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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)

Tsakona, V. (2016). Teaching Polite Strategies in the Kindergarten

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Abstract: The present study explores the use of the genre of service encounters to
teach (about) politeness strategies in the kindergarten. My teaching proposal involves
a critical approach to politeness strategies which is expected to enhance students’
awareness of the social/interactional aspects of service encounters, and in particular to
familiarize them with positive and negative politeness and with how the speech acts
they may use in such contexts contribute to creating solidarity or distance with their
interlocutors. Since young children participate in such interactions outside school,
their own experiences could form the basis for language teaching. Concurrently,
kindergartens are often equipped to host role play activities simulating service
encounters, and teachers are usually trained to assist children in such activities. Given
the above, the present teaching proposal will be based on the multiliteracies model
which aims at cultivating students’ critical literacy skills and exploits children’s
communicative and textual experiences. The presentation of the teaching proposal
here includes not only specific activities and goals that could be set by teachers and
children, but also the analysis of authentic data, so as to assist teachers in the
preparation of their courses. (Full article: tsakona_pr-2015-0022_proofs.pdf )

LILA ’16 / 3rd Linguistics and Language Conference; Cezayir Conference Halls, Istanbul (June 24-25, 2016)

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Website: http://www.lilaconference.org/

LILA ’16 Conference is aiming at bringing researchers from various subfields to share their current research, ideas, and experience. We encourage submission of papers in all major linguistics subfields as well as related cross-disciplinary areas listed in themes page.

* For those who are interested to attend this conference, please check personally with the organisers. (I have not attended LILA conferences before).

Will be announced.

All submitted papers are subject to double blind peer review. Conference proceedings are going to be available on DVD as e-book and DAKAM’s digital library with an ISBN number before the conference and will be sent to be reviewed for inclusion in the “Thomson & Reuters Web of Science’s Conference Proceedings Citation Index” (CPCI) and Google Scholars.

Selected papers will be published in Dilbilim Journal.
Dilbilim Derne?i also one of the partners of the conference, is a member of Comité International Permanent des Linguistes (CIPL) / Permanent International Committee of Linguists. Its journal, Dilbilim Dergisi is a peer reviewed, prestigious multi-language academic journal (ISSN 0255-674X) having been published since 1976. All issues can be found in Bibliothèque nationale de France and National Library of Turkey.

Deadline for abstract submission: March 18, 2016
Deadline for registration: May 13, 2016
Deadline for full papers submission: May 20, 2016
Please control our website to see the last updates

Phonetics and Phonology
History of Linguistics
Historical Linguistics and Language Change
Language Acquisition
Evolution of Language
Language Development
Cognitive Studies of Language
Anthropological Linguistics/Linguistic Anthropology
Language Documentation and Endangered Languages
Sign Languages
Language and Philosophy/ Philosophy of Language
Text and Discourse Analysis
Computational Linguistics
Mathematical Models
Machine Translation and Multilingual Processing
Translation Studies
Quantitative Linguistics
Corpus Studies
Language Education


The conference will be held at Cezayir Meeting Halls:

Cezayir building was built in 1901 as a school by the Italian Workers’ Society. The building, with its 2005 renovation, has been transformed into a landmark establishment serving under the Cezayir Garden, Cezayir Lounge and Cezayir Rooms brands on its three floors. Housing a restaurant, a lounge, a bar and meeting rooms as well as providing a wide range of cultural events in its halls. http://www.lilaconference.org/p/venue.html

The scientific committee consists of significant scholars,
Prof. Fusun Ataseven / Yildiz Technical University
Prof. Canan Senoz Ayata / Istanbul University
Prof. Ozgur Aydin / Ankara University
Prof. Dr. Dincay Koksal / Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Prof. Nur Nacar Logie / Istanbul University
Prof. Faruk Yucel / Ege University
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sonel Bosnali / Namik Kemal University
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Ilkay Karaman / Dokuz Eylul University
Assist. Prof.Dr. G. Songul Ercan / Dokuz Eylul University
Assist. Prof. Ozgun Kosaner / Dokuz Eylul University
Assist. Prof. Pelin Sulha / Dokuz Eylul University
Research Assistant Nazli Cihan / Istanbul University

You can submit your abstract by entering the online registration system EASYCHAIR at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lila16
You will receive a reply to your proposal within three weeks following a double-blind review process.


