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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)

How to Write Good Conference Abstracts

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Since this blog has received numerous hits for news on Conferences and Call for Papers, I think I should provide essential information on how to write good conference abstracts. I surfed the net and picked out two which are more relevant for this blog (Abstract Guide 1; Abstract Guide 2). Enjoy writing and sending in proposals!
*** A gentle reminder: Comprehensive lists of conferences in the first- and second-half of 2015 with Call for Papers that have already been posted. Click “Conferences” on your right on this website.

Nation Building, English and the Language Debate (Malaysia)

(Image: “Petronas”, KL, from my archive)

As Kroskrity (2000) has observed, language ideologies are “naturalized” and is difficult to “see”. It is pervasive and one can analyse it from many perspectives. Metadiscursive strategies (e.g. by Baumann and Briggs; same publication), nationalist agendas, group interests, and cultural identities are just some aspects of ideologies in language works. I am uploading a paper by Phan, Ho and Chng (2013)(Article), although those of you in the field might already have it.

Since about 200 readers/visitors visit this blog monthly, the sharing of publications, news on language policies and research areas relating to this region from readers/visitors are always welcome. Kindly make use of the email or “leave a reply” functions for this purpose. I look forward to hearing from you!

Conventionalised Politeness (Updating the Previous Post)

Those who have attended the 8th International Conference on Politeness at Huddersfield University (U.K.) must have found all the plenary sessions very lively and interesting. In relation to at least two of the themes discussed on conventionalised politeness and impoliteness by Prof Culpeper and Prof Terkourafi, I’d like to post an earlier written paper which I found rather difficult to retrieve from the e=database. The ease or difficulty of retrieval depends, of course, on when your library started to subscribe to that particular database. The paper is:
Mills, M. (1992). Conventionalized politeness in Russian requests: A pragmatic view of indirectness. Russian Linguistics 16 (1): 65-78.

Followers and members of this group who have encountered difficulties in retrieving it but are interested have a copy, please drop me an email (see address at the top).

Study in Singapore! ASIAN Graduate Student Fellowships 2015

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As the title reads, you have to be a graduate student at an Asian university. Those from Singapore universities need not apply. Try out post-graduate education in Singapore for six weeks with some financial support! (I don’t think they restrict the disciplines because I was once attached to this institute). Read on:


GURT 2015: 2nd Call for Papers Now; Conference at Georgetown University (13-15 Mar 2015)

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GURT 2015: Diversity and Super-Diversity:
Sociocultural Linguistic Perspectives

March 13-15, 2015
** Deadline for submission of abstracts: October 15, 2014

See http://units.georgetown.edu/linguistics/gurt/2015/index.html

The objective of GURT 2015 is to foster and advance a reflection on the ways in which linguistic and communicative practices are affected by and contribute to diversity and on the theoretical-methodological challenges that accounting for such phenomena poses to sociocultural linguistics.

GURT invites papers that explore the connections between diversity and linguistic/communicative practices. We are particularly (although not exclusively) interested in the following topics:
– The impact of diversity on sociocultural linguistic theory and research methodologies
– The relationships between diversity and hybridity in linguistic and semiotic practices
– Challenges and responses to linguistic and cultural diversity in different institutional and non institutional domains
– Diversity and the construction/negotiation of identities
– The use of linguistic and other semiotic resources within new practices involving diverse communities
– Language policies and diversity issues in the public space
– Diversity of genres, practices and participation frameworks in mediated communication
– Diversity and time/space scales

Call for Papers: Conference on Language and Impact; Warwick (9-11 April 2015)

The i-mean 4 conference will address the relationship between language and impact:
‘Impact’ has become a buzz word and is increasingly used as a criterion for decisions on research policy and research funding. The impact of linguistic research has been particularly visible in a number of areas including but not limited to language variation and change, language and politics, language policy and language use, language and identity (e.g. in relation to professional identity, gender, ethnicity or age), corporate and health care discourse, leadership and teamwork and linguistic vitality among others. The impact of the different epistemological and methodological approaches and the impact of the language of impact, however, are more rarely addressed.

I-mean 4 aims to take a critical approach to impact and examine:
the impact of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the development of the field and certain key topic areas (e.g. language and identity, language and culture, language and meaning),
the impact of sociopragmatic and discourse analytic research outside academia,
the impact and application of linguistic methodologies and analyses in social sciences,
the impact of social interaction on language change synchronically and diachronically.

