Other Linguistics News

Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies is now tweeting

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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)

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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:


AHRC Doctoral Training Programme

12 November, London

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Techne - an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Open Evening

 Wednesday 12th November 4pm to 8pm

11 Bedford Square (Montague Street) London WC1B 3RA

Come and meet us to find out about our doctoral scholarships, engagement with cultural partners and varied training and networking opportunities, all in an intellectually innovative and experimental environment. Please email techne@rhul.ac.uk to say you're coming.

Fourth BALEAP Masters Dissertation Award

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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 (24th November 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

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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

British Council Researcher Links workshop -- call for applications

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Applications are invited from UK-based early career researchers (currently enrolled PhD students or those who have recently completed a PhD) to participate in a workshop on "Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools" to be held in Bangkok, Thailand 8-14th February 2014. British Council which will cover return airfares, local transport, visa fees, accommodation and meals during the workshop. Full details at http://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/events/british-council-researcher-links/.

Language and History Journal available open access

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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

Invitation to LanCook: The European Digital Kitchen

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Members of the LanCook team at Newcastle University would like to invite you to an international celebration of language learning, culture, cooking and technology through European collaboration! The European Digital Kitchen is a situated digital environment for task-based language learning. Using digital sensors to track activity, the kitchen speaks to learners, instructing them step-by-step in how to cook a dish and learn aspects of a European language: Catalan, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

The event will take place on 25th September from 12pm to 7pm on a drop-in basis with talks throughout the day by members of the project team plus special guests. There will be hands-on cooking demos where you can try out some of your language and cooking skills or even gain some new ones!


A lunchtime buffet will be served where you can taste some of the dishes from the project, as well as canapés later on in the afternoon. The event is free and open to all who have a passion for language learning, cooking and technology.


Please follow the link to an online form to register your attendance:  


Event Location: Europe House, 32 Smith Square , London SW1P 3EU

Tube: Westminster

Invitations in Catalan, Finnish, German, Italian and Spanish are available on request.

Sandra Morales, Research Assistant, Newcastle University

Website containing resources from the Primary Languages Conference

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We have recently updated the www.pmlresearch.com website to include the Final Report and the Executive Summary from our Nuffield Foundation funded research into the teaching of French in primary schools. The site also contains resources, presentations and video from our Primary Languages Conference, held at University of Reading, Institute of Education on 5th June 2014. We do hope you find these materials informative and useful.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding any of the content and please share with colleagues and students.

Louise Courtney, University of Reading

Babel Magazine Seeks Answers

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Babel magazine has a regular Ask A Linguist column, where a member of the public poses a question about language and we put it to an expert linguist. We have had the following question from a Facebook follower and think that a BAAL member should be able to answer it:

Q. Apps for learning languages are suddenly all the rage. But just how useful they are beyond absolute beginner level? I read somewhere recently that people remember things more if they use paper and pen to write things down rather than using a keyboard / tablet.

If you would be interested in publishing a 500-word answer in Babel, please email me on editors@babelzine.com with an expression of interest and a little bit about your qualifications for addressing this question.

Corpus Linguistics in Scotland Group

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Following the success of other corpus groups (e.g. Corpus Linguistics in the South), we are planning to launch the 'Corpus Linguistics in Scotland' (CLiS) group.

We would like to invite all corpus researchers who are based in Scotland (or who fancy coming up North!) to join us. We anticipate that the group will meet at least once per semester, but this will be reviewed as soon as we know the interests of CLiS members. The idea for these meetings is to establish a collaborative forum whereby members may exchange experiences, work on analytical issues, present progress reports, and so on.

At this stage, we are asking those who might be interested in joining CLiS to answer a brief survey at http://goo.gl/NcCpzu .

We look forward to hearing from you and to working together to build a productive CLiS group.

Vander Viana (University of Stirling) & Bróna Murphy (University of Edinburgh)