Other Linguistics News

New publication from the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication, KCL

Remove 20 February 2015

We would like to draw your attention to a new publication from the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication at King's College London.

This book is a sociolinguistic analysis of a key gatekeeping encounter - the licensing of doctors to practise in the UK and is based on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between King's, Nottingham and Cardiff Universities in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners.  

Performance Features in Clinical Skills Assessment: Linguistic and Cultural Factors in the MRCGP exam  by Celia Roberts, Sarah Atkins & Kamila Hawthorne can now be found here:



The Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics

Remove 9 February 2015

Announcing a free service for the archiving of linguistic data and statistical code at http://opendata.uit.no/: the Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics.

Many linguists are now publishing articles based upon data analysis, creating a need to safeguard the corresponding data and statistical code and make it available to colleagues and to the linguistic community at large.

The Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics, also known as "TROLLing", is a free professional service.


  • is an international archive of linguistic data and statistical code;
  • shares the platform of the Harvard Dataverse;
  • is compliant with CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure in the EU) standards for digital data storage;
  • assigns a permanent URL to each post;
  • collects metadata that are searchable through the site;
  • is professionally managed by the university library in Tromsø and an international Steering Committee.

Authors of scholarly works are welcome to deposit their data in TROLLing, along with citations of their publications. Conversely, authors can reference their data by citing their TROLLing posts in their publications.

Instructional videos, a user guide, and the TROLLing banner can be accessed at http://site.uit.no/trolling/getting-started/.

There is also a promotional video explaining why linguists need a place to store and share their data and statistical code. You can view the video here: http://youtu.be/uEf0c0NT9_A TROLLing

Survey for English Tests Study

Remove 9 February 2015

My name is Roy Wilson, I am a PhD student at The University of Warwick. I am researching academic English tests for international students - in particular the PTE Academic - but I would also like to hear from participants who have done any other English test such as IELTS or TOEFL or you may have used a qualification in English from your home country's education system in order to indicate your English proficiency for university entrance.

I am looking for undergraduate or postgraduate students (any discipline) from Commonwealth countries (outer circle, Kachru, 1985) to take part in an online survey in relation to academic English tests and demonstration of English proficiency for university.  You may be from an African, Asian or Pacific Commonwealth country (including Hong Kong), such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Fiji, etc. I want to survey your experiences of and attitudes towards academic English tests and your experiences of proving your English proficiency for admission to university in the UK system. You may be studying or have finished your course in the UK.

If you are willing to answer an online questionnaire or know people who would be interested, please send me an email or click on the link below:


If you respond before 21st November 2014 you will be entered into a prize draw for one of two £50 book tokens.

Many thanks,

Roy Wilson  roy.wilson@warwick.ac.uk

Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies is now tweeting

Remove 30 January 2015

You can follow us @UrbLang (http://twitter.com/UrbLang)

 WPULL/ UrbLang is a fast outlet for research on linguistic practice, literacies and mediated communication in diverse and stratified urban settings. It is based at King's College London and has a track-record for publishing papers at the cutting edge of sociolinguistics,

  • broadening its theoretical vocabulary with concepts like 'securitisation', 'governmentality', 'complexity', 'scale' and 'superdiversity'
  • interrogating or reformulating established notion like 'ethnolect', 'repertoire' and 'speech community'
  • developing new methods in variationist sociolinguistics and linguistic ethnography
  • investigating the culture and politics of language education

There are papers coming up on:

  • language ideology firestorms and how to survive at their centre (Heike Wiese)
  • language work in a call-centre: the first linguistic ethnography (Johanna Woydack)
  • teaching the language of a former enemy and how it challenges assumptions about language pedagogy (Constadina Charalambous, Panayiota Charalambous & Ben Rampton)
  • 'conviviality' in superdiverse urban environments - can we really pin it down? (Ben Rampton)
  • history and challenges for bilingual education in Hong Kong (Miguel Pérez Milans)


Contributors to WPULL/ UrbLang also include Jan Blommaert, Jim Collins, Jie Dong, Branca Fabrício, Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Roxy Harris, Jürgen Jaspers, Cathy Kell, Martha Karrebæk, Adam Lefstein, Lian Madsen, Rob Moore, David Parkin, Michael Silverstein, Julia Snell, Max Spotti, Karin Tusting, and Piia Varis.

Ben Rampton, Editor, Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies

Babel seeks answers (and questions)

Remove 21 January 2015

If anyone has answers any interesting linguistics questions, or if you have questions that you want to be answered, please contact Jane Lugea at Babel magazine, for inclusion in Babel's Ask A Linguist column.

Dr Jane Lugea, Assistant Editor Babel


The Forum for Modern Language Studies Prize competition 2015

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The Forum for Modern Language Studies Prize competition 2015 invites submissions on the subject of translating cultures.

Submissions may address literature of any period, from a literary or linguistic perspective, and in any of the languages covered by the journal (usually Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian, but we will consider others too). The competition is open to all researchers, whether established or early-career: it is worth noting that previous competitions have been won by scholars in both categories.

The winner's prize will consist of:

  • Publication of the winning essay in the next appropriate volume of Forum for Modern Language Studies
  • A cheque for £500

A panel of judges will read all entries, which will be assessed anonymously.

At the judges' discretion, a runner-up prize of £200 may be awarded. The Editors may commission for publication any entries that are highly commended by the judges.

The closing date for entries is Friday 3 April 2015.

Full details of the Essay Prize rules can be found at:


Fourth BALEAP Masters Dissertation Award

Remove 1 December 2014

The BALEAP Research and Publications Sub-Committee is pleased to announce the fourth BALEAP Masters Dissertation Award.

The award is intended to both highlight and encourage MA /MSc/ MEd dissertations with an English for academic purposes (EAP) focus. The dissertations can involve primary research or be literature-based pieces of work.

The award winner will receive: a prize of £250 and a guaranteed presenter's place at a BALEAP event.

Only marked dissertations which have been awarded a distinction, A grade or a first will be eligible. The 2014 award covers dissertations for which grades were officially released between the start of the 2013-14 academic year and the cut-off point for award submissions (1 December 2014).

The Award is open to all EAP practitioners and researchers worldwide.

The application form and further information are available at http://www.baleap.org.uk/projects/funding-awards

If you have any further queries, please contact us at research@baleap.org

3rd British Council ELT Masters Dissertation Award

Remove 15 December 2014

The British Council is pleased to announce the 3rd British Council ELT Masters Dissertation Award for work with the best potential for impact on ELT practice. This award recognises and promotes the achievements of students on UK university Masters programmes. The scheme is an opportunity for institutions to promote their programmes and for recent graduates to establish themselves in the field.


Call for entries

Each institution is invited to submit one dissertation which has already been marked at distinction level. A summary of no more than two pages, written by the tutor, should be sent with the dissertation. In addition to summarising the dissertation this should address the issue of potential for impact.  Impact here is defined as the potential of the work to change the attitudes, practices or policies of individuals or institutions. The British Council will publish the best dissertations and summaries online free of charge. A document with FAQs about the scheme is attached to this message.


Conditions of entry

Permission from the author for both the summary and the dissertation to be published in any form by British Council on a non-exclusive basis.

Note that this year we are removing the requirement for submitting institutions to commit to providing a judge.


Application process

Please submit the following:

  • The Dissertation
  • The summary - maximum two pages written in Arial 12, single-spaced with a line between paragraphs. Bullet points may be used. A first section should contain the summary of the dissertation (which may include the abstract written by the student) and the second should address the issue of potential for impact. This summary should be written by the institution, with appropriate input from the author.

N.B: Both documents must be completely unbranded with no reference to the submitting author, tutor or university. Applications which do not comply will not be accepted.

  • A covering letter with the name and email addresses of the submitting university, the member of staff submitting the dissertation and the student.
  • A statement of permission from the dissertation author for the submission and permission to publish.


Deadline for applications: 15/12/2014

Please send submissions and queries to  ELTMasters@britishcouncil.org

Language and History Journal available open access

Remove 23 December 2014

We hope you will be interested in this open-access issue of Language & History, focusing on "Building the History of Language Learning and Teaching (HoLLT)". The issue contains John Trim's final interview, on his view of the history of modern language learning and teaching, and articles on the state of the art of research for the history of teaching French, German, Spanish and English as foreign languages in Europe.

 The whole issue is fully open access, so we hope you will be interesting in reading these articles yourselves and let your students know too!

Nicola McLelland & Richard Smith (co-editors of the issue)


Language & History

Volume: 57, Number: 1 (May 2014) Building the History of Language Learning and Teaching (HoLLT)


  • Introduction: Building the History of Language Learning and Teaching - Nicola McLelland & Richard Smith
  • An Interview with John Trim (1924-2013) on the History of Modern - Richard Smith & Nicola McLelland
  • La Société Internationale pour l'Histoire du Français Langue Étrangère ou Seconde (SIHFLES), ou vingt-cinq ans d'investigations historiographiques sur l'enseignement/apprentissage du français langue étrangère ou seconde - Henri Besse
  • The History of German as a Foreign Language in Europe: (translated and with additional notes by Nicola McLelland) - Helmut Glück
  • Spanish as a Foreign Language in Europe: Six Centuries of Teaching Materials - Aquilino Sánchez
  • The History of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, from a British and European Perspective - A. P. R. Howatt & Richard Smith