*For a comprehensive list of global Linguistics conferences, 2016, please click on ‘Conferences’ on your right.

LIAR IV (at Manchester Uni.) Keynote Speakers Confirmed

Here is our updated LIAR IV conference website:


We are looking forward to receiving abstract proposals.

 All keynote speakers have now confirmed their participation in the conference and abstract will soon be available on-line.

 Thank you in advance!

 Kind regards,

Dr Piotr Jagodziński (Senior Research Assistant)

Call for Papers: 3rd Conference on Arabic Studies & Islamic Civilization

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The conference focuses on research related to the study of Arabic and Islamic Civilization. It covers all scientific disciplines and issues related to it. The conference brings together scholars, academicians and professionals who are involved directly or indirectly with the discipline of Arabic linguistics and study of Islamic knowledge from all over the world to present their research results.

Organizers: WorldConferences.net in collaboration with Department of Arabic Studies and Linguistics, Academy of Islam, International Islamic University College Selangor, MALAYSIA .

(Note: I have not attended conferences organized by the named organizers. Please contact them for more information),

  • The objectives of this conference is to establish the Arabic and Islamic knowledge in the eyes of the global community . The conference will also discuss on issues related to the field of Arabic linguistics and Islamic knowledge in theory and practical .
  • The language medium: We accept articles in Malay , English and Arabic .
  • Sub- themes of the conference:
    Arabic Sociolinguistics
    Arabic Psycholinguistics
    Modern Linguistics ( Arabic )
    Arabic Education
    Arabic language skills
    Teaching Arabic language skills
    semantic knowledge
    Lexicography and Arabic Terminology
    Knowledge on Balaghah
    Islamic Education
    Syariah Islamiyyah
    Dakwah Islamiyyah
    Knowledge of Tasawuf
    The Islamic Faith
    Islamic Economics
    integration of knowledge
    Hadith Nabawi and ulum al – Hadith
    Quran and Tafseer
    Islamic Civilization
    General issues related to the study of Arabic and Islamic Sciences
    MORE INFO >> http://icasic.org/call-for-paper-icasic2016/
    Abstract Submission Due: 31 Jan 2016
    Full paper Submission Deadline: 15 Jan 2016
    Submit your full paper at icasic.wcr@gmail.com
    Full paper Acceptance Notification: 20 Feb 2016
    Presentation Schedule 1st draft: 25 Feb 2016
    Conference dates: 14-15 March 2016
    Venue: Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Email: icasic.wcr@gmail.com
  • Web address: http://icasic.org

To continue with ‘conventions and meanings’ in certificates

I have mentioned ‘conventions and meanings’ in one of my earlier posts: https://sealinguist.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/interpreting-meanings-based-on-conventions/

To continue with the topic, my certificate finally arrived on 30th December 2015! It’s worded in the most concise and straightforward way. (The coat of arms, design, printing quality, colors, and the shiny piece of code at the bottom right-hand corner all make this certificate look very dignified).

My PhD

The waiting time for it was as long as the writing/research period:  Waiting for drafts to be assessed, waiting for the green light to submit, waiting for oral defence (the longest!), waiting for assessment of the revision, waiting for the administration to prepare the certificate, and waiting for the certificate to arrive! The studies, research and everything else add up to 48 months.  This is the time you can expect to spend before you attain your PhD, if that’s your goal. See below:

  • Course studies:  18 months
  • Thesis writing (start to submission)(at Huddersfield):  18 months
  • Waiting period for oral defence:  6 months
  • Thesis revision: 2.5 months
  • Assessment time on the revised thesis (from the submission of the revised thesis until the confirmation of award):  2.5   months
  • Waiting period for the delivery of the PhD certificate (from the time of the confirmation to the day the certificate arrived):   1 month


Total: 48 months

*Apart from my supervisors, examiners and external advisor in the U.K., I thank professors of Vietnamese Studies and Linguistics in the U.S., Nom scholars in Vietnam, professors in Vietnam, VSG scholars, and librarians in Hanoi, Singapore and the U.S. who have given their support to my project. I also thank my friends for their moral and intellectual support.

