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Current and past news and information about opportunities for members such as Calls for Proposals/Papers (CFPs), job announcements, and other updates are posted here. 

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Call for Data: Meta Analysis

Dear colleagues,

For a meta-analytical assessment, we seek unpublished data reporting on the impact of linguistic cues, expressed as verbs vs nouns, on behavior. 

We are gathering data that meet the following criteria:

1. The study/sample includes experimental manipulation which 

2. The study includes any measure of:

If you have unpublished or nearly published data (including thesis data) that might meet these criteria, please complete the following survey:, preferably by November 30th, 2023.  

If your data is already published - we have likely found it through our systematic search - however please reach out to us to double check that your research has been included. We are hoping to include all relevant research and every single study counts! Please pass this request to any colleagues who are examining the impact of the word form on behavior, especially those who are outside the field of Social or Political Psychology. 

If you have relevant research please do not hesitate to give us a heads up and we will make sure to send you a reminder 10 days before the deadline.  If you are unsure if your data fit our criteria or if you have any other questions, please write to  

With kind regards,

Marta Witkowska, SWPS University, Warsaw, Poland

Magdalena Formanowicz, SWPS University, Warsaw, Poland

Joanna Dołżycka, Ulm University, Germany

Caterina Suitner, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Call for papers: Special section “Individuals, Relationships and Community in the Digital Era”

The Psychology of Media and Technology Division of the Hellenic  Psychological Society invites manuscripts for a special issue addressing  “Individuals, Relationships and Community in the Digital Era”. Digital  technology has reached almost every tier of social relationships. The  consequences of digital media were so enormous that they characterized the  contemporary era as digital. Taking into consideration the above frame,  psychology research can contribute so that these consequences could be  more comprehensible. 

For this special issue, guest editors Prof. Panagiotis Kordoutis, Dr Petros  Roussos and Dr Anthi Argyroudi are seeking research reports and theoretical  manuscripts that refer to the psychological consequences of digital  technology in individuals, interpersonal relationships, and the community. 

Empirical studies will be prioritized. The accepted language is English

Those interested are kindly requested to submit a 250-word abstract of their  study in English until September 29th 2023, by  

emailing: with the indication “Special Issue  Digital Era – Surname_First_Author”. 

Authors will be informed about the acceptance or not of their proposal until  the end of December 2023. The final date for submitting the full manuscripts  will be May 31st, 2024. 

For the submission of their full manuscript, the authors must follow the  instructions that appear in the following link: #onlineSubmissions and use the template for the configuration and the  submission of their manuscripts. During submission, it should be clearly  mentioned that the paper submitted is for the Special Section. 

The Guest Editors of the Special Issue,

Panagiotis Kordoutis, Petros Roussos and Anthi Argyroudi 

3rd International Symposium on Intergroup Communication ISIG3


University of Warsaw, Poland : 23 (2pm) -26 (noon) JUNE 2025

Convened by Karolina Hansen (University of Warsaw, Poland), Howie Giles (UC Santa Barbara, USA & The University of Queensland, Australia) and Antonis Gardikiotis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

SYMPOSIUM WEBSITE: w/ regular updates

International Organizing Committee: Michael Hogg (USA), Sucharita Belavadi (India), Miles Hewstone (UK), Anastassia Zabrodskaja (Estonia), Richard Clément (Canada), Liz Jones (Malaysia), Bernadette Watson (Australia); Hiroshi Ota (Japan), and Monica Rubini (Italy).

Local Committee (University of Warsaw): Karolina Hansen, Maria Mirucka, Michał Wypych, and Kamila Zochniak

Aims of this Symposium are:

The study of intergroup communication concerns the interplay between communication and social relations in a variety of contexts: organizations, families, health, media, intercultural, new technology, etc. Papers on all topics of intergroup communication are invited: family; social networks; news media; disability; stigma; multilingualism; border communication; group vitalities; intergroup contact; multilingual settings; language and identity; particular intergroup settings (e.g., Ukraine, Covid-19 pandemic crisis), etc. The journal, Psychology of Language & Communication, will have a Special Issue devoted to ISIG3, with letters of intent to submit no later than June 1 2025 (actual submission deadline August 1 2025).

Keynote speakers include: Dominic Abrams (UK), Camiel J. Beukeboom (Netherlands), Michał Bilewicz (Poland); Nik Palomares (USA - Editor-Elect from 2024 of JLSP), Yan Bing Zhang & Jake Harwood (USA – Epilogue Discussants)

Please let us know if you intend to participate (for planning reasons) ASAP - and convey ideas for titled panels, papers, creative and social activities 

Important dates:

Check WEBSITE being updated for accommodation options, fees, activities, restaurant/pub reviews, etc.

Remembering Cindy Gallois: Leader and Friend

I am deeply saddened to share news of the passing of a luminary of language and social psychology, former IALSP President and Fellow, Cindy Gallois. Below is an obituary from Bernadette Watson and Howie Giles (also IALSP Past Presidents and Fellows), a version of which appeared in the June/July 2023 International Communication Association newsletter. - Jessica Gasiorek, IALSP President

Cindy Gallois, IALSP Fellow and Past President (2002-2004), Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland, School of Psychology, passed away peacefully at The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, on June 8, 2023, at the age of 78.  Her husband, Jeff Pittam was at her side.  Cindy’s academic career began in 1976 when she received her PhD from the University of Florida. The following year she arrived in Australia from the USA and in 1979 joined The University of Queensland (UQ) in what is now the School of Psychology, remaining at the University until her retirement and her transition to Emeritus Professor in 2010.  However, Cindy’s enormous contribution to language and psychology research within Australia and internationally continued up until her death.  

