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Susan Hunston, Professor of the English Language at the University of Birmingham and a member-at-large of AILA’s Executive Board, was awarded recently the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Higher Education and Applied Linguistics. Susan is one of the world’s pre-eminent linguists. She was the lead researcher on the pioneering COBUILD project that established the first electronic corpus of contemporary text, the Bank of English. She is well known for her reference work on the grammar patterns of English and their pedagogical applications. Her work on appraisal theory has been particularly influential in discourse analysis to understand the ways in which people form and express evaluation in discourse. She has been tireless in promoting the field of Applied Linguistics as the co-editor of the Cambridge Applied Linguistics series, as the Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and as Chair of the University Council of General and Applied Linguistics (UCGAL). As Jeannette Littlemore writes in the BAAL Newsletter: “[Susan Hunston] has brought great skill and knowledge to her role, always encouraging students to become rigorous researchers themselves. Susan is not only an outstanding teacher and mentor to all her students, but also an inspiration to those of us who have been lucky enough to work with her.” We at AILA would like to add our congratulations to Susan and thank her for her wise and experienced counsel on our Executive Board these last few years.


















The Ohio State University presents the Second Language Research Forum 2017

Growing Connections in Second Language Research

October 12th - 15th, 2017

Second Language Research has its roots in a variety of disciplines and traditions, each containing a multiplicity of voices and theories, at times complementary and at times clashing. Recently, scholars in the field have enriched their work by drawing insights from sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, and neurocognitive approaches to SLA; research on pragmatics and classroom interactions; and the study of Bilingualism, Bi-literacy, and Multilingualism. These connections have begun to bridge the gaps amongst methodologies, facilitating a better understanding of the problematics at play in second language teaching, learning, and use.

Simultaneously, linguistics as a field has sought to connect to other disciplines, to the media, and to laypeople. Since their field is often misunderstood by those outside of it, linguistic researchers are working to educate those beyond their boundaries and looking to other disciplines to enrich their work and promote understanding of how languages are learned.

Finally, technological advancements offer enhanced approaches to language practice for teachers and learners: Asynchronous and synchronous computer mediated communication (CMC) allows for connections and collaborations between learners and instructors on a global scale, and technologies such as eye-tracking, event-related potential (ERP) and fmri allow researchers valuable insight into learners’ language acquisition processes.

The theme of SLRF 2017, “Growing Connections in Second Language Research,” focuses on these developing links. Consequently, we invite proposals for paper and poster presentations that in some way discuss connections: amongst methodologies, fields, and people.

We welcome but are not limited to submissions situated in the following areas of research:

* Research Methods in SLR

* Cognitive and Neurocognitive Approaches to SLA

* Formal Approaches to SLA

* Sociolinguistic Approaches to SLA

* Psycholinguistic and Psychological Approaches to SLA

* Instructed SLA - Issues in SL Education

* Bi-literacy - Bilingualism - Multilingualism

* CALL/CMC / Technology

Submission deadline: April 16th, 2017

For submission guidelines and to submit an abstract, please visit our website at



The University of Jyväskylä Language Campus is pleased to organize the

16th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVI) &

34th Summer School and Conference of Applied Language Studies

which will be held in Jyväskylä & Närpes, Finland August 28-30, 2017


The submission of proposals is now open at and closes on February 28, 2017. Please, submit your proposal by filling out an online form.

Proposals regarding original and previously unpublished research on minority languages are invited. All proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme revaluing minority languages.

Types of presentations: 1) paper, 2) poster, 3) colloquium, and 4) workshop (with hands-on activities based on some data or a specific topic).

Length of abstracts: paper, poster or workshop (500 words, max., including references).

Proposals for colloquia

Colloquia are collections of paper presentations that relate to a narrowly defined topic of interest, and are offered in a three-hour time block. Proposals for colloquia are limited to 700 words, and should include brief summaries of each of the papers to be included, along with paper titles and individual authors’ names. Sufficient detail should be provided to allow peer reviewers to judge the scientific merit of the proposal. The person submitting a proposal for a colloquium is responsible for securing the permission and co-operation of all participants before the proposal is submitted. A chair for the session must also be identified.

Language policy

The language of the conference is English. If a presentation is based on data in any other language, use of multilingual material (e.g. in Power Point slides, handouts) is recommended.

Reviewing of abstracts

The proposals for any type of presentation will be evaluated anonymously by at least two members of the Organizing Committee, and they will be evaluated for their contribution to the field, quality of content, thematic relevance and quality of abstract (organization, clarity of expression).

Presentation acceptances will be sent out by April 10, 2017.


Minority languages have long been used by different groups of social actors for identity and community building purposes, such as the symbolic, material, and political mobilisation of linguistic and cultural rights. Currently, under changing political, economic and cultural conditions around the world, minority languages are subject to multiple, overlapping and even contradictory discourses and practices of valuation and revaluation.

The peripheral position of minority languages, as structured by nation-state logics, and the central role endowed to them in the political projects of various minority groups are now complexified by both the increasing economic value of minority languages as a resource of distinction and authenticity, and by the intensified mobility of languages and their speakers. Some of the consequences of this complexification result in re-evaluating relationship between minority and migrant languages and the trajectories of so-called “new speakers” of minority languages.

ICML XVI will address critical questions such as how minority languages are valued, by whom and under what conditions.

The conference is open to researchers, students and stakeholders from across the multidisciplinary field of minority languages.


In addition to the talks delivered by plenary speakers, the programme will consist of panel discussions, paper and poster sessions, colloquia and workshops.

Talks by plenary speakers:

Professor Helen Kelly Holmes (University of Limerick, Ireland)

Professor Ingrid Piller (Macquarie University, Australia)

Director Robert Adam (University College London, UK)

Professor Sari Pöyhönen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

There will be two invited panel discussions: 1) Historical language minorities in Finland and in the neighboring countries; and 2) Immigration and integration in the Swedish speaking regions of Finland.

Pre- or post-conference workshops will be organized by plenary speakers.

Please visit the website for regular updates on ICML XIV.

Correspondence with organizers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Follow us on Twitter! @ApplingJYU #ICMLXVI


The 10th Conference of the Spanish Association of Language Centres in Higher Education (ACLES) will be hosted by the University of Vigo, Spain, on 29/06-01/07/2017.


Under the title of “The role of Language Centres in the internationalization strategy of universities”, the Conference will cover the following thematic areas:

-Language policy and internationalization

-Specific training for the university community

-Management and direction of Language Centres in Higher Education

-Language testing and accreditation

The goal of this 10th ACLES Conference is to analyze the new role of Language Centres as a key instrument in the internationalization of our universities and share good practices in internationalization through languages.

The 10th ACLES Conference invites papers which are focused on any of the abovementioned thematic areas. We invite abstract submissions for 20-minute paper presentations. The deadline for submission is 28 February 2017.

The Organising Committee

Esperanza Rama Martínez

Departamento de Filoloxía Inglesa, Francesa e Alemá

Universidade de Vigo