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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)


Call for Papers! Politeness in Professional Contexts (Proposed Publisher: John Benjamins)

Call for Papers! Norms and the assessment of communication contexts: multidisciplinary perspectives (Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology)

Teaching Associate Position in Sociolinguistics (Sheffield, UK)

We have just advertised the following

Teaching Associate position in Sociolinguistics at Sheffield:


The successful applicant’s key responsibility will be to teach a Level 3 (final year) UG Language and Gender module. Applicants should have (or be close to completing) a PhD in sociolinguistics, so this may suit a PhD student. We would be happy to receive applications from individuals working in the area of Linguistic Ethnography.

Please can I ask you to circulate this to anyone who you think may be interested? The deadline for the post is very short (5thDecember!) as we are looking to recruit someone to start in February.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 Many thanks,
From: Dr Emma Moore


Please note that my usual hours of work are Monday-Wednesday.

Senior Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

Room 5.03

School of English

University of Sheffield

Jessop West

1 Upper Hanover St

Sheffield; S3 7RA

tel:/ 0114 222 0232

Office hours: Wed 9-10. Book an appointment by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/bvgnzxq (feel free to book multiple appointments if you would like longer than 15 minutes).

SEAL 27(Padang, Sumatra; 11-13 May 2017)

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This is the first call for abstracts for the 27th annual Southeast Asian Linguistics Society meeting. The meeting will be held at the Hotel Bumiminang (Padang, Sumatra) 11-13 May 2017.

A simple website has is now up at http://jakarta.shh.mpg.de/seals27

More details concerning accommodation, travel, and meeting plans will be posted to the website soon.

For general information on SEALS meetings see: http://jseals.org

You are invited to submit abstracts between December 1 and January 31. Acceptances will be posted 28 February (or earlier on request). A template for abstracts is attached. Please follow the instructions in the template and return directly to this email sealsxxvii@gmail.com.


Paul Sidwell, David Gil (Organisers)

Jobs at University of Nottingham (UK Campus)

(Received 5 October 2016)
We currently have two jobs available at The University of Nottingham’s UK Campus, working in the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics, School of English.

Research Fellow in Professional Communication (2.5 year post) http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ARTS272916

Teaching Associate in Professional Communication (1 year maternity cover) http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ARTS234316

Informal enquires should be addressed to Professor Louise Mullany: louise.mullany@nottingham.ac.uk

Professor Louise Mullany
Director, Linguistic Profiling for Professionals
School of English
Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics
University of Nottingham

iMean5 Conference, UWE Bristol, 6- 8 April 2017 (Pre-conference Workshops on 5 April)


Language and Change

Papers are invited for the iMean5 conference to be held at the University of the West of England, Bristol, 6- 8 April 2017. The fifth iMean conference maintains its traditional focus on meaning in social interaction, with a thematic orientation to Language and Change.

Invited plenary speakers (confirmed):

  • Gisle Andersen, University of Bergen
  • Christine BéalUniversité Paul Valéry Montpellier 3
  • Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Michael Haugh, University of Queensland
  • Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Zuraidah Mohd Don, University of Malaya

We will be considering changes at the linguistic level but also how changes at a societal level affect linguistic usage and our conceptions and analysis of it. Our increasingly interconnected and fast-moving world has led to an upsurge in mobility and to the possibility of greater variation and change in language use. The linguistically diverse nature of contemporary societies has implications for social justice, with potentially differential access to the public sphere. Different contexts of use and new media may also bring new styles and manners of expression. As society changes, so must our conceptual and epistemological models and old questions and concepts require new approaches and angles.  

The conference welcomes papers which focus on Language and Change, on norms and/or shifts in language usage and, more generally, on theoretical and methodological developments in research on sociopragmatics.

iMean5 aims to  take a critical approach to current conceptions of ‘language and change’, focused around (but not restricted to) the following themes:

·        the impact of globalisation, population mobility, the growth of cities and multiethnolects and the interrelation of  language choice, language use and social justice;

·        how identities (regional, class, gender, ethnic and so on) are constructed and negotiated in and through language and how these shift from one community to another;

·        theory/ method aiming to forge new understandings of social class and gender identities in the 21st century and how we incorporate these in linguistic research;

·        language change at phonological, syntactic, semantic or discourse levels of analysis;

·        the impact of new media on linguistic usage.

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

The conference will, as usual, include two specialist Colloquia, an Atelier AFLS and a summative Round Table at which the keynote speakers are invited to debate the conference theme. 

Invited Colloquia

iMean 5 will host two invited colloquia.

1. Language migration and change

Convened by Jo Angouri

2. “Just how sorry are you, mate?” Norms and Variations in im/polite language behaviour. Convened by Kate Beeching and James Murphy

 Further details will be announced by the end of October 2016 or soon after.

Atelier AFLS 

Participants who would like to present in French or present specifically French data are invited to join the Atelier AFLS which will take place as part of the conference.

Round table: What’s new in Language and Change?

Submission Details:

Panel Proposals:

Panel proposals are invited by 1 December 2016. 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 5 January 2017 as below. All abstracts (in panels and the main conference) will be subject to double blind review as always. For information on panel proposals please contact the organisers (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk and Kate.Beeching@uwe.ac.uk).

Individual Papers:

Abstracts of no more than 350 words (max and including references, if absolutely necessary) are invited. They should be submitted to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=imean2017.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 5 January 2017. Abstracts should not include the name and affiliation of the author(s). If your submission is part of a Panel, or the Atelier AFLS, or you would like to propose your paper as part of one of the Colloquia, please state this clearly at the top of your submission.

Further details will be published on the iMean website soon. Go to: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/cahe/research/bristolcentreforlinguistics/i-mean.aspx

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact Kate.Beeching@uwe.ac.uk or J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk for further information.