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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.

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Vietnamese dialects

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I found two short articles online written in Vietnamese on two northern central dialects of Vietnam: the dialects of Quang Binh and Thanh Hoa.


Tu vung tieng dia phuong Thanh Hoa


* * For more comprehensive lists of Linguistics conferences in 2015 and 2016, please click “Conferences” on the right-hand column of this website.

Farrelly & Olinga-Shannon (2015): Establishing Chinese Life in Myanmar

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This is a write-up on the life of the 2 million ethnic Chinese in Myanmar: their history, interaction with the non-Chinese as well as with China since 1985, economic situations and contributions, identities and sense of belonging. Read on: Chinese life Myanmar


Izadi (2015) on Persian honorifics and social practice


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A new article from JOP on  Persian honorifics

Im/politeness has recently been conceptualized in terms of evaluations that not only arise in social practice but also form a social
practice (Haugh, 2013; Kádár and Haugh, 2013). This necessitates the analysis of politeness to go beyond the analysis of language to the
analysis of social actions and meanings. This paper examines the role of Persian honorifics (the language which is conventionally
associated with politeness) in the im/politeness evaluations that arise in localized interactions. Conversation Analysis is used to analyze
two cases of honorifics-included social interactions in Persian. The implications for im/politeness theory are discussed in conclusion.
© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


**Someone asked for Haugh’s (2013) journal article, “Im/politeness, social practice and the participation order”.  I have uploaded it again on this website. Kindly key in Haugh’s name in the search box on the (your) right column to access it.


Linguistics Conferences 2016: Dec 2015 — 2016


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December 5 and 6, 2015  The 18h Annual Conference of the Pragmatics Society of Japan  Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan.
For more information visit the conference website: http://www.pragmatics.gr.jp/conference_e.html

January 20-22, 2016. Conference of the Swiss Association for Applied Linguistics (Vals-Asla)

Geneva, Switzerland

X Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2015


June 9-10, 2016.  The first AMC Symposium, to be hosted by the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh , focuses broadly on the theme of Historical Dialectology, with no restrictions to particular languages or historical periods.


American Association for Applied Linguistics 2016 


July 21-22, 2016.  The First International Conference of Cultural Linguistics

Prato, Italy

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2015


June 15-18, 2016. Sociolinguistics Symposium 21

Murcia, Spain

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2015


June 20-22, 2016.  6th International Conference on Bantu Languages (Bantu 6)

Helsinki, Finland

X Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2015


June 10-12,  2016.  7th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication

Split, Croatia


Website: http://www.unist.hr/interculturalpragmatics2016

June 3-5, 2016.  The Semantic of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages 2 (TripleA 2)

Potsdam, Germany

X Call Deadline: 09-Jan-2015


August 22-26,  2016.  19th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 19)

Essen, Germany


September 11-13, 2016. Learner Corpus Research Conference (LCR 2015) 

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Call Deadline: TBA


September 12-13, 2016.  Historical Linguistics and Typology: Assessing a Partnership

Austin, TX

X Call Deadline: 01-May-2015

Website: http://linguistlist.org/issues/25/25-4659.html

August 22-26,  2016.  19th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics

Berlin, Germany

Call Deadline: TBA


To print:  conferences16.docx

Rampton (2015) on what’s going to happen to Applied Linguistics?

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How is Applied Linguistics as a field affected by social and technological changes?  This short article is divided into two parts. The first contains comments on how higher education is changing in Britain, and the second, some suggestions about how the changes are going to affect applied linguistics in a country like Britain. Read on: applied-linguistics-next-10-years.pdf


** For comprehensive lists of Linguistics conferences in 2015 and 2016, please click “Conferences” on the right-hand column of this website.

Chinese language publications on Hakka

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The majority of the Hakka people (客家 )(‘Hakka’ literally meaning ‘guest families’)  are said to live in Guangdong province (China) today, but they can be found in many parts of the world as a result of migration.  The Hakka language, history and traditions are different from those of the Cantonese.

Hakka Studies is a journal article written in Mandarin which introduces recent development and research output of studies on the Hakka people in Singapore. There are only two Chinese language publications on the Hakka language in recent years (see inside):