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The 13th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP)

Co-hosted with MERCATOR, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, Fryslân, The Netherlands

20-23rd June, 2012 

General Information

Submissions of Papers and Symposia

The Venue & Accommodation

Fee structure 

Travel & Hotel information

Final Conference Programme


Complete ICLASP13 
Abstracts Book

Detailed ICLASP 13
Conference Programme

 A digital copy will be handed out
during the conference.

printed copy will be handed out
during the conference.

General Information

If you would like to make an reservation, based on the special room rate for the visitors of the ICLASP Conference,  in the conference hotel, WestCord WTC Hotel please send an email or call (0031)-(0)58-2334900, referring to the ICLASP Conference. 

The International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP) aims to ensure the continuity and development of biennial international conferences (ICLASPs) that serve important functions of: exchange of ideas; establishing and extending contacts; facilitating collaborative research projects; and sharing experiences among colleagues from a variety of disciplines and professions from around the world. The diversity of perspectives focusing on the intersection of language and social behavior and experience has been one of the most exciting and rewarding features of the earlier conferences (in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, USA, & UK).

The next conference, ICLASP 13, will be held between 20-23rd June, 2012, in the charming city of Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, the capital of bilingual Fryslân in The Netherlands. The conference will be organised in conjunction with Mercator, the European Research Center on Multilingualism and Language Learning, which is part of the Fryske Akademy. Local host Cor van der Meer, and President of IALSP, Itesh Sachdev, are working collaboratively to program a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and intercultural conference. 

This conference will bring together scholars from different disciplines who explore language and communication in their social contexts using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The focus is mainly on aspects such as identities, perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, values, motivations, norms, behaviour, policies and so on in their individual and intergroup contexts. Topics covered in previous conferences include language and health communication; language learning; bilingualism & multilingualism; language and discrimination, interpersonal, intercultural, interethnic and intergroup communication; nonverbal communication; miscommunication and communication failure; discourse analysis; language and ageing; language and mass media; language and humour; language and gender; language and authority; language and tourism; language and technology; language and security; endangered, regional and minority languages; language planning; and so on (see http://www.ialsp.org/). Papers and symposia are invited for submission on these and related topics see submission details.

Keynote Speakers and other highlights

A diverse selection of distinguished keynote speakers include Adam Jaworski (UK), Crispin Thurlow (USA), Claire Kramsch (USA), Tom Holtgraves (USA), Durk Gorter (Basque Country, Spain), Jasone Cenoz (Basque Country, Spain), Donald Taylor (Canada), Anne Pauwels (UK) and the IALSP President-Elect, Bernadette Watson (Australia). John Edwards (Canada) will be presented with the IALSP Robert C Gardner Award at the conference (other awards such as the best Journal of Language and Social Psychology article and the International Association of Language and Social Psychology Fellow will also be presented).  The Gudykunst Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Jan Pieter van Oudenhoven and Karen van Oudenhoven-van der Zee.
There are a  number of special panels already programmed (see www.ialsp.org), such as "Language and Tourism" (the current IALSP Task Force) by Jaworski & Thurlow, "Multilingualism" by MERCATOR, and a thematic one by the Asian Association of Social Psychology.   We would be delighted to have others (see below and www.ialsp.org or www.mercator-research.eu for details of how to submit).