The International Association of Language and Social Psychology was inaugurated at the sixth annual international conference in Ottawa 1997. This emerged following the collaboration and interest of colleagues at several previous international meetings and enjoyed continued success and increased membership at the seventh annual conference held at Cardiff University in Wales, 2000. Since then, we have held the International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP) in Hong Kong (ICLASP8, 2002), at Penn State University (ICLASP9, 2004), in Bonn, Germany (ICLASP10, 2006), Tucson, Arizona (ICLASP11, 2008), Brisbane, Australia (ICLASP12, 2010), and most recently Fryslân, The Netherlands (ICLASP13, 2012). The next conference wil be held in Hawaii in 2014, and we look forward to seeing you there.

We welcome you to join us with your membership. Also please feel free at this time to meet our Executive Officers.

The primary purpose of the Association is to ensure the continuity and development of the biennial international conferences and the variety of functions these have served: the exchange of ideas; the making of contacts; the facilitation of collaborative research projects; the publication of articles and books; and especially, the sharing of experience among colleagues from a variety of disciplines and professions from around the world. The diversity of perspectives focusing on the intersection of language and social behavior and experience has been one of the exciting and rewarding features of the earlier conferences. At each conference, the membership and executive develop a Task Force to investigate a pressing issue and present their findings at the next conference. The most recent Task Force theme was Language and Tourism and was very well received at ICLASP13. The 2012-2014 Task Force theme is currently being negotiated. We very much hope this will continue to be a distinctive feature in the future, too.

How the Association develops will depend on the will and wishes of its members. Our aims include the addition of specialist workshops, small group meetings, and other academic activities referred to in our constitution. We look forward to contributions from our members to our new news blog and our website.


14th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP14)

Hosted by the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

Venue: Honolulu, Hawai`i
Date: June 19th – 22nd, 2014

This conference brings together communication scholars who investigate language in many social contexts, using quantitative or qualitative methods. Research in this field is multi-disciplinary, with particularly strong contributions from communication studies and communicology, social psychology, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics. It focuses on the perceptions, motivations, norms and contextual factors that influence interactants in the communication process, as well as on language and communication behavior and its consequences. For more detail about language and social psychology (LASP), visit the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP) website: www.ialsp.org.

Full details can be found here.

Conference Program

The preliminary program for the conference is available for viewing: ICLASP14-ConferenceProgram-Full

Conference Registration

Conference registration is now open. Registrations can be made using the paypal button below. If you are not currently an IALSP member but wish to join you are encouraged to register here first before registering for the conference to receive the reduced member-only rate.

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