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Call for papers on ‘African politeness’

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Please note that the deadline of 3 January has been extended: new date to be announced, but should be early February.


Special Issue of Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behaviour, Culture on “African Politeness”

Editor-in-Chief: Karen Grainger

Guest Editors:
Sinfree Makoni (Penn State University)

Abdennour Kharraki (Mohammed 1st University)

  • ï‚· Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted to:
  • ï‚· by January 3rd 2014.
  • ï‚· Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors and authors may be invited to

    submit a full draft paper by May 6th 2014.

  • ï‚· Papers should be on some aspect of politeness in African languages and/or

    used by African speakers of European languages.

  • ï‚· Papers on North African and Sub-Saharan African languages and cultures are welcome .
  • ï‚· Papers should be of high quality, taking into account and contributing to recent developments in Politeness Theory.

Membership fees to increase for 2014

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Please note that, as agreed at our annual meeting, our membership fees will increase from 1 January 2014 to R450 for full membership (for the rest of 2014) and R250 for associate membership.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Learning and Teaching in Multilingual Contexts

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University for a motivated candidate who is interested in bi/multilingual learning and teaching in contexts where English is used as the language of learning and teaching to speakers of other languages. The successful candidate will be involved in an NRF-funded research programme focusing on qualitative and quantitative studies of bi/multilinguals learning through English.

Applicants who have recently (within the past five years) completed a PhD degree in the fields of Applied Linguistics or Educational Linguistics can apply for this Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The tax-free Fellowship of R160 000 per annum is tenable for one year, but could be extended for a second year depending on the applicant’s progress. The proposed starting date for the fellowship is January 2014 but this is negotiable. 


Applications should include a covering letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, research projects, conference participation and details of three contactable referees and should be sent as soon as possible to: Prof. Christa van der Walt, Department of Curriculum Studies, Stellenbosch University, Room 3015 Education Building, Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch 7600; Fax: +27 21 808 2295; e-mail: The closing date for applications is 22 November 2013. The successful applicant will be subject to University policies and procedures. 

Interested applicants are most welcome to contact Professor Christa van der Walt at the above e-mail address for further details & discussion regarding the project.

Call for papers: Language, learning and culture

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Virginia International University (VIU)’s School of Education enthusiastically invites you to participate in our Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture, to be held on VIU campus in Fairfax, VA, from April 11-12, 2014.

This year’s theme, Innovations at the Intersection of Language, Learning, and Culture, intends to frame educational experiences as ideally meeting the needs of diverse students, their communities, and the various stakeholders who can benefit from high-quality, socially responsive language programs.

Plenary speakers include:

· Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, President and CEO of the Center for Applied Linguistics, on the multilingual heritage and contemporary linguistic diversity of the US

· Dr. Shelley Wong, Professor at George Mason University and past TESOL President, on student advocacy and empowerment

· Dr. Ken Petersen, Technical Director of Online Learning & Assessment for American Councils for International Education, on innovations in technology for the modern classroom

Conference strands include language learning and development, language pedagogy, program evaluation and policy, and language in society.

Please consider submitting a proposal! Colloquia, panel discussions, workshops, posters, and paper presentations are welcome.

Abstracts are due by December 23, 2013.

For more information on the conference strands and proposal guidelines, please visit our conference website:

Questions can be directed to Kevin J. Martin, Director of the School of Education, at

We hope to see you at VIU in April!

Rebecca Sachs, Ph.D.

Professor, TESOL

School of Education

Virginia International University

3957 Pender Drive

Fairfax, VA  22030

Tel:  (703) 591-1844, ext. 364

Fax:  (703) 591-7046


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Call for papers: Lavender languages and linguistics

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Via BAAL (thanks Rosemary Wildsmith!)

I would like to draw your attention to the following announcement:

The 21st Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference will take place at American University, Washington DC from February 14-16, 2014. This annual conference series is dedicated to research in the broad area of language and sexuality. Sessions currently under development include:

  • (Anti)Homophobic Discourse Analysis
  • Erotic/Porn Socialities
  • Language, Sexuality & Hip Hop Culture
  • Intersexions: Language & Identity Nexuses
  • Language as a Means of Control: Monitoring Salvadoran LGBT Immigrants
  • Queering Heterosexuality and Challenging Normativities

Presentations in one of these sessions, or on any topic related to LGBTQ linguistics, are welcome. Please submit abstracts to the program committee c/o before November 11, 2014. See submission details on the conference

Call for papers: Association for Language Awareness: 2014

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

ALA 2014 – Language Awareness: Achievements and Challenges

First circular and Call for papers

Hedmark University College is organizing the 12th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA 2014) in Hamar, Norway from July 1-4, 2014. The theme of the conference is “Language Awareness: Achievements and Challenges”, and the deadline for abstract submission is November 15, 2013.

Academic programme

The programme will consist of full paper presentations, work-in-progress reports and poster sessions. A pre-conference workshop will be arranged for PhD students, as an opportunity to engage with peers and senior scholars.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Agneta Svalberg (University of Leicester): Language Awareness Research: Where we are now

 Ofelia García (City University of New York): Language Awareness in Teacher Education

 Kenneth Hyltenstam (Stockholm University): Language Awareness in Polyglots

 Arne Torp (University of Oslo): The Language Situation in the Nordic Countries

Conference venue

ALA 2014 will be held at Hedmark University College in Hamar, Norway. Hamar is located one hour north of Oslo Airport, and is easily accessible by train. Sitting on the shores of Norway’s biggest lake, Mjøsa, it has beautiful surroundings. The campus is in the town center with easy access to hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as recreational areas by the lake. Further information about the venue, travel arrangements and accommodation is available from our website:

 Call for papers
We welcome abstracts that address any aspects of research on language awareness. In accordance with the conference theme, submissions are encouraged to focus on the state of the art within relevant research areas, and on challenges and future avenues of research related to language awareness. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- the role of language awareness in
- first, second and other language acquisition
- language learning and teaching
- teacher education
- language contact situations
- work place communication
- etc.
- the relation of language awareness to
       – language policy
       – intra- and inter-language variation
       - modern technology and digital communication

Papers will be allocated 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. Posters (max. size A0, portrait format) will be presented in a special session and remain on display throughout the conference.