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Monday, February 1st, 2016

SAALA is one of several societies in Southern Africa concerned with linguistics and applied language studies. Together, SAALA and LSSA/LVSA publish a journal, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, and, jointly with SAALT, host an annual conference.

Our latest collaboration involves the establishment of SIGs, Special Interest Groups, which span the societies and draw members from all of them. Currently, we have SIGs for Theoretical Linguistics – Southern Africa, Linguistics & Literacies for African Languages, Corpus Linguistics – Southern Africa and Critical Discourse Analysis – Southern Africa. Each SIG has a coordinator and a Facebook presence. Members of SIGs are encouraged to take up formal membership of one of the societies and would need to be paid up members in order to access benefits like workshops or conference discounts. We welcome suggestions for more SIGs so if you would like to motivate for one, please contact the SAALA Chair, Sally Hunt (see details alongside) with your ideas.

SAALA 2016 UWC Second call for papers

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

2016 LSSA / SAALA / SAALT Joint Annual Conference

4-7 July 2016 : University of the Western Cape

2nd Call for Paper Abstracts and Panel Proposals

You are invited to submit an abstract for a contributed oral or poster presentation for the LSSA / SAALA / SAALT Conference 2016, to be held at the University of the Western Cape from 4 – 7 July 2016.

Deadline for submissions is 29 February 2016


UWC Workshop: Prof Ben Rampton and Dr Adam Lefstein: ‘Key concepts and methods in ethnography, language & communication’. 10 – 12 Feb 2016

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Announcement: Workshop with Prof Ben Rampton & Dr Adam Lefstein

When: Wed 10 – Fri 12 February 2016, 09.00 – 16.00.
Venue: TBA, Bellville, Cape Town.
Cost: R500 for three days.

‘Key concepts and methods in ethnography, language & communication’

Is ‘qualitative data analysis’ too vague for you?
Are you wondering how to do justice to your data?

If you are researching social processes, institutions, culture or identity, but are unsure about how to analyse the discourse data from your fieldwork, then consider joining this three day research training course.
The programme is designed to help advanced students to navigate the twin perils of over- and under-interpreting discourse data. It introduces perspectives and tools for the micro-, genre- and transcontextual analysis of language and communication, and it facilitates the ethnographic study of social practice in different settings (e.g. education, workplace, recreation).

The course was initiated with UK Research Council funding in 2007, and it has run every year since then. The course held at the University of the Western Cape in February will be taught by Prof Ben Rampton (Director) and Dr Adam Lefstein.
This workshop promises to be a highly useful introduction to data analysis in our discipline, by two highly regarded international scholars.

Places will be limited, so please notify (cc by 20 January 2016 to reserve your place if you would like to attend.

Linguistics in a transforming South Africa

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Call for expressions of interest
Linguistics in a transforming South Africa: perspectives on curriculum, research and disciplinary practice
A joint initiative of SAALA & LSSA

20 to 22 January 2016
Rhodes University, Grahamstown

SAALA and LSSA/LVSA are joining together to host a gathering of linguists in South Africa in order to facilitate the transformation of the discipline, in all its facets and applications.

This is the first event of its kind, as far as we know, and comes at an important point in the history of our country and our discipline. The linguistic disciplines are articulated within a Southern African context characterized by rich linguistic diversity. However this diversity exists within spaces intersected by complex linguistic power relations, English hegemony, prescriptive linguistic attitudes, social and economic exclusion, identity and aspirations among many others. Some of these issues have been highlighted by more inclusive student demographics, by popular movements (both within higher education and in society more broadly), calls for rethinking the role of language in HE and calls for decolonizing HE. While South African institutions of Higher Education have been transforming during the past 21 years of democracy (and before), recent political developments have brought many of these issues to the fore and have contested narratives of transformation, inclusivity and change. Equally, there may be the possibility of threats to the transformational project, both from reactionary special-interest groups on left and right as well as from the imperative of the state to cater to the needs of economic development. Against this backdrop, it is appropriate for Linguists to proactively articulate the role and relevance of linguistics and the linguistic sub-disciplines within a transforming South Africa. In this context, the South African Applied Linguistics Association and the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa will host the first summit of linguists to discuss these issues.

