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The (randomly) selected focus publication for April/May 2017 is:

Gasiorek, J., & Dragojevic, M. (2017). The effects of accumulated underaccommodation on perceptions of underaccommodative communication and speakers. Human Communication Research, 43(2), 276-294. doi: 10.1111/hcre.12105



This study examined the effects of repeated instances of underaccommodation (i.e., insufficiently adjusted communication) on people’s perceptions and evaluations of communication and speakers. Participants (N = 179) completed a series of three map-based tasks that required them to follow directions that contained insufficient information. Consistent with hypotheses, as nonaccommodation accumulated across tasks, participants inferred less positive motives for the speaker’s communication, and inferences about motive for each task contributed directly and indirectly to overall evaluations of both the speaker and their communication. These results indicate that accumulated nonaccommodation is consequential, and underscore the theoretical importance of motive attributions to predicting reactions to nonaccommodation.

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Guest post by Dr. Howard Giles, University of California, Santa Barbara

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of our dear colleague and friend, Anthony Mulac, after courageously battling severe illnesses for the past two years or more. Tony came to UCSB with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1968 and was one of the architects of our Communication (then Program) that split off from Speech and Hearing in 1984. His legacy to interpersonal communication research is enormous, studying as he did the role of gender in shaping communicative practices.

Early work in this genre pointed to the existence of a distinct “women’s language” that was deemed to be more hesitant, indirect, emotional, and uncertain than men’s, whose manner of communicating was claimed to be more dominant, direct, and controlling. Such differences were then interpreted as reflective of the relative status and power of men over women vis-a-vis sex-role theory, and any differences between the genders were reckoned to pale in comparison to their similarities. Tony and his associates stepped in, provocatively given conventional wisdom, by examining combinations of language features instead of isolated language markers (as had been the case in prior research), and discovered what he termed the “gender-linked language effect” (GLLE). His work was significant because it added empirical data to claims that argued, often with little or no data, gender influences language. Programmatically, he showed, in dozens of evaluative studies of spoken and written language transcripts, that girls and women used language subtly differently than boys and men. Moreover, girls and women were consistently rated higher in Socio-Intellectual Status and Aesthetic Quality, whereas boys and men, in contrast, were rated higher in Dynamism. The GLLE was evident in coding public speeches, problem-solving interactions, and essays from ages 12 to 70, with specific gender-preferred language features associated with it; females, for example, used more emotional words and hedges, while males adopted more quantity words and “I” references. The GLLE was perhaps one of the most consistently and thoroughly demonstrated effects in language and gender research.

As a mentor, Tony encouraged his graduate and undergraduate students to engage in research and ask meaningful questions. He collaborated with countless undergraduates, working with them as coders for his GLLE research, many of whom worked with Tony as their first experience with empirical research. He challenged the assumptions of gender stereotypes in his teaching and research. Not surprisingly, Tony also promoted diversity and acceptance in his scholarship, classes, and departmental searches. He was also devoted to teaching. Tony was instrumental in the creation of our introductory statistics course, and he loved to explain to undergraduates how to interpret research findings. He was also responsible for the Teaching Assistant training program in the department – and inspired numerous cohorts of graduate students to become excellent instructors.

Retiring in 2005, he still remained active in research, presenting his work at the 2010 NCA in San Francisco, and publishing significant papers in 2012 & 2013 wherein he introduced (and tested) a general process theoretical model of the cognitive schemas that were proposed to be responsible for the GLLE. Tony’s scholarship, charm, and collegiality will be sorely missed by the Department and his collaborators elsewhere. The campus flag was at half-mast April 5 in honor of Tony’s achievements and contributions to UCSB. At a well-attended Memorial service of family, colleagues, and friends on April 8, his excelling in so many diverse activities – in singing for the Chicago Symphony chorus, as church organist who made such instruments, to winning debating and regatta awards – were highlighted as extraordinary complements to his being a pioneering scholar. UCSB Communication conveys our deepest and sincerest condolences to: his former wife Torborg, daughter Sabrina, sister Pam and husband George, his step-daughter Lynne Sutherland and her children Ava and Wyatt, and to his wife Jo Anne Larkin (to whom he was devoted and cherished) and her brother Robert, for their great loss.

Howie Giles, UC Santa Barbara

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IALSP members Tammy Gregersen and Peter D. MacIntyre have published a new book, “Optimizing Language Learners’ Nonverbal Behavior”. In addition to a traditional print version, this book will also be available as an interactive ebook, which includes activities and videos.

Peter MacIntyre has been a longstanding member of the organization and isa former winner of the Robert C. Gardner Award for Outstanding Research in Bilingualism. Tammy Gregersen is a more recent new member, and attended the 2016 conference in Bangkok.

More information about the new book can be found on the publisher’s website, as well as in this flyer [PDF] (which also includes a discount for IALSP members interested in purchasing the book)

Congratulations to Tammy and Peter on their new publication!

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for March 2017 is:

Páez, D., Bobowik, M., & Liu, J.H. (2016). Social representations of the past and competences in history education. In M. Carretero, S. Berger, & M. Grever (Eds). Palgrave Handbook of Research in Historical Culture and Education. Palgrave McMillan.

[PDF available here]