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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)

IPrA 2017 (16-21 July 2017, Belfast)

Make yourself at home.

AMPRA: Indiana University, Bloomington (Nov. 4-6, 2016, Indiana, USA).

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Proposals for the 3rd International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA) are currently being accepted. The conference will take place at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA on November 4, 5, & 6, 2016. There will be a pre-conference workshop on Pragmatics & Language Learning during the afternoon of Thursday, November 3, 2016. In addition, the conference will feature three outstanding plenary speakers. For additional information about the conference and the call for papers, please visit the AMPRA website:


In addition to individual presentations, we are encouraging proposals for PANEL sessions. Panel organizers, please follow the instructions for submitting your proposal: http://indiana.edu/~ampra/colloquia/ 

Abstracts and PANEL proposals must be submitted through EasyAbstracts:

Before you submit your proposal, make sure to indicate whether your submission is for an individual presentation or panel.


Deadline: April 15, 2016 (no abstracts will be processed after this date)

Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2016

Call for Papers (also available on the AMPRA conference website):


Please visit the AMPRA website to get familiar with the guidelines for abstract submission, deadlines, plenary speakers, logistics for planning your trip, hotel, etc.  You can also find information for the Graduate Student Travel Award (see main page of website, ‘Announcements’.


 If you have any questions about AMPRA 2016, please contact us at ampra@indiana.edu

We look forward to seeing you at Indiana University on November 4-6, 2016.


Information sent by:

Dr. Cesar Felix-Brasdefer (for the 2016 AMPRA Conference Organizing Committee)

Bengalis on Orkut: Greetings and Interpersonal Closeness

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Information on the new publication of Assistant Professor, Dr. Anupam, has come in.

The publication, “Greetings and interpersonal closeness: A case of Bengalis on Orkut”, may be of interest to some of the members/ readers of this group. The article is freely available for all until March 11, 2016. The paper can be accessed by clicking on the following URL:

The 3rd English Scholars Beyond Borders (ESBB) Conference; Taichung (May 19-22, 2016 )


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The 3rd ESBB conference will explore the diverse kinds of borders and boundaries that English teachers and scholars must negotiate to achieve success and to benefits learners. We invite language teaching professionals to present your conceptual work.

Enquiries: yhchen6@pu.edu.tw
Web address:  http://mlab.cs.pu.edu.tw/2016ESBB/

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)