Invited plenary speakers include:
Paul Baker, Lancaster University; Deborah Cameron, University of Oxford; Penny Eckert, Stanford University;
Rick Iedema, University of Tasmania;Klaus Schneider, Bonn University; and Teun van Dijk, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Papers are invited from researchers working across different linguistic fields and traditions, focusing on any aspect of language and impact.
Conference themes:
· The impact of widely used frameworks on the understanding of language use and negotiation of meaning.
· The impact of different methodological approaches to spoken data, including Ethnomethodology, Interactional Sociolinguistics, Conversation Analysis, (Critical) Discourse Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, multivariate analysis, Discourse Completion Tasks, (modified) matched-guise tests and multi-modal analysis.
· The impact of the popularization of the internet on research methodologies, traditions and ethics.
· The impact of globalisation on the study of language and culture.
· The impact of mobility on multilingualism in professional settings.
· The impact of constructionist and post modern approaches on the study of the relationship between language and identity.
· The impact of language and gender studies on the discourses of gender and sexuality.
· The impact of sociopragmatic studies on language teaching and learning.
· The impact of critical approaches on language and politics.
· The impact of language policy on language use.

In line with the i-mean tradition, the conference aims to encourage multidisciplinary thinking and to create new pathways in linguistic research.

Panel proposals are invited by 1 December 2014. Decisions about panels will be made by 15 December. Panel organisers should oversee abstracts from panel members, with up to 6 papers in a panel (2 X 90 minute slots). Individual panel members should submit abstracts, clearly marked with Panel names, to the main conference email address by 31 January 2015 as below. All abstracts (in panels and the main conference) will be subject to double blind review as always.

Individual Papers: Abstracts of no more than 350 words (max and including references, if absolutely necessary) are invited. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is the 31 January 2015. Abstracts should not include the name and affiliation of the author(s).

Please contact: J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk or Kate.Beeching@uwe.ac.uk for any details.

Call For Papers Now; More Conferences From Dec 2014 to Jun 2015

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Those who are thinking of joining groups which are translating the Qur’an, researching on Sociolinguistics, or working toward a typology in the area of impersonal pronouns might be interested in this update.

*** A gentle reminder: This list of conferences should be read in addition to the quite comprehensive lists of conferences in the first- and second-half of 2015 with Call for Papers that have already been posted. Click “Conferences” on your right on this website.
(1) International Conference on Qur’an Translation (16 Dec to 17 Dec 2014 in Tehran, Iran)
This is organised by the Iranian Institute for Translation Studies.
See: http://www.translationstudies.ir/cms/en

(2) Norwegian Student Conference in Linguistics and Philology (NoSLiP) (22 Jan to 23 Jan 2015 in Tromsø, Norway)
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 24 Oct 2014
See: https://castl.uit.no/index.php/conferences/noslip
*Note: For postgraduate students only. Organized by the Norwegian Graduate Researcher School.
(3) Society for Pidgin & Creole (SPCL) Meeting (8 Jan to 11 Jan 2015 in Oregon, USA)
See: http://www.linguisticsociety.org/event/lsa-2015-annual-meeting

(4) Conceptualizing, Investigating and Practising Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
(27 Feb to 28 Feb 2015 in Washington, DC, USA)

Georgetown University Graduate Student Conference
See: https://sites.google.com/site/gugradconference/

(5) 5th Bremen Symposium on Language Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (20Feb to 21 Feb 2015)
See: http://www.fremdsprachenzentrum-bremen.de/symposion

(6) Conference on Reference Impersonals (4 Feb to 5 Feb 2015 in Paris, France)
Project: Toward a typology of human impersonal pronouns (ANR-DFG)
See: http://www.umr7023.cnrs.fr/Colloque-R-impersonnels-Conference.html

The conference will be followed by a Workshop on Sign languages and R-impersonal pronouns on 6 February 2015, at the CNRS Pouchet-Center, Paris, France

(7) Chicago Linguistic Society 51 (CLS51)( 23 April to 25 April 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Please google for more information.
Linguistic subfields: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

(8) Formal Approaches to South Asian Linguistics 5 (FASAL-5)( 11 April to 12 April 2015 in New Haven, CT, USA)
Language groups: Dravidian; Indo-Aryan; Tibeto-Burman; Austro-Asiatic

(9) SEALS Conference (Chiangmai, Thailand)
See earlier post on this blog.

(10) Globalising Sociolinguistics (18 June to 20 June 2015 in Leiden Netherlands)

Linguistic subfields: Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Sociolinguistics