The next logical step is to refine it for another year and then try to publish it with a reputable publisher. I think by doing that, I can then officially thank all who have given their kind support!


Call for Papers: Im/politeness and globalisation (Journal of Pragmatics, Special Issue); Journal of Language Aggression & Conflict

Call for abstracts for a special issue:  Im/politeness and globalisation


Maria Sifianou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, msifian@enl.uoa.gr

Pilar G. Blitvich, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, pgblitvi@uncc.edu

Research on im/politeness has witnessed an immense expansion over the last decades (e.g. Lakoff 1973; Brown & Levinson 1978/1987; Leech 1983; Eelen 2001; Watts 2003; Mills 2003; Culpeper & Kádár 2010; Kádár & Haugh 2013; Leech 2014), although issues of im/politeness have been of concern to people for centuries. On the other hand, globalisation is a term that has gained increasing momentum relatively recently. The concept is complex and multi-faceted but broadly speaking it is assumed that it will lead to homogenisation of every aspect of people’s lives (e.g. Held et al. 2003; Coupland 2003, 2010; Fairclough 2006). Discourse practices fall at the heart of globalisation not least because it entails mobility and increasing numbers of various kinds of interactions both traditional and novel, especially given the development of technologically mediated communication.

In this context, language itself is seen a commodity (Heller 2003) which sells well if it is wrapped up with politeness (a hallmark of this being the service sector). A powerful kind of politeness, which despite its sounding alien to many, is spreading, thus appears to be leading to the homogenisation of discourse practices (e.g. Cameron 2000, 2003). Yet this view is in sharp contrast with a basic tenet of much of the recent research on im/politeness, namely that even within one culture there is considerable variation as to what is perceived as polite or impolite (e.g. Kádár & Mills 2011; Culpeper 2011, 2012). However, since globalisation is a process which implies change, this change actually entails both homogenisation and diversification “but in relation to each other. Globalization often produces hybridity and multiplicity” (Coupland 2010: 5). Interestingly, globalisation has also been associated with an increase in impoliteness and aggression, especially in the media (e.g. Tannen 1993; Garcés-Conejos Blitvich 2009) rather than seeing a growth in politeness.

The aim of this special issue is to encourage research on the many interconnections between im/politeness and globalisation, in areas such as the following:

  • academic settings
  • intercultural encounters
  • language change
  • language teaching / learning
  • media discourse
  • political discourse
  • second language acquisition
  • second / foreign language teaching / learning
  • service encounters
  • the workplace
  • translation
  • travel and tourism

Interested colleagues are invited to submit an abstract of about 350 words to both guest-editors’ e-mail addresses above.

The abstracts should include:

  • Title
  • Author’s name, current affiliation and e-mail address
  • Research question(s), methodology, findings of the research
  • Up to five key words
  • References
  • The deadline for abstract submission has been extended. Please contact the editors.


Contributions are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict that focuses on public debates about migration. 

Today’s world-wide rise in migration flows has not only resulted in an unprecedented international flurry of debates and negotiations on how to deal with it in terms of economic, social, and military policies but also in a huge increase in racist and xenophobic language use, hate speech and discriminatory discourse as well as in a heightened critical awareness, as could be seen, for instance in the UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s criticism of inflammatory media language in 2015. Immigration-focused discourses and the meta-communicative debates about them are the topics of the planned special issue.

We invite abstract proposals for discourse-analytical articles of up to 300 words to be submitted to the guest editor by 31 January 2016, with view to a publication in 2017, after double-blind peer review. The abstracts should indicate theoretical framework, methods, data and main conclusions. Details of JLAC guidelines can be found at https://beta.benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/jlac.

Professor Andreas Musolff  ( email: A.Musolff@uea.ac.uk)

School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies; University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK.