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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

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Institutionalized marginalization as tolerated discrimination

Chew, G.C.L. (24 April 2018). Forms of tolerated discrimination in the workplace. The Straits Times. A19; online.

I have coined the term “institutionalized marginalization” to describe one of the common forms of tolerated discrimination experienced by some contract workers.

Those researching on workplace language and issues might be interested to pursue the topic.


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)