We would like the meeting to be as representative as possible and we encourage all departments where linguistics is taught or researched to send at least one representative. Please contact Sally Hunt (SAALA chair) at s.hunt (AT) or Mark de Vos (LSSA/LVSA president) at m.devos (AT) for more information.

SAALA/LSSA/SAALT 2015 First Call for papers

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The First Call for papers for next year’s joint conference is here:

The closing date is 27 February 2015.  Hope to see everyone there!

Strategic Early Literacy Imperative: Funding for Literacy research at Rhodes

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The Department of English Language and Linguistics at Rhodes invites applications to the Postgraduate research programme:
Strategic Early Literacy Imperative: Linguistic and social partnerships in Foundation-Phase Learning in African languages.

The research programme explores the relation between formal and applied linguistics and Foundation-Phase literacy education, specifically focussing on the contributions that can be made by linguists.

These contributions include, but are not limited to the following dimensions:
• Sociolinguistic-dialectological dimensions: including language standardization and the mismatch between home languages and languages of education
• Morpho-syntactic dimensions: the mismatch between psycholinguistic and orthographic representations of words and morphemes with the attendant need for thorough linguistic analysis of African languages within descriptive and theoretical frameworks.
• Linguistic-educative dimensions: the paucity of educational resources such as reading norms, vocabulary lists, graded texts, testing instruments, comprehension tests etc.

We invite students excelling academically to apply for teaching assistantships and postgraduate bursaries in order to undertake research in the above Research Focus Areas. Successful applicants will be expected to undertake duties in the department and to be present during term times.

More information about the project, subject matter and application procedures can be accessed at:

SAALA on Facebook

Friday, October 10th, 2014

If you are a regular user of Facebook, you might be interested in our facebook group for SAALA, available at:

Please note that joining the facebook group is not the same as becoming a formal member of SAALA.

Re-activation of affiliation with AILA

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Some news to motivate you to join us and to maintain your memberhsip! We are in the process of re-activating membership of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (the acronym is for the French name). Have a look at the website to see what the benefits are for members:

The final decision will be made at the AGM in June. Please be there!

Christa van der Walt

New British Council Grants from TIRF — Africa

Friday, March 28th, 2014

TIRF — The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition in partnership with the British Council. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants investigating any of the following topics:

•Bilingualism or Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, and the Professions
•Language Assessment
•Optimal Uses of Technology in the Delivery of English Language Instruction
•Language Teacher Education
•Students’ Age and Effective English Language Education in Schools
•Language Policy and Planning

Applicants must be enrolled in a legitimate doctoral program and must have been advanced to candidacy. (That is, they must have completed any required coursework and/or examinations, and must have had their research plan official approved by the university.)

We are seeking proposals from doctoral candidates at universities in the countries on the OECD DAC list of countries , or candidates in other countries whose work has the potential for positive impact in developing nations. We are particularly interested in research proposals that have clear implications for policy makers and others in positions to make decisions about English language education practices. Thus doctoral students from countries on the OEDC DAC list are eligible, as are candidates whose work has the potential to directly and positively influence English language education in those countries.

To be eligible for the TIRF-British Council award, the application’s cover sheet of the should include the following statement from the candidate: “I affirm that I am from a country on the OEDC DAC list or that my research has the potential to influence language education in at least one of those countries. My research will have clear implications for policy makers and others in positions to make decisions about English education practices.”

The application deadline is May 16, 2014. For further information, please click here or visit

2014 Language, Society, and Culture Conference at Bronx Community College on March 7, from 8.30 to 4.00

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

You are all cordially invited to attend the 2014 Language, Society, and Culture Conference, which will be held at Bronx Community College on March 7, from 8.30 to 4.00. Admission is free.

The keynote speaker, Rebecca Mlynarczyk, will be giving a paper entitled “Story Telling and Academic Discourse: Including More Voices into the Conversation.”

Please join us for a conversation on the following questions:

How do we conceive academic discourse? How do our conceptions inform our teaching practices? Are academic discourse and storytelling compatible? If so, what are some points of contact, and how can they benefit our students? How do we take into account the linguistic and cultural diversity of our students as we bring academic discourse—and possibly storytelling—into our classrooms?

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions

Andrea Parmegiani,
Conference Chair