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

Keblusek, L., & Giles, H. (2018). Dress style code and fashion. In H. Giles & J. Harwood (Eds.), The Oxford encyclopedia of intergroup communication (Vol. 1, pp 352-368). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Forms of dress, ranging from runway fashions and sports jerseys to traditional cultural apparel and religious garb, are central to contemporary social life and are intimately connected to issues of personal and social identity, communicating to others who we are or who we would like to be. Given this, dress style is a subject worthy of serious scholarlyinquiry, particularly within the field of intergroup communication. Dress style—as well as other bodily accoutrements—has received some attention in disciplines across the socialsciences, but has received less attention among those studying intergroup relations and communication. Prominent intergroup communication theories, such as social identity, uncertainty identity, and communication accommodation theories, teach us that clothing choices can reflect actual or desired group affiliations, demarcating group boundaries, shaping and reinforcing social identities, and influencing our perceptions of others. Dress style can also stem from a desire to reduce identity uncertainty, serving as a conduit for personal expression and self-discovery. Overall, intergroup dynamics play a prominent role in shaping dress style and body adornment practices across the globe.


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Dear IALSP Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy checking out our annual newsletter and learning more about what IALSP has been up to this year, and what 2019 will bring!

Please find the newsletter here.

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for December 2018 is:

Roessel, J., Schoel, C., & Stahlberg, D. (2018). What’s in an accent? General spontaneous biases against nonnative accents – An investigation with conceptual and auditory IATs. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 535–550. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2339



Nonnative accents are prevalent in our globalized world and constitute highly salient cues in social perception. Whereas previous literature has commonly assumed that they cue specific social group stereotypes, we propose that nonnative accents generally trigger spontaneous negatively biased associations (due to a general nonnative accent category and perceptual influences). Accordingly, Study 1 demonstrates negative biases with conceptual IATs, targeting the general concepts of accent versus native speech, on the dimensions affect, trust, and competence, but not on sociability. Study 2 attests to negative, largely enhanced biases on all dimensions with auditory IATs comprising matched native-nonnative speaker pairs for four accent types. Biases emerged irrespective of the accent types that differed in attractiveness, recognizability of origin, and origin-linked national associations. Study 3 replicates general IAT biases with an affect IAT and a conventional evaluative IAT. These findings corroborate our hypotheses and assist in understanding general negativity toward nonnative accents.


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The following books are available for review at the Journal of Language and Social Psychology.  If you are interested in reviewing one of them, please contact Jake Harwood, JLSP book review editor:

  1. Indicate which book you are interested in reviewing,
  2. Provide information on your interest and qualifications for reviewing that book, and
  3. Include a mailing address.

Please don’t request a book unless you can make a firm commitment to write the review. Reviews are typically around 1500 words, with a maximum length of 2000 words, and need to be completed within 3 months.  The journal will supply a copy of the book.  Books available:

  • Peter Siemund – Speech acts and clause types: English in a cross-linguistic context. Oxford.
  • Minyao Huang and Kasia Jaszcozolt – Expressing the self: Cultural diversity and cognitive universals. Oxford.
  • Pia Resnik – Multilinguals’ verbalisation and perception of emotions. Multilingual matters.
  • Juan Eduardo Bonnin – Discourse and mental health: Voice, inequality and resistance in medical settings. Routledge.
  • Erina MacGeorge and Lyn Van Swol – The Oxford handbook of advice. Oxford.
  • Kenneth Rehg and Lyle Campbell – The Oxford handbook of endangered languages. Oxford.