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The (randomly) selected focus publication for November 2019 is:

Holtgraves, T., & Kraus, B. (2018). Processing scalar implicatures in conversational contexts: An ERP study. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 46, 93-108.


Scalar expressions are words that have both a semantic meaning (e.g., the semantic meaning of “some” is “more than one”) and a pragmatic meaning (e.g., the pragmatic meaning of “some” is “some but not all”). The majority of experimental research on scalar terms has focused on the quantity expression “some” and its use in nonconversational contexts. In contrast, in this research we examined five different scalar expressions that were embedded in a conversational context with varying degrees of face-threat. Participants read scenarios followed by a target utterance containing a scalar expression in the first half of the utterance (e.g., some), with a second half continuation of the utterance containing either the pragmatic meaning (e.g., not all) or the se- mantic meaning (e.g., all). ERPs in response to the scalar term and subsequent meaning were examined. Neural responses to the scalar term did not vary as a function of face-threat. However, the semantic meaning resulted in a larger P300 than did the pragmatic meaning, a difference that was greater when the situation was face-threatening than when it was not face-threatening. This pattern did not vary over the five different scalar expressions and suggests that in conversational contexts, it is the pragmatic meaning that is expected.


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Dear IALSP members, please see announcement below about a new, tenure-track faculty position at UC Santa Barbara.



JOB # COMM21A (JPF01652)



The Department of Communication invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of communication and diversity. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2020. At a minimum, qualified applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in communication or a related field, except dissertation or equivalent, by the time of application. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field by the appointment start date. Preference will be given to candidates who have a strong social science background with a record of publishing innovative, empirical research, utilizing quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods.

We seek applicants who conduct theoretically-driven, social scientific communication research centrally informed by cultural and/or racial experiences that are often ignored in current disciplinary knowledge. Applicants’ scholarly profiles should be centered in a commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. The successful candidate will complement one or more of the Department’s core areas in interpersonal/intergroup, media and technology, and organizational communication, as well as any of our cross-cutting emphases in health, family, or global approaches to communication. Scholars whose research investigates communication phenomena as they engage with the needs and concerns of an increasingly diverse and multicultural society are encouraged to apply.

Candidates are expected to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and be active in professional and campus service. UCSB is ranked in the top 10 public universities in the United States, and the Department of Communication is ranked 5th in worldwide comparisons. It places great value on interdisciplinary research collaboration across campus, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.

UCSB is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The University offers several programs to support incoming faculty, including housing assistance (, various grant support mechanisms, and numerous family friendly policies and resources that can be found here: This institution also offers benefits to same-sex and to different sex domestic partners.

Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter highlighting qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness, (4) three samples of published or completed research, and (5) and arrange for 3 references to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf via the appropriate sections of the job search website. In addition, we strongly encourage applicants to submit an optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity. This statement, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of research, teaching, professional, and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity. This can include, for example, effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; a research program with a demonstrated focus on issues associated with equitable access and diversity; and/or contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

All application materials should be submitted to the appropriate sections of the job search website:

Questions about this search should be directed to the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Walid Afifi  ( and Dr. Jennifer Kam ( or (805) 893-4479. This position will remain open until filled. For primary consideration, all application materials must be received by November 24, 2019.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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The following conference may be of interest to IALSP members:

18th International and Interdisciplinary Conference
Communication, Medicine and Ethics
1–3 July 2020

Hosted by the Danish Institute of Humanities and Medicine (DIHM) and
Department of Communication & Psychology
Aalborg University, Denmark

The conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, involving various healthcare specialities and the human and social sciences. A special emphasis will be on the dissemination of ongoing research in language/discourse/communication studies in relation to healthcare education, patient participation and professional ethics.

COMET 2020 Conference Flyer [PDF]

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Saint Mary’s College of California (located in Moraga, about ten miles southeast of Berkeley and Oakland) has announced an open full-time tenure-track faculty position. The position is in the area of Relational Communication with an emphasis in Quantitative Methods that might be of interest to IALSP members. The position description and link to apply can be found here:

The Department of Communication has one of the largest majors in the School of Liberal Arts, and we are looking to build on our current strengths in media studies and intercultural communication by expanding our offerings in relational communication. The department is in the midst of a strategic planning process that we believe will strengthen the pathways through the major and recruit additional students. We also anticipate the creation of at least one 4+1 pathway in the next two to five years that will give faculty the opportunity to teach graduate classes. The Department of Communication is also proud to host the endowed Disney Forum Speaker Series, which brings top-tier scholars and professionals in the field of Communication to our campus each year.  Further, we have our own endowed research fund for department faculty that supplements the College’s own conference travel and research funds. We are very proud of these emphases and resource in our program and look forward to meeting excellent new candidates to join our faculty.

Please address questions to Dr. Makiko Imamura ( or Dr. Aaron Sachowitz (, department chair.

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for October 2019 is:

Cavallaro, F., Seilhamer, M. F., Ho, Y. Y., & Ng, B. C. (2018). Attitudes to Mandarin Chinese varieties in Singapore. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 28(2), 195-225.


This study aims to shed light on the attitudes of Chinese Singaporeans and Chinese nationals residing in Singapore to varieties of Mandarin Chinese. 64 Singaporean Chinese and Chinese national participants took matched and verbal-guise tests, evaluating recorded speakers of two varieties of Singapore Mandarin (standard and colloquial) and the variety spoken in the PRC on status and solidarity traits. These evaluations were followed by optional questionnaire items intended to probe for additional more insights into the participants’ atti- tudes and perceptions of one another. Both Singaporean Chinese and Chinese national participants assigned higher status to the PRC’s variety of Mandarin. Attitudes toward the two varieties of Singapore Mandarin, however, varied, with Singaporeans rating the standard variety higher than the colloquial variety on all traits and Chinese nationals favouring the colloquial variety. Interestingly, for all three varieties of Mandarin, solidarity traits were rated higher than status traits by all participants, suggesting that, in Singapore, Mandarin Chinese is now viewed more as a language of solidarity than status.