the perspective of linguistic ethnography (LE) has received increasing attention during the last decade.


Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies focuses on linguistic practice, literacies and mediated communication in diverse and stratified urban settings.  It publishes research committed to developing

  • sociolinguistic, applied and educational frameworks adequate for the analysis of urban language, literacies, interaction and learning
  • modes of intervention in language policy and practice that are productively tuned to the realities of contemporary urban life.

Since it was launched on Academia.edu in October 2014, WPULL has received almost 15,000 visits.


Earlier in 2015, we posted:

  • WP157 Mendoza-Denton 2015. Gangs on YouTube: Localism, Spanish/English variation and music fandom
  • WP156 Segal & Lefstein 2015. Exuberant voiceless participation: Dialogic sensibilities in the primary classroom
  • WP155 Eley 2015. A micro-ecology of language in multi-ethnic Frankfurt: The linguistic ethnography of a barbershop
  • WP154 C. Charalambous, M. Zembylas and P. Charalambous 2015. Superdiversity & discourses of conflict: Interaction in a literacy class
  • WP153 Blommaert 2015. Pierre Bourdieu and language in society.
  • WP152 Rampton, Blommaert, Arnaut & Spotti 2015. Superdiversity and sociolinguistics
  • WP151 Cox 2015. Ethnographic research on ad-hoc interpreting in an emergency department: The challenges of data collection
  • WP150 Van der Aa & Blommaert 2015. Ethnographic monitoring and the study of complexity.
  • WP149 Street 2015. Meanings of culture in development: A case study from literacy
  • WP148 Busch 2015. Linguistic repertoire and Spracherleben, the lived experience of language
  • WP147 Woydack & Rampton 2015. Text trajectories in a multilingual call centre: The linguistic ethnography of a calling script
  • WP146 Pérez-Milans 2015. Language Education Policy in Late Modernity: (Socio)linguistic ethnographies in the European Union
  • WP145 Heinrichsmeier 2015. Do people forget they're being taped? Linguistic ethnography and non-overt orientations to the recording device


Proceedings for workshop on interactions between syntax and semantics across frameworks


Remove 24 September 2015

In January, the Cambridge syntax cluster held a workshop on 'Interactions between syntax and semantics across grammatical frameworks', co-organised with PhD students from Birkbeck, QMUL and UCL.

We would like to draw your attention to the proceedings for the workshop, in case you are interested. The papers can be found online through Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics (volume 8):

http://www.ling.cam.ac.uk/COPIL/archive.html

Jessica Brown, András Bárány, Luke Burke, Patrick Elliott and Tom Stanton


New Email list about grammar teaching


Remove 11 September 2015

If you're interested in teaching grammar, you may like to join a new mailing list for discussing the whys, hows, whats, whos and whens. (How about that sentence for creative grammar?) You'll find details of the list and how to subscribe at http://teach-grammar.com/email-list .

Dick Hudson


The latest edition of SCILT's open-access language journal is now online


Remove 11 September 2015

SLR-29 Homepage: http://bit.ly/SLR29


Articles:

  • Literature review on pupils' language competence in the primary school: Kanaki
  • Analysis of language statistics in Scottish secondary schools from 1965/1996: Scott
  • Perspectives on ML learning from primary/secondary schools and HE: Jones & Doughty
  • European languages in Anglophone context - New Zealand: Johnson
  • New languages curriculum in Victoria, Australia: Horrigan

There are also sections on recent ML-related publications and upcoming ML conferences


Making Higher Education more Deaf-friendly


Remove 23 August 2015

I'm pleased to announce the publication of the inaugural Position Statement and Position Paper of the LIdIA Policy Forum at York St John University.

The statement and paper, Making Higher Education more Deaf-friendly, can be found (in English and BSL versions) at: http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/lidia/policy

A press release (also in English and BSL) can be found at:

http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/news---events/news---events-home/news/lidia-research.aspx

A distinctive feature of the publication is that it stresses the linguistic rights of BSL-using students and academic staff, as users of the UK's only non-regional indigenous minority language, rather than focusing only on deafness as a disability issue.

I would be grateful if you could disseminate this as widely as possible, e.g. to professional bodies, Registrars, and Equality Officers.

With best wishes,

Chris Hall, Associate Professor and Reader in Applied Linguistics | Lead, LIdIA Research Unit


James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts


Remove 16 November 2015

At our recent Board meeting, the TIRF Trustees established the James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts, as a way of honoring Jim. As you may know, he was one of the founders of TIRF, and had a life-long interest in language planning and policy.

We are seeking nominations for the outstanding article or chapter on this topic. The prize carries with it a US $500 award. Submissions must have been published in 2014 or 2015. The deadline for nominations is November 16, 2015. For more information, please visit: http://www.tirfonline.org/resources/the-james-e-alatis-prize/

Ryan Damerow, Executive Assistant

The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF)