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Registration is now open for the pre-conference workshops of the 16th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP16).  The 3 workshops will take place on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 8:30am – 5pm).  Further details are available on the ICLASP16 website.

Workshop 1. Clear, Concise, and Graceful Scientific Writing with Dr. Robert Kail (Purdue University)

This workshop will consist of several lessons designed to help participants learn to write clearly, concisely, and gracefully. The workshop will be highly interactive: each lesson is organized around a single theme (e.g., how to convey emphasis) in which heuristics are presented and participants practice those heuristics in an anonymous chat room.

Workshop 2. Webs of Relationships: An Introduction to Social Network Theory, Research and Analysis with Dr. Marina Doucerain (Université du Québec à Montréal)

This workshop will provide an introduction to researchers interested in studying social networks, with a particular emphasis on egocentric networks (analyzing an individual’s personal network in contrast to a complete bounded network such as a class or a corporation). The first objective is to offer a primer on social network theory and terminology. The second objective is to provide an overview of the research methods involved in collecting social network data. The third objective is to help participants develop basic skills in social network data analysis in R. Lab exercise will allow participants to apply the information learned and practice the procedures presented during the workshop.

Workshop 3. Foundations and Practice in Computerized Language Analysis Techniques with Dr. Ryan Boyd (University of Texas at Austin)

The workshop will provide foundational, hands-on training in modern computerized text analysis techniques. Core concepts of automated language analysis will be covered, including data acquisition, preparation, and “rules of thumb” for applying these methods to your own work. Topics include data acquisition, cleaning and organization; top-down analyses (“the dictionary approach”); bottom-up analyses (i.e., topic modeling/meaning extraction); visualizing results; and more advanced analyses, if time allows. This workshop will include several hands-on practice sessions with (mostly) free, open-source software. Ultimately, the goal of this workshop is for you to be able to start using these techniques immediately, allowing you to get the most from your workshop experience.

Register now for this superb professional training opportunity!

Please visit the IALSP website to learn more about our organization. Also visit the ICLASP16 website for information about the 16th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology taking place in Edmonton, AB, from June 20 to 23, 2018. 

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(from Maggie Pitts, IALSP President)

The International Association of Language and Social Psychology in conjunction with the International Conference on Language and Social Psychology ICLASP16 is pleased to offer our first ever post-conference writing retreat!

IALSP members, ICLASP attendees, and guests are invited to join us in beautiful Canmore, Alberta, Canada June 24-25th, 2018, for a writing experience in outskirts of one of Canada’s national treasures, the Banff National Park. The writing retreat is an opportunity to expand and deepen the fellowship and scholarship inspired by the ICLASP16.

With guided facilitators and plenty of time for private writing, participants will consider how to move writing projects forward, develop individualized writing practices that foster good writing habits, and importantly create a writing plan for knowledge and science translation. Shared meals and opportunities for walking and dining tours and yoga complete this experience.

For more information, see: or email Maggie Pitts current IALSP President at

You can also download an informational flyer here [PDF].

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

Carrie, E., & McKenzie, R. M. (2018) American or British? L2 speakers’ recognition and evaluations of accent features of EnglishJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39(4), 313-328.


Recent language attitude research has attended to the processes involved in identifying and evaluating spoken language varieties. This article investigates the ability of second-language learners of English in Spain (N = 71) to identify Received Pronunciation (RP) and General American (GenAm) speech and their perceptions of linguistic variation between these speech varieties. Data were gathered using a verbal-guise experiment in which respondents identified speakers’ places of origin and stated the reasons for their categorisations. Quantitative data analysis demonstrated high recognition rates for RP speakers, more often correctly identified than GenAm speakers. Qualitative data analysis showed that respondents’ knowledge of phonological variation informed the identification process and they often stated which linguistic features formed part of their mental representations of RP and GenAm. Additional resources informed accent recognition, including perceived linguistic quality, intelligibility, familiarity, and cultural associations. Patterns of misidentification revealed that, when GenAm was inaccurately identified as RP, it was ascribed high status. The findings provide an insight into the strategies, conceptual frameworks, and linguistic features which inform the accent identification process as performed by English-language learners in Spain. The results also highlight the usefulness of variety recognition items in interpreting attitudinal evaluations, especially with regard to patterns of misidentification.


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Frontiers in Psychology will be publishing a Special Issue on “Why People Gossip and What it Brings About: Motives for, and Consequences of, Informal Evaluative Information Exchange.”

The call for papers is available at

The deadline for abstract submissions is August 24, 2018, and full paper submissions will be due on Nov 23, 2018. Submissions can be uploaded via

Guest Editors:
Myriam Bechtoldt ( ), EBS University of Business and Law; Bianca Beersma ( ), VU University Amsterdam; Maria Dijkstra, ( ), VU University Amsterdam

The guest editors of this special issue can answer any questions and can be contacted directly at the email addresses above.