Imagination and Language: The International Linguistic Association’s 54th Annual Conference

Since 1955 the International Linguistic Association has sponsored an Annual Linguistics Conference in order to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and research in progress among members of the International Linguistic Community.

The ILA’s 54th annual conference will take place this weekend (April 3-5). Papers on a wide variety of topics in languages and linguistics will be presented, and the conference will take place at St. John’s University in Manhattan.

This year’s conference will focus on the role of language and imagination in learning and teaching. Invited speakers include:





For more information on the conference, please visit the ILA website.


Register now for the 30th Annual NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Conference

Date & Time: Saturday, March 7, 2009, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Teachers College, Columbia University

Theme: Second/Foreign Language Research: Information Technology,
Inquiry and Interaction

Plenary Speaker: Dr. John Liontas
“From Prescribing and Describing Linguistics to Analyzing Applied
Linguistics Research and Practice: A Multiplicity of Perspectives from
Language Teaching, Technology, and Idiomaticity”

The conference will feature:
– Concurrent presentations throughout the day
– Poster session
– Publisher’s exhibit
(Breakfast, lunch, and wine & cheese reception included)

*To pre-register, please download and complete the Pre-Registration Form (alconf2009_prereg2)*

Visit the NYS TESOL website. For questions or further information please contact Lan Ngo at

Below is a sample of the presentations:

Seyed Vahid Aryadoust & Dr. Christine Goh
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Investigating the Construct Validity of the Listening Module of an International Standardized Proficiency Test

Of all IELTS modules, listening is the least-researched one. This
article reports on a study which investigated the construct validity
of the IELTS Listening from a specimen material. Using the Rasch and
factor analysis, the study discovers evidence detrimental to the
construct validity of the test. Implications for IELTS and second
language testing are also discussed.


Dr. Cynthia S. Wiseman, Dr. Maureen T. Matarese, & Joshua Belknap

Wikis in Language Learning

The presenters will showcase three ways in which wikis can scaffold
teaching and learning. The first approach highlights a
fully-interactive wiki website for teacher-student learning. The
second examines how literacy teachers foster collaborative learning
and writing through student-authored, publicly-available wiki-pages,
and the third presents wikis in a language lab setting.


Tara Tarpey
Teachers College, Columbia University
I’m Bad at Grammar: Self-Deprecation in Undergraduate Peer Tutoring
Using conversation analysis as a framework, this presentation explores
the nature of self-deprecation offered by tutees during undergraduate writing center
advising episodes. The data reveal that self-deprecations in peer tutoring are
not followed by the conditionally-relevant preferred action of disagreement. The
institutionality of the setting will be discussed in relation to this finding.


Vu Ho
Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University
Effect of Association Strategies on L2 Word Association Consistency
This vocabulary development project involved 40 subjects and investigated the
effectiveness of nine association strategies designed to help L2
learners associate foreign words more consistently. Results show that
subjects with training on these strategies performed
significantly better than those without. Furthermore, this desirable
effect could be sustained over time.


Mimi Blaber, Eric Newman, & Melinda Thomsen
CUNY Immersion Program, LaGuardia Community College
Free Software for Language Learners
Presenters will discuss two free computer applications used at
LaGuardia Community College for ESL students: Audacity®, an open
source software for recording and editing sounds and Second Life, an
Internet-based virtual world where students can travel, explore,
socialize, and communicate in a digital environment.

…and many more.

TULCon Call for Submissions ends in 1 week

The Call for Submissions for University of Toronto’s undergraduate linguistics conference, TULCon, is closing one week from today (on Friday 2/13). 

 If you have any research that you’ve done in the field of linguistics that you want to present either as a 20-minute talk OR a poster, please submit your 1-page abstract to by February 13th.

Also, whether you are submitting a paper or you just want to attend the conference, please register on our website. There is no payment to be made on the website, but registering helps give us a better idea of how many people to expect.

ECS Conference on Writing and Literacy in Early China

The Columbia University Early China Seminar is very pleased to
announce a conference on Writing and Literacy in Early China. Several papers will deal directly with literacy and early Chinese script.

Download the event flyer and program here.

The conference is scheduled for February 7-8 and will be held in 403
Kent Hall on the main Columbia campus.

Non-members of the Seminar are welcome to attend. Due to the
limitation of room space, if you do plan to come, please RSVP to Mr. Nick Vogt, Rapporteur, at:

2009 Linguistic Institute

The 65th Linguistic Institute, sponsored by the Linguistic Society of America and the University of California, Berkeley, is coming soon!

For information on the 2009 Linguistic Institute, please visit the LSA and LSA2009 websites:

Registration and fellowship applications will go online from these websites in January.

The theme of the 2009 Institute is Linguistic Structure and Language Ecologies. Courses, lectures, and conferences highlight the relation between linguistic structures and the ecologies in which they are embedded, including physical and psychological contexts, demographic and social contexts, and historical and geographic contexts. Institute dates are as follows:

6-week courses: 6 July 2009 – 13 August 2009
Session 1 (3-week courses): 6 July – 23 July
Session 2 (3-week courses): 27 July – 13 August

More information on the 20 six-week courses and 60 three-week courses is here.

Students receive full academic credit (and all campus privileges) at the lowest per-week cost of any Linguistic Institute since 2003, and a variety of housing options are available. Student members of the LSA may apply for fellowships that cover all tuition and fees; for information about the fellowship process see this page.

Affiliates (professors, researchers, and other non-students) may attend courses and have full campus privileges for the cost of $1200 (six weeks) or $700 (three weeks). Because affiliate fees subsidize student fellowships, we encourage potential affiliates to consider registering early so that we will be able to give as many fellowships
as possible.

See this page for information about Forum and Institute lectures by Mark Baker, Stephen C. Levinson, Malcolm Ross, Natalie Schilling-Estes, Donca Steriade, and Michael Tomasello, and for information about the following conferences:

Dene Conference

33rd Stanford Child Language Research Forum

Society of the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Association for Linguistic Typology

International Cognitive Linguistics Conference

Role and Reference Grammar conference