Cindy’s research awards were phenomenal, including Fellowships in the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA, elected 2000), the Society of Experimental Social Psychologists (elected 1997), the International Communication Association (ICA, elected 2007), the International Academy of Intercultural Research (Charter Fellow, elected 1997), and IALSP (elected 2012).  In addition to IALSP, Cindy was President of ICA (2001-2002), and the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP, 1997-1999), as well as an executive or committee member of these associations and ASSA. In 2019, SASP awarded Cindy the John Turner Medal for sustained contributions to social psychology.  

Cindy’s research was diverse and far reaching.  She published prolifically with 15 books and monographs and over 200 book chapters and papers to her name. Her supervision of 43 PhD students across markedly different areas of social psychology is testament to her immense expertise in language attitudes and communication, an achievement acknowledged in 2013 when at the 13th. International Conference of Social Psychology at Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, she was honoured with a Festschrift entitled, ‘The Social Meanings of Language, Dialect and Accent: International Perspectives on Speech Styles’.  The dedication states that the book celebrates ‘her enormous legacy in language attitudes research and theory and for her MANY other areas of invaluable language and social psychological enquiry’.   However, she is best known as a world leader in intergroup communication research in intercultural, organizational and health contexts.  

Cindy’s contribution to the academic world went far beyond her research scholarship.  At UQ she was also a well-respected academic administrator.  She was President of the UQ Academic Board, founding Director of the Centre for Social Research in Communication at UQ, and also served as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. 

As one of Cindy’s previous PhD students, I (Bernadette Watson) would like to acknowledge the enormous influence she has had on me and all the students she supervised.  She was generous, humorous and extremely focused. Many of us would remark she had a mind like a steel trap.  She remembered the smallest details and could remind students about aspects of their research that they had overlooked.  Cindy was also extremely humble.  She listened carefully to what people said and at conference presentations would often ask penetrating, sharp questions, showing both her curiosity and respect.   She would always attempt to make a person feel that their research efforts were valuable.  

I clearly remember Cindy from my undergraduate days at the University of Queensland.   At an informal class session during my honours year, Cindy suggested that I should consider postgraduate research.  It was this suggestion that led me to commence a PhD with her in 1993.  A hallmark of Cindy’s advisory style was that she encouraged her students to push themselves.  In addition, she was very inclusive, always ensuring that her students met senior academics at conferences and other venues.  She has been the most important figure in my academic life and for the past 30 years has been my mentor.  I was extremely fortunate to be asked to interview Cindy for the ICA Architects of Communication Scholarship series.  At the time she gave this interview she had been through chemotherapy and was not well.  Nonetheless, she clearly articulated where she thought communication should be directed, identifying shortcomings in language and communication research, and how they should be addressed.  Listening to this podcast now that she has passed, I am again struck by her clear insights into communication and her focus on the importance of recognising the intergroup dimension in interactions.  I am indebted to Cindy for being my mentor, I miss her lively mind, and will miss the opportunity to collaborate with her anymore.  

I will now close and open the floor to Professor Howie Giles who writes: Following on from Bernadette’s excellent eulogy, I first met Cindy – an ardent vegetarian (and my bride and I don’t believe we had met a member of this group before!) – at the World Communication Association Conference in Norwich, UK, in 1987. I mention this not simply because she immediately came over to the University of Bristol to visit with me and there began decades of collaboration and friendship (amounting to 21 publications and her many significant contributions to the development of communication accommodation theory), but because this was an international Communication event at which she participated. I recall colleagues at ICA many years later when she was nominated for the ICA Presidency reckoning that she was not a viable front runner - as she was a “mere” psychologist!  How wrong they were. True, she wrote texts on social psychology and was a major player on the Australian scene there, yet she was consensually-recognized as a first rate leader of the ICA community and major contributor to the ICA Executive for years after her Presidency, also being elected in 1998 as a shrewd, far-sighted, and judicious Editor of Human Communication Research. 

Added to all the foregoing, she was an icon in intergroup communication.  In this arena, she contributed to intergenerational communication issues across many nations of the Asian Pacific, and was a pioneer in introducing a convincing and innovative intergroup perspective into both organizational and health communication as well as interethnic and intercultural communication.  Her text in the latter regard with Victor Callan – subtitled “A guide to practice” was a tour de force.  They – and in 3 editions of a later book enterprise in this sphere by Cindy – emphasized that while there were, of course, differences in values and ideologies across cultures, readers should not be wooed by being religiously blinkered to cultural “rules” when visiting these regions, but understand the tremendous heterogeneity within any one of them. In other words, and while being an invaluable contributor to the development of communication accommodation theory, Cindy emphasized that interactive adjustments in other lands demand sensitive and intricate attention to what kinds of person therein were being conversed with. 

She was an icon in the socio-psychological study of language and communication.  Bernadette and I are even more thrilled now that we co-edited a book on language attitudes titled, The social meanings of language, dialect and accent: International perspectives on speech styles with Peter Lang Publishers that was presented to a very surprised (but thrilled) Cindy at ICASLP13, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, in June 2012.  She was delighted by this deserved recognition from stellar authors around the world that it was easy for us to “cajole” her into writing an Epilogue to the prior 9 chapters. Inevitably, it was not only a profound statement on the field of language attitudes, but visionary in its outreach to the future of the field. In it, we inscribed: 

“On the occasion of her “retirement” from The University of Queensland and in celebration of her enormous legacy in language attitudes research and theory, and for her MANY other areas of invaluable language and social psychological inquiry”.

While there had been highly successful international conferences on language and social psychology (ICLASPs), Cindy along with a few others forged the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP) in the mid/late 1990s so as to have an organizational structure to orchestrate future such events and they would not wither away. IALSP prospered under her leadership and that of an array of other Presidents, with ICLASPs being convened in many parts of the world; ICLASP18 is being held in Tallinn, Estonia, next year. Already there is a session in the program there to celebrate the life and joy of Cindy’s life and work.

In sum, Cindy Gallois was a scholar of enormous intellectual depth and breadth who has spawned a generation or so of stellar researchers making their mark in the fields Cindy pioneered; as in the likes of Bernadette, Liz Jones, David Hewett, and Matthew Hornsey, to name but a few. She also was a staunch and passionate supporter of methodological multiplicity in the study of language use and attitudes as well as intergroup relations. Her own eclecticism was not merely advocacy in seminal and profoundly influential publications, but could be witnessed at the ground level in her quantitative work of various genres as well as her wide-ranging qualitative diversity, again, across research domains. 

I was informed of Cindy’s passing immediately by Bernadette who encouraged me to spread the sad word to those in my networks who were close to her. I was compelled by their replies in not only the impact she had had on their lives and academic growth, but even more so by the multidimensional welter of appreciations for her humanity.  Her grace and ever-infectious, smiley demeanour lit up any room she walked into.  Cindy was an attentive listener and absorber who provided consummate and constructive feedback to whatever ailed people or concerned them. Indeed, folk gravitated to her at conferences and the like because of her optimistic outlook and charismatic manner.  

Cindy is survived by her beloved spouse, Jeff Pittam, with whom she also collaborated on dozens of research grants, journal special issues, and articles.  Some years ago, Jeff had a serious medical condition which led to his loss of language and verbal skills.  Not only did Cindy nurture him back to “life”, but also was a major trouper in his re-acquiring his language and vocal skills. The loss to Jeff then is even more acute and overwhelming as he tended her through her own courageous illness and we wish him huge strength as he continues forward with the abiding memories and blessing of a terrific and loving relationship. 

After a few weeks now, the loss of Cindy to an untold number of friends, colleagues, and to our academy is unbearable; she will never be forgotten and we’ll grieve forever.  Now, in concert with having read the above, we encourage you to listen to the words and voice of Cindy in her aforementioned ICA podcast - - and also attend the celebration of her life at ICLASP18 in Tallinn in June 2024.

[Photo credit: Jake Gillespie]

Positive Communication Network: Book Party

A message from Maggie Pitts, IALSP Past President:

Dear IALSP Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know about another opportunity from the Positive Communication Network to meet and network with professors and practitioners of positive language and communication from all over the world!

Do you lead teams or inspire colleagues? Do you want to learn more about positive communication strategies to enhance your workplace? If so, join me and the Positive Communication Network as we launch our first Positive Communication Book Party to celebrate Julien Mirivel and Alex Lyon's new book, "Positive Communication for Leaders." Our free event includes a 25 minute skills training session centered on core communication skills for leaders to inspire positive change in organizations. Attendees will also have opportunities to engage with the authors and founders of the Positive Communication Network. The event is virtual, free, and fun! Join us Friday July 28th, 2023 at 1pm USA Eastern Standard Time. Register for this free event here:

See you there!

Special Issue on Intergroup Communication in Psychology of Language and Communication

The journal Psychology of Language and Communication has recently published a Special Issue on social psychological processes and intergroup communication:

Gardikiotis, A., Giles, H., & Tsigilis, N. (eds). (2003). Social psychological processes and intergroup communication. Psychology of Language & Communication, 27(1), 46-207.

For more information about the special issue and to access the articles included, please see the journal website here.

The Positive Communication Network Conference

The Positive Communication Network will be hosting an online conference on Friday, March 17th, 11AM to 3PM (CT). The goal of the conference is to foster a community dedicated to positive communication research, teaching, and practice.

For the full schedule and registration information, please see this flyer.

Call for Editor - Journal of Language and Social Psychology

Dear IALSP Members:

I am writing to share that Howie Giles is retiring from the Editorship of the Journal of Language and Social Psychology at the end of 2023, after which he will take on a much downsized Associate Editor role. The journal's publisher, SAGE, is – with our input – searching for a new Editor for a term of 3 or 5 years. Importantly, we are seeking a scholar who is well-versed in, and actively researches, the social psychology of language. It is also important that the new Editor value and support both quantitative and qualitative research.

If you are interested in serving in this role, please submit a copy of your curriculum vitae and a letter of intent (no more than 200 words) to me at by no later than December 1, 2022. You are also welcome to nominate/suggest other candidates for consideration to me (and I will follow up with them seeking materials).

The IALSP Executive will review nominations at its December meeting, and then pass these on the current Editor (Howie), who will in turn pass these on to SAGE. SAGE will interview finalist candidates and make the ultimate decision about the Editorship. The intent is for the new Editor to shadow Howie in his decision-making for the latter half of 2023 before taking the helm at the start of 2024.

Please let me know if you have questions about anything here, and I will do my best to answer them. I look forward to receiving any suggestions or nominations you have.


Jessica Gasiorek

President, IALSP

Health Symposium - December 9, 2022 (HKT)

Hong Kong PolyU will be hosting a Health Symposium entitled, "Do you Understand What I Am Saying?" on Friday, December 9, 2022 (Hong Kong Time). Please see this flyer for additional information. All are welcome!

Call for Papers - Special Issue of Language Sciences

The journal Language Sciences has an open Call for Papers for an upcoming Special Issue entitled, “Communication Accommodation Theory at 50 years: Recent Tends and Prospects”, guest edited by Howard Giles and America L. Edwards (University of California, Santa Barbara).

For additional details, please see the Call for Papers. [PDF]

Deadline for first drafs is December 31, 2022, and final drafts May 1, 2023.

Intercultural Challenges for the Reintegration of Displaced Professionals

Tony Young, IALSP member and Former IALSP President

The authorship team of Sara Ganassin, Steffi Schneider, Alina Schartner, Steve Walsh and myself are delighted to announce the publication of Intercultural Challenges for the Reintegration of Displaced Professionals, our new book out now through Routledge as part of Zhu Hua and Clare Kramsch’s Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication series.    

The book explores the findings of our recent trans-European project investigating how refugee former professionals can be helped back into employment. At the launch we’ll critically reflect on the challenges faced by refugee aspirant professionals in securing employment.  We’ll also explore ideas of how professional intercultural competence development and attendant language learning practices can help facilitate the professional (re)integration of these communities.  

For more information (and a discount on book orders) please see this flyer (PDF).  

ICLASP17 Update

Bernadette Watson, Chair of ICLASP17 Organizing Committee and Former IASLP President

As the Chair of the Host Organising Committee for ICLASP 17: 2022, I wanted to provide a brief update.  

We are now into the final leg of organising this conference.  There was a slight delay with reviewing the abstracts but that has been resolved.  All those who submitted  paper have now been advised of the outcome of their paper.  (If you have not received information about your paper, please contact us). The standard was particularly high this time around and we are excited to have such an excellent set of papers.  Our next step is to finalize the program and get a draft out to you all around mid-May.

We are planning to have the Award Ceremony and the Biennial General Meeting on the Sunday, 26 June, which will be on the Sunday (Hong Kong Time) following the conference.   

Warmest wishes

Bernadette and the PolyU Organizing Committee 

Call for Papers - Special Issue of International Perspectives in Psychology

The journal International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation has an open call for papers for an upcoming Topical Issue entitled, “Building an Equitable Global Psychology: Giving Voice to the Indigenous Psychology in Southeast Asia”

For additional details, please see the full CFP. [PDF]

Deadline for initial proposal submission is May 31st, 2022.

Psychology of Language and Communication Celebrates 25 Years

This year, the journal Psychology of Language and Communication (Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw) is celebrating 25 years of activity! PLC was intended to be a forum for academic exchange for scholars in the fields of psychology and language sciences. Operating in the Diamond Open Access model from the start, in 2022, we remain committed to our vision and we continue to expand, evolve, and learn.

PLC's thematic scope includes studies on communication processes in adults and children, cognitive and social bases of language and communication, language development and disorders, as well as online communication, computerized language analyses, and corpus studies. PLC also accepts theoretical articles and literature reviews.

Submit to PLC at: 

Follow PLC on Twitter at: 

Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international students' adjustment

At Newcastle University, Alina Schartner (Lecturer in Applied Linguistics) and PhD candidate Yao Wang have published a research briefing reporting on key findings from a study on the experiences of international students in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

A survey of 343 international students undertaking degree programmes at UK universities in 2020-21 investigated the impact of the pandemic on academic, psychological, and sociocultural adjustment, as well as the role of host university support in this process.  

Findings revealed that the pandemic had a profound impact on international students’ wellbeing and mental health, as well as their academic and social life.  

The project was funded by the NU Institute for Social Science.  

The research briefing can be accessed here [PDF]

An infographic with key findings is available here [JPG].

For further information about the project and forthcoming papers please contact:

Book Announcement: The Charter. Bill 101 and English-Speaking Quebec.

The following book may be of interest to IALSP members:

O’Donnell, L., Donovan, P., & Lewis, B. (Eds.). (2021). The Charter. Bill 101 and English-Speaking Quebec. Presses de l’Université Laval.

Published in 2021 by Presses de l’Université Laval, Québec city, with the support of the Quebec English-Speaking Research Network (QUESCREN) and the Canadian Institute for research on Linguistic Minorities (CIRLM), Université de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Content : 23 Chapters, 511 pages.


The Charter of the French Language , also called Bill 101, profoundly changed Quebec. The 1977 law made state institutions, certain workplaces, and commercial signs predominantly French.

Since the law’s adoption, Quebec’s English-speaking minority has experienced population loss, economic decline, school closures, but also a growing organizational vitality and increased participation in Francophone Quebec. This book features chapters in English and French by researchers and engaged citizens. They explore the Charter in relation to English-speaking Quebec and within a broad historical, linguistic, political, legal, and socio-economic context. A complex view of the Quebec language law and its communities emerges.

IALSP members may also be interested in previous books published on The Charter of the French Language in Quebec by IALSP member Richard Y. Bourhis:

Bourhis, R.Y. (Ed.). (2012). Decline and Prospects of the English-speaking Communities of Quebec. Canadian Heritage.

Bourhis, R.Y. (Ed.). (1984). Conflict and language planning in Quebec. Multilingual Matters.

Language Attitudes and the COVID-19 Pandemic

(by Marko Dragojevic, IALSP Publications Officer, December 2021)

For nearly a century, scholars from a wide array of disciplines have been examining language attitudes, or people’s evaluative reactions toward different language varieties (e.g., accents, dialects; Giles & Watson, 2013). One key finding that has emerged from this literature is that most (though certainly not all) foreign-accented speakers are evaluatively downgraded on both competence- and warmth-related traits, relative to native, standard-accented speakers (Dragojevic & Goatley-Soan, in press). This finding has been documented not only in the United States, but in other countries as well. Such negative language attitudes are consequential: Foreign-accented speakers often face prejudice and discrimination across a wide range of settings, including employment and education.

Two distinct, but related, processes have been theorized to underlie language attitudes (Dragojevic et al., 2021). The first process involves stereotyping. People use speakers’ language (e.g., accent) to infer which social group(s) speakers belong to and attribute to them stereotypic traits associated with those inferred social identities. By this account, foreign-accented speakers are rated less favorably than native, standard-accented speakers because the former are associated with more negative stereotypes. The second process involves listeners’ processing fluency, or the subjective ease with which listeners process a person’s speech. Past research has shown that the more difficulty listeners experience processing a person’s speech, the more negatively they evaluate that person. By this account, foreign-accented speakers are rated less favorably than native, standard-accented speakers because the former’s speech is more difficult to process. These two processes are not mutually exclusive and both likely operate in tandem to contribute to more negative attitudes toward foreign-accented speakers.

Given the above, it is interesting to consider how the COVID-19 pandemic and related events may have influenced (and continue to influence) listeners’ attitudes toward foreign-accented speakers. Both the stereotyping and processing fluency explanations would predict more negative attitudes toward most foreign-accented speakers as a result of the pandemic. First, the COVID-19 pandemic has likely exacerbated negative stereotypes toward foreigners, in general, as well as certain foreign groups, specifically. The increased negativity of these stereotypes, in turn, is likely to promote more negative attitudes toward foreign-accented speakers. Second, international travel restrictions spurred by fears of COVID-19 have resulted in reduced movement of people globally, likely resulting in reduced exposure to foreign-accented speech in many countries. Past studies have shown that repeated exposure to a particular foreign accent facilitates the processing of speech produced in that accent. Reduced exposure to foreign-accented speech, then, is likely to hinder listeners’ ability to process that speech once it is encountered. Consequently, as an indirect consequence of the pandemic, listeners may experience more difficulty processing foreign-accented speech (at least initially), which is likely to further exacerbate negative attitudes toward foreign-accented speakers once they are encountered. My research team and I are currently exploring these and related questions.

Dragojevic, M., Fasoli, F., Cramer, J., & Rakić, T. (2021). Toward a century of language attitudes research: Looking back and moving forward. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 40(1), 60-79.

Dragojevic, M., & Goatley-Soan, S. (in press). Americans’ attitudes toward foreign accents: Evaluative hierarchies and underlying processes. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

Giles, H., & Watson, B. (Eds). (2013). The social meanings of language, dialect, and accent: International perspectives on speech styles. Peter Lang.

Call for Book Proposals (Language as Social Action series)

(by Howie Giles, IALSP Member, November 2021)

I have an established book series with Peter Lang (PL) Publishers called “Language as Social Action” (see, the next one of which (#24) is due out next month on online dating.  The newly appointed Peter Lang Editor, Niall Kennedy, has gotten in touch, and we have discussed future prospects.  Hence, I am connecting with IALSP members, such as yourself, to see if you might have a book up your sleeve ready to write ideally (or edit) for us?  

If you are interested in pursuing such a venture in the near future, do connect with me at:

In Memoriam: Chuck Tardy

(by Michael Hecht, IALSP Member, October 2021)

I learned recently that our friend and colleague, Chuck Tardy, passed away. I recall fondly our ICLASP discussions, with his quick smile, subtle intellect, and interest in so much of the world around him. Chuck will be missed. Below is the Obit his family asked to be shared.


Obituary for Charles H. Tardy

September 20, 1953, to September 24, 2021

Charles Holman Tardy, 68, passed away from Multiple Systems Atrophy, an atypical form of Parkinson’s, on September 24. He was predeceased by his parents, Tom Jr. and Lela Tardy; his stepmother, Bertha Tardy, and by his nephew, Chip Dardaman. He is survived by his wife, Christina Tardy; daughter Katherine (Darren) Webster; son Charles Alexander Tardy; and two grandchildren, Sienna and Wraith Webster. He is also survived by his sister, Annette (Chris) Dardaman; his brother, Thomas (Rebecca) Tardy III; stepsister, Roxanne (Frank) Ballard; brother-in-law, Russell (Linda) Jones; and exchange student Dmitry (Kseniya) Starodubets. He also leaves behind four nephews and one niece. 

Chuck grew up in Winona, Mississippi, and was a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he was a member of the debate team. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Speech Communication. After graduation from Iowa, he became a member of the Speech Communication Department at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he spent his 37 years of academic life, starting as an assistant professor, and ending as professor emeritus of Communication Studies. He also served as department chair for his last 13 years of academia and as vice-president and president of the Southern States Communication Association. He was also very proud of his department’s rec soccer team, the Aristotelians. 

Chuck was an avid fan of Arsenal Football, Saints football, and USM teams. He also loved all types of music, ranging from rock to jazz to world to classical. He volunteered as a youth soccer coach, which began his love of soccer, and led him to play three times a week before he was stopped by MSA. He loved traveling to other countries and within the United States. He served on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church and participated in the yearly crawfish boil and the men’s group.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 509 West Pine, Hattiesburg on October 9, at 2:30 pm, with interment in Trinity’s columbarium. Visitation will also be at Trinity, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Please wear a mask indoors at Trinity. 

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Charles H. Tardy Communication Studies Graduate Scholarship Endowment at the University of Southern Mississippi. Checks can be made out to the USM Foundation and mailed to 118 College Drive #5210, Hattiesburg, MS 39406. Please note that the gift is made in memory of Charles H. Tardy in the memo line of your check. Memorials can also be made online at: 

The impact of the pandemic on understanding accented English 

(by Ann Rogerson, IALSP Regional Representative, September 2021)

Prior to the COVID-19, social interactions and circumstances such travel and education exposed many of us to a variety of voices and accents not normally used to in our home environment. Higher education institutions are just one place where individuals have opportunities to interact with students and teachers from different countries and regions. Communications experiences in classes and lectures can use social connections to learn, interpret and understand different uses of tones, phrasing, expression and vocabulary. A quick chat with a fellow student in class, or friends after class can assist us in understanding things that may initially sound incomprehensible due to an accented form of English that over time becomes more familiar. However, with the shift to remote and online learning due to COVID-19 many of these opportunities to clarify accented terminology and content have been missing in synchronous or asynchronous classes. Captioning can provide direct translation of speech (sometimes with errors) yet lack the personal and immediate interpretation that is possible when we are in the same room on campus. This can lead to misunderstanding and frustration and contribute to an increase in issues associated with understanding accented English in teaching contexts.

In my role as an Associate Dean of Education, I am brought into conversations when individuals have difficulty in understanding an accented version of English – students not fully understanding teachers and teachers not fully understanding students. My doctoral thesis discussed this issue in workplace contexts using communication accommodation theory (CAT) as the lens. It was apparent that accented English can often be as difficult to understand as another language, dependent upon the accents that you have been exposed to or are familiar with. It is difficult to determine whether the perceived increase in issues understanding accented English are due to the loss of social interactions and face-to-face conversation in person and on campus. It could also be influenced by our selections on streaming platforms such as Netflix where accent exposure is governed by what we view. The long-term effects of remote learning necessitated by the global pandemic will not be clear for many years to come but does present some new intergroup situations to explore with communication accommodation theory.

Intergroup communication during a pandemic: Reflections on Australia 

(by Liz Jones, IALSP President, August 2021)

When thinking about the topic of my blog post, part of me was screaming “NO!!!!!! Don’t talk about covid, anything but covid” but another part said “This is a topic you’ve been thinking about a lot for the past 18 months”.  I’m also aware that while many people have been unable to travel during the pandemic, I have experienced the pandemic while living in 2 quite different countries, Australia and Malaysia.  And as an intergroup communication scholar I have been fascinated how the intergroup dynamics have played out in these 2 countries.  But today I will focus only on Australia, because here I can speak as an insider, a participant observer, about a country where I have lived for many years and where I am a dual Australian-NZ citizen.  

Much of my intergroup communication research has been informed by communication accommodation theory (CAT).  This has been a useful lens to understand what has happened in Australia over the last 18 months, as CAT considers the role of the sociohistorical context and the initial orientation of individuals in shaping their behaviour and perceptions and attributions within interactions, and their evaluations of interactions.

Australia, unsurprisingly, began with the intergroup issue consistent with the history of intergroup relations in our country- there were quickly reports of people calling COVID the Chinese virus, and stories of stigmatisation of or discrimination against Asian people from many different countries, not just China (many Australians have never been good at differentiating between people from the many different Asian countries who live in Australia).  Consistent with other countries, there was also some stigmatisation of health professionals.  

But 18 months later what has become the key intergroup conflict is between states.  Australia has 6 states and 2 territories.  In pre-covid times the intergroup relations between these states and territories were normally harmonious.  There were the normal Australian-style derogatory names for people from other states- people in NSW might call those in the southern state of Victoria ‘Mexicans’, and those to the north in Queensland ‘bogans’*, and the Queenslanders in return called those from NSW ‘cockroaches’.  But, apart from the intense rivalry of the annual rugby league State of Origin games between NSW and Queensland, relations were general harmonious, with more intergroup rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney than between states.  

However, each state, of course, has its own government, and laws and states are responsible for much of the delivery of health services in Australia. Thus, states have had a key role in managing the response to the pandemic, during a period of high uncertainty and threat, which we know heightens intergroup relations.  And what has unfolded over the ensuing 18 months has been a state-based response to the pandemic, including for the 1st time frequent border closures or restrictions on people moving between states, creating a very particular sociohistorical context.  

What has that meant for intergroup relations? Clear evidence of people’s identification with their state increasing, with the word “we” referring to a state not a country, and more frequent derogation of people from other states (particularly between the leaders of the different states). There has been talk of ‘a wall’ and ‘a ring of steel’ (although most famous is the Prime Minister stating vaccination is ‘not a race”).  The success of this strategy? Polls have shown very strong support for state governments (until the recent widespread outbreak of covid in NSW) and state elections have seen the governments returned with wider margins, particularly for the state that had the strongest rhetoric and border closures.  And it has been a wonderful time for comedians and cartoonists- for those looking for some Australian covid humour see Jimmy Rees’ “Meanwhile in Australia” series on Facebook, or The Shovel or Betoota Advocate.  Many friends state this is how they now get their news.

Of course, derogation of particular ethnic groups has not disappeared and instead continues to also be a key intergroup context. Thus, people’s ethnicity is blamed for the spread of covid-19 in particular geographic areas, rather than an acknowledgement of structural factors such as the types of employment (insecure and essential services, requiring people to go out to work), the overcrowded housing in large apartment blocks associated with lower incomes, and the lack of public health information and processes that is adapted for those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Most recently, a funeral attended by 150 (reported to be 500) mostly indigenous people in western NSW was labelled “illegal” and the attendees “selfish” and likened to an illegal gathering of 50 people in the affluent east of Sydney during a lockdown, despite the funeral adhering to all covid restrictions.

Thus, while the pandemic has been a time of much stress, uncertainty, and exhaustion for us all, it has also provided an opportunity to see how our theories of intergroup communication provide a lens for understanding the complex and quickly changing intergroup dynamics that occur in the context of a global pandemic.


* Bogan (/ ˈboʊɡən / BOHG-ən) is Australian and New Zealand slang for a person whose speech, clothing, attitude and behaviour are considered unrefined or unsophisticated. Depending on the context, the term can be pejorative or self-deprecating.

Savoring in a Pandemic

(by Maggie Pitts, IALSP Immediate Past President, July 2021)

When I began exploring the language and communication features of savoring in 2014, I was hoping to make a contribution to the positive communication movement. It struck me that people recognize, value, and endeavor to cultivate meaningful moments of connectivity through everyday types of talk. And then, they delight in those moments. As a positive psychology construct, savoring refers to one’s capacity “to attend to, appreciate, and enhance the positive experiences in their lives” (Bryant & Veroff, 2007, p. 2). But, as a language and communication construct, I felt that savoring offered something even deeper than attending to positive experiences. Indeed, my international and interdisciplinary involvement with IALSP has shown me that across languages and cultures people savor differently and savor a greater breadth of human experiences than just the joyful, often hedonic, pleasures. Humans can, and do, savor deep and meaningful moments that encompass emotions and experiences greater than pleasure. We savor the bittersweet. We savor grief. We do so to keep meaningful moments and people close to our hearts – all of them. This has never been more evident than now, as we continue to live with uncertainties, trauma, and profound human loss due to COVID. While we are striving to make sense of loss and grief, there are many who have also experienced a newfound gratitude and appreciation for the small moments that matter greatly. Living within the pandemic reminds us that we can, and should, look for joyful moments to savor, but also embrace and deepen our experience with the more difficult, but also meaningful moments that mark our lives. For, when we savor, we are wholly present in a moment, bearing full witness to our human experiences. Savoring also connects us to humanity to the extent that we have and experience these moments together and also talk about them and reminisce. We need that connection now. 

Bryant, F. B., & Veroff, J. (2007). Savoring: A new model of positive experience. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Jiao, J., Kim, S., & Pitts, M. J. (online first, 2021). Promoting subjective well-being through communication savoring. Communication Quarterly.

Pitts, M. J. (2019). The language and social psychology of savoring: Advancing the communication savoring model. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 38, 237-259.

Pitts, M. J., Kim, S., Meyerhoffer, H., & Jiao, J. (2019). Savoring as positive communication (Chapter 11). In J. A. M. Velázquez & C. Pulido (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of positive communication: Contributions of an emerging community of research on communication for happiness and social change (pp. 98-107). New York, NY: Routledge. 

Natural Language Processing of Bias

(by Katie Collins, IALSP North America Regional Representative, June 2021)

People often unintentionally choose words that reveal their implicit beliefs. These subtle and systematic asymmetries in language use, or linguistic biases, reveal our expectancies for the behaviour of different groups. The same behaviour, for example, will be described in inadvertently different ways depending on who performs it – thus our ideas about age, ethnicity, or any other aspect of a person that can form the basis of a stereotype, are reflected in the language we use to describe behaviour. Linguistic bias is widespread and found in contexts ranging from simple conversations to courtrooms, suggesting that it may be responsible for how stereotypes become shared. 

Given this, linguistic bias is directly applicable to current socio-cultural issues. We are now in a time where social media reporting, comment section debates, and accusations of "fake news" are commonplace. This means there is a wealth of freely available data from online sources (e.g. social media, forums, comment sections), which could be used to examine the use of linguistic bias in real world online communication. At the same time, people are concerned about the credibility and trustworthiness of their media; they are looking for ways to quantify bias (e.g. - a purpose that aligns with the intent of the linguistic bias paradigm. Linguistic bias research is thus uniquely positioned to have a potentially large and meaningful impact but is failing to do so.

Unfortunately, research in this area is currently stifled by the time-consuming and resource-intensive process required to detect linguistic bias. To manually code for linguistic bias, it is necessary to first train independent coders to identify word types from the LCM (i.e. training manual by Coenen et al., 2006). Once trained, coders will do a detailed, word-by-word, reading of the text, which is a tedious and lengthy process. Once complete, any differences must be resolved through discussion or review by a third independent rater. Thus, this is not a reactive approach; bias detection cannot usually take place until well after the current event is no longer news. The reliance on manual coding means that the length and number of texts that can be coded is limited by resources and time, so researchers typically analyze a small number of texts that are relatively short in length. Further, texts are analyzed for a single bias instead of a more complex combination of biases as likely occurs in reality. This is not to say that all research in this area is limited in this way, only that to do otherwise requires a considerable investment of resources. 

This is why I am working with Dr. Ryan Boyd, an expert in natural language processing, to develop an automated approach to lingistic bias coding. We have already developed a few versions of an automated method and are currently comparing them with the manual codes of the same texts. We ultimately plan to package our automated approach in open source, easy-to-use software and distribute it online. I believe a freely available automated method would fundamentally change the nature of research in this area by dramatically decreasing the burden with which it is conducted. By doing so, it would also improve the quality and realism of the texts analyzed - researchers could analyze language as it occurs naturally within large corpuses (news articles, books, interview transcripts) with significantly fewer resources than it takes to manually code a single paragraph. 

I'm really excited about this project! I believe that natural language processing and the use of so-called 'big data' are imminent methodological innovations that are full of promise. I'm also grateful to the International Association of Language and Social Psychology, as this collaboration arose out of my involvement at ICLASP 2018 in Edmonton - it all started as an informal chat between sessions and ended up as an international collaboration funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

International Collaboration on Communication and Health

(by Rachyl Pines, IALSP Secretary, May 2021)

In a summer workshop at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2019, cohosted by the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) and the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP), I had the opportunity to brainstorm with researchers from around the globe about the role of communication in health. One thing that stood out to all of us were the differences across countries of how people pursue receiving healthcare and what may be important to them in their care. From this workshop, a team of colleagues and I launched a multinational, multilingual, mixed-methods survey study investigating the role of culture in shaping patient values for their care, and how they desire for their provider to enact those values. This team includes Nicola Sheeran, PhD (Australia), Liz Jones, PhD (IALSP President, Malaysia), Blair Jin, PhD (Macau), Aron Pamoso, BSc (Philippines), and Maria Benedetti, RN (USA). This collaboration has been very successful as each member of the research team adds valuable expertise about the healthcare system in their country. 

We have had over 2,200 survey responses from participants in five different countries: USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Nepal. Qualitative findings indicate key differences by country in what patients value in their care. Australian participants valued control in their care very highly, and also wanted their provider to have engaged interactions and recognize and meet their emotional needs. American participants valued control in their care and being well-informed of all of their options. They also wanted their doctor to share power in decision making, and have active and engaged interactions. Participants in the Philippines also highly valued control in their care. However, they very commonly reported wanting the doctor to direct the interaction, and having active and engaged interactions. This suggests that although these participants want the doctor to direct them, they want to have the final opportunity to consent to the treatment. Lastly, participants in Hong Kong highly valued being well-informed about the efficacy of treatment recommendations. 

The desired behaviors uncovered in the qualitative data can all be recommendations for providers as they interact with patients such as being honest about the diagnosis and their level of expertise, and recognizing and meeting emotional needs of patients to name a few. Ultimately these results help researchers and practitioners to expand notions of patient centered care beyond Westernized notions of patient centeredness. Results of this study may help inform the creation of cultural competency programs for providers, or assist with creating a measure of shared decision-making or patient centeredness that can be used as a tool for providers as they establish new relationships with patients. Individually, as the research team members each learns from these results, we are making improvements to our own daily work in patient education and patient care.

Announcing Karolina Hansen as the new Editor-in-Chief of Psychology of Language and Communication

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Karolina Hansen, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Editorial Board

Marta Białecka-Pikul, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland

Megan Birney, University of Chester at University Centre Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Agnieszka Dębska, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Ewa Haman, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Kayla Jordan, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, United States

Agnieszka Kałdonek-Crnjakocić, University of Warsaw, Poland

Piotr Kałowski, University of Warsaw, Poland

Nigel Mantou Lou, University of Victoria, Canada

Agnieszka Piskorska, University of Warsaw, Poland

Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi, University of Warsaw, Poland

Marta Szreder, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates

Małgorzata Szupica-Pyrzanowska, University of Warsaw, Poland

Public lecture by Howard Giles: "Don't talk yourself into an early grave!"

Former IALSP President Howie Giles will present a (virtual) public lecture hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on April 30, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 AM HKT (which, we note, corresponds to later in the day on April 29 for the United States). The talk is entitled: "Don’t talk yourself into an early grave! Intergroup and personal challenges of ageing successfully", and is part of the university's Distinguished Lectures in Humanities.

For more information, and to register to receive the Zoom link for the talk, please see:

Call for Papers - Special Issue of Journal of Baltic Studies

The Journal of Baltic Studies (see has an open call for papers for an upcoming Special Issue entitled, “(Beyond) National Identity in the Baltic Countries: Varieties, Correlates, and Takeaways”

For additional details, please see the full CFP. [PDF]

Deadline for initial abstract submission is June 1, 2021.