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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.


To obtain a PDF of this article, please email the lead author, Janin Roessel:

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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.

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The EASP Meeting on Intergroup Communication—also known as the 2nd International Symposium on Intergroup Communication—will take place in Bologna, Italy, June 26-28, 2019.

The Meeting will accept contributions on classic and emerging themes of Intergroup Communication around four pillars:

– IC Processes: such as defining ingroup-outgroup boundaries, norms and roles of intergroup behaviours, accommodation, impression formation.

– IC Functions: such as emphasizing status differentials, maintaining power, expressing hate, hostility, or aggression, or negotiating intergroup common goals.

– IC Contexts: such as extremism and terrorism, reconciliation, inter-religion dialogue, gender identity, migration, new political social movements, online communities, fair language.

– IC Means and Tools: verbal, such as linguistic biases, public discourse, metaphors, humour and jokes, and non-verbal, such as mimicry, dressing styles, facial appearance, dance, music, imagined interactions.


The deadline for abstract submissions is January 31st, 2019.

For more information and submission instructions, see attached PDF and/or visit the conference website.

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

Kam, J., Gasiorek, J., Pines, R., & Steuber Fazio, K. (2018). Latina/o adolescents’ family undocumented-status disclosures directed at school counselors: A latent transition analysis. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65(3), 267-279. doi: 10.1037/cou0000259



For adolescents from undocumented families, school counselors may serve as a resource to draw upon for support should the adolescents decide to disclose their family status. In this study, we identified psychological factors that were associated with adolescents’ decisions to disclose (or not) their own or a family member’s undocumented status to a counselor and examined corresponding mental health implications. Utilizing latent transition analyses with a sample of 410 Latina/o immigrant high school students, four profiles emerged in Wave 1: (1) indifferent nondisclosers, (2) concerned revealers, (3) anxious revealers, and (4) secure revealers. By Wave 2, we identified the same profiles, except anxious revealers were no longer present, and anxious nondisclosers emerged as a new profile. At Wave 3, we only identified three profiles: (1) indifferent nondisclosers (2), concerned revealers, and (3) anxious revealers. As Latina/o immigrant students experienced greater fear of deportation in the middle and end of the year, they were more likely to be concerned revealers (i.e., reporting moderate perceived risk of disclosing, low communication efficacy, and moderate levels of disclosure) compared with most profiles. Anxious revealers reported higher levels of depressive symptoms than several other profiles in the beginning of the year, and concerned revealers reported higher levels of depressive symptoms than several other profiles in the middle and end of the year. This study emphasizes the importance of considering the diverse experiences of family undocumented adolescents, and it sheds light on the extent to which family undocumented adolescents confide in a counselor.


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Originally published in 1985, Giles and St. Clair’s important edited volume on the social psychology of language has recently been republished by Routledge. The edited volume is as relevant today as it was more than three decades ago. Congratulations to the editors and all the contributors!

Giles, H., & St. Clair, R.N. (Eds.). (2019).  Advances in language, communication and social psychology. London, UK:  Routledge.

For more information about the volume—which is available in hardback and as an eBook—please visit the publisher’s website.