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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 :)


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!


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


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):


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

Seeking Nominations for FL/FP Linguist of the Year Award

Remove 1 August 2015

As in years past, for the 2015GSFL, we will be giving an achievement award for a forensic linguist who has made outstanding contributions to the theory, research, and/or education of Forensic Linguistics/Phonetics. Past winners include Professors Malcolm Coulthard, Sue Blackwell, and Peter Tiersma.

If you would like to make a nomination for this important award, please use this form to send in your nomination: https://gsfl.typeform.com/to/vqEN8X

Self-nomination is possible. However, each person can only nominate up to two different people per year. Past winners can be re-nominated but will only be considered if there is sufficient reason (i.e. a new, significant contribution which has been made to the field). Nominations from and for persons outside of Anglo-America are warmly welcomed. Nominations may be made in either German or English.

The deadline for nominations is the 1st of August 2015. The winners of the award will be announced at the 2015GSFL in Mainz, Germany and on the GSFL website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me (mavi.yaz@web.de).

Dr. I. M. Nick/Iman, GSFL President and Co-founder

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


  • 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:


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

Gija Language and Culture Classes

Remove 14 August 2015

This is a call for support and funding for this incredible project to actively preserve an indigenous Australian language through community language classes.

Go to: http://www.pozible.com/project/194897 to learn more.

Thank you

Dr. Nick Moore, FHEA

Senior Lecturer, TESOL Centre, Sheffield Institute of Education

Launch of AILA Research Network in Early Language Learning

Remove 14 August 2015

We are pleased to announce the launch of the ELL Network - newly accepted as an AILA Research Network for the three-year period January 2015-December 2017. With the launch of this international network we hope to raise the profile of research in early languages learning (including foreign, second and minority languages), contributing to the growth of national and regional research groups and stimulating new research on a range of themes in the field. Over the three-year period our principal aims are:

  • To create synergies across research areas concerned with young children learning additional languages in school and pre-school contexts worldwide;
  • To set out a comprehensive agenda for research in the field of early language learning.

Do visit our Network to learn more at: www.ell-ren.org. Active researchers in the field of Early Language Learning (ages 3-12 years) are most welcome to join the group, contribute to planned events/publications and help to build our aims. For any queries please contact Janet Enever - ELL-REN convenor (janet.enever@umu.se).

English language teaching in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Chris Kennedy (ed.)

Remove 14 August 2015

A new British Council publication, English language teaching in the Islamic Republic of Iran: innovations, trends and challenges, edited by Chris Kennedy, is now available. Its 13 chapters cover language policy, syllabus and materials design, methodology, and teacher development, with examples drawn from Iranian primary, secondary and tertiary sectors in the private and public sectors. It provides a fascinating mosaic of ELT developments in Iran. The volume can be downloaded at no cost from:


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)