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Established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) is seeking international students to apply as new full-time PhD students in UGC-funded universities. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance (including a high GPA and high honors classification if applicable), research ability (as evidenced by conference and journal publications), strong English communication skills, and leadership abilities. Please see for more information. 

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend HK$309,600 (approximately US$39,700) and a conference and research-related travel allowance HK$12,900 (approximately US$1,700) to each awardee for a period of up to three years. More than 200 PhD Fellowships are awarded each academic year. If you are interested in this program, please write to the academic you would like to supervise you well in advance of the deadline (which is usually at the end of November) and explain how your research fits in and extends with their research area. This will allow you to get feedback and submit a strong, well-written research proposal. 

Staff in The Department of English at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have expertise in the following research areas: 1) Language & Professional Communication (including health communication); 2) Language Teaching & Learning; 3) Linguistics, English Language and Systemic Functional Linguistics; 4) Media & Communication; 5) Area Studies and Intercultural Communication. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact relevant members in the Department to discuss their research proposal ( ).

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for May 2020 is:

Honeycutt, J., & Harwood, J. (2019). Using music therapy and imagined interaction to cope with stress. In J. Honeycutt (Ed.), Promoting mental health through imagery and imagined interactions (pp. 73-92). New York, NY: Peter Lang.


Music affects moods and emotion and can help people in dealing with stress. Music therapy has been shown to reduce pain and cope with depression. In fact, the ISO (Incremental Sound Organizer) principle of music therapy reveals how people’s emotions can change while listening to a medley of music. Research is reviewed in which people have imagined interactions while listening to music as memories are recalled. Music is used to maintain relationships as couples often have their own song. Music fulfills the catharsis function of imagined interactions as people release anxiety or tension. Music serves numerous functions, which can be subsumed into 1) achieving self-awareness, 2) expressing social relatedness, and 3) regulating, arousal and mood. Respectively, these functions are similar to the II features of valence, self-understanding, and relational maintenance. Music could have emerged as a form of coalition signaling by using music in groups, we signal to others that our group is organized, resource-rich, synchronized, and “in tune” (both literally and metaphorically) with one another.

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Dear IALSP Members and Friends, 

The Journal of Language & Social Psychology (JLSP) is intent on publishing a Special Issue on language and sociopsychological matters relating to the Covid-19 virus that should appear in late 2021. 

Any scholar (or scholars) with editing experience that would like to head up this venture as a Guest Editor, please indicate interest to JLSP Editor, Howie Giles at

Howie Giles and IALSP Exec

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for March/April 2020 is:

Bernhold, Q., & Giles, H. (2019). Communication accommodation theory as a lens to examine painful self-disclosures in grandparent-grandchild relationships. In T. Avtgis, A. Rancer, E. MacGeorge, & C. Liberman (eds), Casing communication theory (pp. 31-48). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for February 2020 is:

Park, K., & Dubinsky, S. (2019). The syntax and semantics of negative questions and answers in Korean and English. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 4, 19, 1-9. Washington DC: LSA. doi:10.3765/plsa.v4i1.4518


Differences in Korean and English negative polarity questions (NPQs) are revealed by the interpretation of simple yesno answers to them. Yesno answers to NPQs have seemingly unpredictable interpretations (Claus et al. 2017, Holmberg 2013, Kim 2017, Krifka 2017, Kramer & Rawlins 2009, Ladd 1981, Sudo 2013). However, one clearly observable fact is that yesno answers to English and Korean NPQs can have opposite interpretations. This study: (i) compares the interpretation of positive and negative polarity questions (PPQs and NPQs) in English and Korean; (ii) examines the structure of negation in each language and its interaction with NPQs, and (iii) reports on an online experiment which gathered native speaker interpretations of NPQs in each language under context-free conditions.