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The Journal of Language and Social Psychology, which had an encouraging leap in its Impact Factor last year, is delighted to announce that it is going 6 Issues per annum starting 2014.  This means that we can entertain more proposals for guest edited Special Issues.  Please send proposals to the Editor at:

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Would be great to see some applicants from the Language and Social Psych community for this position!

University of Arizona Department of Communication

The Department of Communication, University of Arizona, invites applications for an assistant professor position in mass communication to start in Fall 2014.  The unit seeks individuals who are able to work with diverse students and colleagues and who have experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives.  The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in Communication or related discipline, and employ a social scientific approach to research that focuses on mass communication. Evidence of a strong research program, and a record of teaching excellence are desired. Candidates with a record or potential for obtaining external research funding are preferred. We seek an outstanding candidate who specializes in any area of mass communication; this may include mediated communication processes and effects; audience formation and behavior; children and media; health-related media content; the role of media in political systems; or the effects of new technology. Candidates should be enthusiastic about advising graduate students. 

The department is committed to empirical, social-scientific research on communication processes, either basic or applied, making original and substantively important contributions and is regularly ranked among the top communication research programs in the country. More information about the communication department is For more information about the University of Arizona and the city of Tucson, visit
We will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2013, and will continue review until the position is filled.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA Employer-M/W/D/V.

Online application is required: apply online at:
Job #: 53704

Necessary materials:  CV, letter of interest, evidence of teaching effectiveness and three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation and any other materials that cannot be submitted online should be mailed direct to:
    Ms. Tina Mendoza
    University of Arizona
    Department of Communication
    PO Box 210025
    1103 E. University Blvd.
    Tucson, AZ  85721

For additional information about the position or search, please contact search committee chair Dr. Jennifer Stevens Aubrey at  

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The 14th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP)

to be hosted by the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

Venue: Honolulu, Hawai`i

Date: June 19th – 22nd, 2014 

Aerial view of O`ahu

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:

Conference Highlights

The conference will highlight the work and ideas of several distinguished keynote speakers, including Professor Hans J Ladegaard (Hong Kong Baptist University), Professor Dan Landis (University of Hawai`i at Hilo), and Professor Min-Sun Kim (University of Hawai`i at Mānoa). The conference will provide:

  • Innovative scholarly exchange opportunities;
  • Shared meals, receptions, and the opportunity to experience the beautiful tropical beaches and hinterland of the island of O`ahu, along with the uniquely varied cultures, languages, and peoples of Hawai`i;
  • As always, everything you have come to expect from an ICLASP conference!

The Venue

ICLASP 14 will convene in Honolulu on the southern shore of O`ahu, which means, appropriately, the Gathering Place. Honolulu is the economic and population center of Hawai`i. From our conference headquarters at the Ala Moana Hotel you can walk to beaches, parks, shopping, or the world famous Waikiki Beach.  Pirouette 360 degrees and you will see blue ocean, green mountains, and cityscape with 21st century architecture. Driving excursions can take you back in time to the events of Pearl Harbor or to the world class surfers’ destination of the North Shore. There are endless hikes through rain forests or up mountain ridges to the most breathtaking sights of mountain and ocean you can imagine. If you choose to extend your time in the islands beyond ICLASP, find time to visit one or more of the other Hawaiian Islands. Each is unique with their own attractions, their own beauty. ICLASP 14 will be held in June when the Trade Winds keep the Islands cool and daily temperature averages 27°. Dress for Paradise!

Waikiki Beach

Call for Symposia and Papers

To receive full consideration, submissions must be received before February 28th, 2014. Submissions received after that date may be accepted on a space available basis.

  • Proposals should be submitted via
  • All proposals received by February 28th will be reviewed, and corresponding authors will be notified of the status of their submissions by the end of March, 2014. Submissions received after February 28th will be reviewed on an ongoing basis if space is available.
  • All submissions must include complete contact information for all authors, along with an indication of the corresponding author.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Submissions will be accepted in two forms: Symposia or individual abstracts (see below for details).

Symposia submissions should be a single pdf file containing:

  • The name and complete contact information for the person responsible (corresponding author);
  • A 250 word (maximum) introduction to the theme and content of the symposium;
  • An indication of the symposium’s length (assuming 4 papers per 1.5 hour session), and the roles of all participants (chair, discussant, presenting author, co-author);
  • A list of the individual presentations in order, including the title and abstract for each oral presentation (120 words maximum), presenting author, and the name, affiliation, and email address of each presenter. A typical symposium will include at least 4 presenters.
  • Upload as a ‘paper’ in the easychair system via the link above.

Individual paper submissions should be a single file containing:

  • The names and complete contact information for all authors;
  • A clear indication of which author(s) will present the paper;
  • The title of the paper;
  • Either an extended abstract of the paper (180-250 words in length), or an abstract (120 words maximum) and the full paper;
  • An indication of authors’ preference for an oral presentation or an interactive (poster) presentation.
  • Upload as an ‘abstract’ in the easychair system via the link above. Please also select ‘abstract only’ in the upload paper box.

 ICLASP 14 Call for Papers

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Dr Tamar Murachver, a member of the IALSP executive committee and Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, died earlier this year, aged 54. A native of Orange County, California, Tamar completed her undergraduate degree at CSU Fullerton in 1983 with a perfect GPA and two published chapters in psycholinguistics with Art Graesser. After completing her PhD in developmental psychology with Jean Mandler at UC San Diego, Tamar immigrated to New Zealand in 1990 to take up a post as Lecturer in the psychology department at the University of Otago. Tamar continued working in developmental psychology, but it was at Otago in the early 90s that she was inspired by the language work of her colleague, Sik Hung Ng. After Ng left Otago, Tamar began teaching in the social psychology of language, and by the late 90s was supervising PhD students on topics related to Communication Accommodation Theory. One research study from these PhDs was presented at ICLASP in Cardiff in 2000, starting her association with IALSP. At the following ICLASP, hosted in Hong Kong by Sik Hung Ng, three of her current or former students presented. However, it was not until 2004 that Tamar herself was able to attend ICLASP.


As a researcher, Tamar gained an international reputation in the 1990s and this century for her work on the developmental, social, and cognitive aspects of intergroup language.  Her research interests included the development of communication skills, the use of language in forming and maintaining social groups – a core area of intergroup communication – and the impact of language on cognition.  She is especially known for her clever experimental research on gender and language, and whether it is gender per se or a facilitative communication style that evokes impressions of femininity.  We owe Tamar for showing the great influence of style, and the dynamic effect of language in face-to-face and virtual communication.  Much of this work was done with her PhD students, and she and they published in leading journals, including many papers in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology.  Her research skill and critical mind will leave a lasting legacy.

Tamar was an enthusiastic and supportive supervisor. She developed a professional and personal relationship with her students. Meetings were not just a forum to discuss research, but an opportunity to share stories and life experiences, and for students to hear stories about her family, and to receive enough encouragement or resources to foster independent research. Students left these meetings with more understanding of their research topic, and oftentimes, of many other things. Tamar encouraged, by demonstration and discussion, the growth of ethical thought and behaviour in her students. She encouraged her students to discuss ethical aspects of an experimental design critically and comprehensively, reminding them that an empirically perfect experimental design is worthless if it is ethically unsound.


Tamar supervised 12 PhDs and 29 Masters to completion, and over 80 honours research projects. Her research interests were many, and often student-led. She engaged readily with students’ ideas as well as her own, leading her into computer-mediated communication, communication in people with a history of partner violence, risk-taking, development of theory of mind and representational thought, parenting styles, moral development, and identity. On more than one occasion, her students struggled to find the coherent narrative linking all the research being conducted in her lab. One theme underpinning many projects was her very strong belief in social justice, which she would often link back to previous projects. For example, having previously investigated gender roles, and attitudes towards different accents, and later, having been introduced to implicit measures by one student who wanted to assess implicit gender roles, Tamar then had an honours student explore the development of implicit ethnic stereotyping the following year.

Tamar also played a strong and memorable role in undergraduate teaching. Tamar’s role in first year psychology taught at the University of Otago was to introduce students to areas of intelligence, thought, and language. The foci of her lectures were based on her areas of interests in language development and acquisition, gender differences in language, and the relationship between language and cognition. Once again, Tamar’s personal and professional experiences illuminated her lectures. Her discussions of the development of language and cognition were informed just as much by her parenting experiences as her parenting experiences were informed by her research.


However, the lecture hall was not the first place a student would meet Tamar. During Orientation week when students require advice and authorisation for Course Approval, Tamar would be one of the smiling faces at the Psychology Table, ready with her red pen and some practical advice for first and second year students. Her dedication to ensuring that first year psychology students received a firm foundation in Psychology extended beyond her lectures. She served as the Laboratory Co-ordinator for the two introductory psychology papers from 1992 until she became ill in 2012. Tamar was enthusiastically engaged in the development and structuring of the laboratory teaching content. The first year Psychology labs taught today were very much informed by Tamar’s understanding and knowledge of her areas of interest (thought, language, and cognition), as well as a broader scope of Psychology, ranging from brain and behaviour to group processes. As with her graduate students, she was a supportive co-ordinator for the demonstrators, imparting class and life lessons through anecdotes and examples she provided during meetings.

Despite an often heavy workload, Tamar always engaged with other activities and was devoted to her family. She was active in the university and broader community, including serving on a Kindergarten Committee and the University’s Human Ethics Committee, being an active member of the university staff union, and playing keyboard in the Psychology Department band Raw Shark. She continued to manage her youngest son’s soccer team, even as she was fighting cancer. Tamar is survived by her four children Jessica, Natasha, Neil and David, and her husband Brent.

We thank James Green, Sabrina Goh and Charmaine Strickland, who are Tamar’s former students, for writing this tribute.

The IALSP Executive will be putting in place an Award in Tamar’s memory. Details will be finalised soon.