LINGUIST List 16.3426

Thu Dec 01 2005

FYI: Call for New Research Networks (AILA); SpecGram

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <>


        1.    Jean-Marc Dewaele, Call for New Research Networks (AILA)
        2.    Trey Jones, New Issue of Classic SpecGram Online

Message 1: Call for New Research Networks (AILA)
Date: 29-Nov-2005
From: Jean-Marc Dewaele <>
Subject: Call for New Research Networks (AILA)

AILA is the acronym for Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée or
International Association of Applied Linguistics (for more information see
AILA is the international federation of national or regional associations of
Applied Linguistics.
AILA is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) enjoying Status B (mutual
information and consultation) with UNESCO.

During our last World congress in Madison in July 2005, we decided to replace
the former Scientific Commissions by a more flexible system of Research
Networks. We are looking for researchers interested in organizing these new
Research Networks (ReN) focused on special topic areas of Applied Linguistics.
If you would like to work internationally on your area of research together with
other scholars from all over the world, you might consider applying to be a ReN
organizer. A first deadline for applications is January 1st, 2006.

What is a ReN?

1. ReNs seek to promote the gathering and dissemination of information and the
undertaking of research in all academic areas of AILA with a particular focus on
areas that have the potential for new cross-disciplinary research.

2. ReN's exist for three years and can be renewed. At any point in time, there
will be about 15 ReN's in existence. Generally, the life of a ReN is not
expected to be longer than six years. Renewals beyond the six years would be
determined by the criteria listed below.

3. For the formation of a ReN, the following criteria should be met:
a)at least five members, some of whom should be new scholars,
b)multinational composition,
c)participants are active in the research area of the ReN,
d)have a program for research activities for the three years between Congresses
and a commitment to present at the upcoming AILA Congress,
e) nominate from among their members one individual as the organizer of the
respective ReN who liases with the ReN Coordinator.

4. If a current SC of AILA has been demonstrably active, it may continue
its research as an ReN by meeting the criteria listed in the section below.

How to set up a ReN:

5. Procedure
For new applications, the ReN organizer must submit a proposal to the ReN
Coordinator at least two months prior to the World Congress. The proposal
should consist of
i) a statement concerning the scope of the ReN,
ii) a list of the participants of the ReN and their affiliation,
iii)a plan for ReN activities for the upcoming three years, and
iv)a commitment to fill their ReN slot at the AILA Congress three years hence.

6. Each ReN organizer is responsible for a brief written report to the ReN
Coordinator on an annual basis.

7.When possible, AILA will, upon written request, consider limited financial
support for ReN activities.

How to continue as a ReN:

For continuation as a ReN see
It will be the task of the ReN coordinator to notify the ReN organizers of the
specific submission date for proposals to continue and the criteria for

ReN organizers will be notified of the decision no later than two months after
the proposal submission deadline.

Please contact the ReN Coordinator on the AILA Executive Board, Dr. Jean-Marc
Dewaele, at if you:

1) are an SC and would like to continue as a ReN
2) would like to set up a new ReN

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Message 2: New Issue of Classic SpecGram Online
Date: 30-Nov-2005
From: Trey Jones <>
Subject: New Issue of Classic SpecGram Online

Greetings Linguists!

A newly digitized issue of a classic journal from the linguists who bring you
Speculative Grammarian--the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the
neglected field of satirical linguistics--is now available online for your
browsing pleasure.

'Langue du Monde', Vol XVI, Num 1 of The Journal of the Linguistic Society of
South-Central New Caledonia, includes a conversation with a secret government
linguist and some wonderful linguistic poetry--be sure to check out ''Val Harmony''!

Coming in January 2006: an all-new issue of Speculative Grammarian.


-Trey Jones
Managing Editor, Speculative Grammarian

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics