International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP)

IALSP hosts a biannual conference that brings together 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. The research presented 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.


ICLASP 17 – Hong Kong

Hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

**Message from Liz Jones, IALSP President**

Dear IALSP members:

I am writing on behalf of the IALSP Executive and the Hong Kong PolyU ICLASP 17 Organising Committee to advise that, with much regret, we are not going ahead with ICLASP17 in December. The biannual conference is the key time our members gather to share our research, to network and to build our community. However, COVID-19 and the accompanying disruptions to travel, academic jobs, and university budgets, as well as the ongoing uncertainty about how long travel restrictions will be in place, have meant that we could not proceed with the plans for a conference in December. Truly an unforeseen event. We considered many alternate formats for the conference, however for a small organisation, with limited resources, we could not find a format that would both meet the goals for such a conference and be feasible.

Instead, we have made the decision to postpone ICLASP17 to June 2022. We are very thankful that Hong Kong PolyU have advised that they would still like to host the conference in 2022 and, indeed, many of the preparations already made for the conference will still be useful at that time. We appreciate the work they have already undertaken in planning for ICLASP17. We are also thankful for Tallinn University in Estonia offering to host ICLASP18 in 2024.

Meantime, we are also looking at:

 (a) an opportunity later in the year to announce and acknowledge award winners of the Bradac Early Career Prize, Gardner Award for Outstanding Research in Bilingualism, and the JLSP Best Paper Award;

(b) other ways to share with you more of the scholarship of our members;

(c) options to have an increased IALSP presence at other conferences in 2021, including Asian Association of Social Psychology conference in South Korea, the Sociolinguistics Symposium in Hong Kong and the 3rd Intergroup Communication Symposium in Greece.

We will contact you with more information in the coming months.

Election of Executive
We will then be holding an online AGM on Wednesday July 8 from 12-1pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. At this meeting we will declare the outcome of the voting, officially approve our financial statements, and discuss any other items that members wish to raise. Please email ialsp.exec@gmail.com with any agenda items.

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Past Conference Venues

  • 1979, 1984, 1987 University of Bristol, England
  • 1991 University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA
  • 1994 University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • 1997 University of Ottawa, Canada
  • 2000 University of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  • 2002 City University of Hong Kong
  • 2004 Penn State University, USA
  • 2006 University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2008 University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
  • 2010 Griffith University, South Bank Campus, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2012 Mercator, Fryske Academy, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
  • 2014 University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, USA
  • 2016 University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2018 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

SCHOLARLY WORKS RESULTING FROM ICLASP