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The aim of this research blog is to encourage sharing among researchers on the topic of linguistic politeness and pragmatics. This platform has been made accessible to public since 31 July 2013.

An Online Discussion & Resource Network
–Multilingual; Cross-Disciplinary (Business, Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology, etc.)
–Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, other Southeast Asian Subgroups & Clusters (Chinese, Indian, Malay, Peranakan, etc.)
–Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Scholars

Register at: sealinguist@gmail.com
(include full name and affiliation)

14th International Pragmatics Conference, 26-31 July 2015, Antwerp; Extended deadline for abstracts submission

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Extended deadline for abstracts submission: 22 October 2014
Professor Jef Verschueren, IPrA Secretary General, has informed that if you are trying to make last-minute submissions to meet the 15 October deadline, the deadline will be extended through 22 October 2014 in order to prevent system overload. However the submission module will be definitively closed on Thursday morning 23 October, 9:00 AM, Belgian time.
*** A gentle reminder: Comprehensive lists of conferences in the first- and second-half of 2015 with Call for Papers have already been posted. Click “Conferences” on your right on this website.

Digital Discourse Analysis Conference (19-20 Nov 2015)(Valencia, Spain)

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Here’s the first call for papers for the Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis Conference that will be held in Valencia (Spain) on November 19-20, 2015.
Information: ADDA1 1st CFP
Pilar G. Blitvich, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in English
pgblitvi@uncc.edu | http://english.uncc.edu/people/blitvich-pilar-phd
Co-Editor in Chief – Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict


A Sociolinguistic Study of Muslim and Christian Wedding Invitation Genre (Jordan)

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Our follower, Murad Sawalmeh, has shared another publication on his website:


It’s a pretty card! Linguists who know Arabic can start comparing the Jordanian variety or organisation of language in the particular setting with theirs.

It’s really encouraging to know that our followers and members are actively publishing. Thank you for sharing!

Call for Papers: Conference on Lao Studies in Asean (10 July 2016)(Bangkok, Thailand)

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There’s a lot of time to prepare for:
Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies: Lao PDR in the ASEAN Context
When: Friday, 08 July 2016 to Sunday, 10 July 2016
Where: Thammasat University; Bangkok, Thailand

The Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS V) will be held from July 8 to 10, 2016 on the Tha Phrachan campus in Bangkok, Thailand.
The theme of the Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies is “Lao PDR in the ASEAN Context,” with particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
All Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have committed to creating a region which is highly competitive, equitable in economic development and fully integrated into the global economy. The establishment of the AEC in 2015 will bring enormous opportunities as well as great challenges for the individual member countries in the region, especially for Lao PDR .

Suggested topics for the Fifth ICLS include, but are not limited to:
• Laos’ trade integration within AEC
• Special economic zones (SEZs)
• Roles of the private and public sectors
• Human resources and effects on local employment
• Migration
• Infrastructure demands
• Balancing development growth and environmental conservation
• Tourism
• Traditional knowledge and cultural expressions in economic development
• Impacts on cultures and life ways
Lao language, culture, and history
• Art, literature and music
• Buddhism
• Border Trade and culture
• Education
• Other topics
Submissions for consideration may be individual paper presentations, panels, exhibits, posters, artistic and musical performances, and/or cultural activities. Comparative perspectives are welcome and encouraged.

All participants should register online at http://www.laostudies.org/icls. Registration fees apply.
Contact information: yogvari@yahoo.com; info@laostudies.org
Updates will be posted on the conference website at http://www.laostudies.org/icls.

Assistant Professor Jobs in Linguistics

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Assistant Professor University of Ottawa – Ontario

The Department of Linguistics of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa invites applications for a tenure track position in theoretical and/or experimental phonology at the Assistant Professor level, commencing July 1 2015. At the time of appointment, applicants should have a Ph.D. in linguistics, with evidence of strong research potential. The ability to teach in French at the time of appointment would be an important asset but is not required. However, active competence in French will be a condition of tenure. For more details on our programs, please visit our web site (above).
The salary is determined in accordance with the Collective Agreement.
Applicants should submit a CV, representative samples of their research, and arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Éric Mathieu, Chair, Department of Linguistics. All documents should preferably be sent by email (below). If email is not convenient, the following postal address below should be used.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Equity is a University of Ottawa policy; Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Applications received by November 15 will receive full consideration but the position will remain open until filled.
University or Organization: University of Toronto
Department: Department of Linguistics
Job Location: Toronto, Canada
Web Address: http://linguistics.utoronto.ca/
Job Title: Assistant Professor – Tenure-stream
Job Rank: Assistant Professor

Specialty Areas: Semantics

The Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto (St. George
Campus), invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in
the area of Semantics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant
Professor, and will begin on July 1, 2015.

Qualifications include a proven record of research in formal semantics.
The ideal candidate will have experience in fieldwork on an
understudied language as well as a secondary strength in syntax.
Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by the start date or shortly
thereafter and have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching
and research.

Duties include teaching and supervision at the undergraduate and
graduate levels, maintaining an active research agenda, and
participating in the academic life of the department.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the
link below. Applications should include a cover letter of no more than
2 single-spaced pages, a curriculum vitae, a research statement,
evidence of teaching ability (including a statement of teaching
philosophy), a writing sample, and the names and email addresses of
three referees. Please combine your application into one or two files. If
you have questions about this position, please email the contact
address below.

All application materials should be submitted online and received by
October 24, 2014.

Submission guidelines can be found at: the application URL below. We
recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in
PDF/MS Word format.
Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference,
preferably as signed PDF documents on letterhead, sent directly to
Professor Keren Rice at the address below with the subject line:
“Semantics – (your full name)” by the job deadline date.
More information on the University of Toronto
(http://www.utoronto.ca) and the Department of Linguistics
(http://linguistics.utoronto.ca) can be found on their respective
websites. Linguistics course descriptions are available at
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians
and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application Deadline: 24-Oct-2014
Web Address for Applications: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply
Contact Information:
Professor Keren Rice
Email: lingdeptchass.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-978-4029
Fax: 416-971-2688

Book Reviews on English Teaching

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Our member, Dr Nguyen Thi Thuy Minh, has shared her published book reviews online. Those with interest in English language education may want to read more of her publications. Here’s one of the links which will lead you to her site:


Thank you very much for sharing!