Volume 24, Number 2
Table of Contents
From the President
I hope this finds you vacationing, or experiencing a refreshing change of routine in the summer, or if neither, at least enjoying the weather! Below I will bring you up-to-date on the activities, foci, and developments in AAAL, from the 2012 conference and into 2013.
The 2012 AAAL Conference
As you undoubtedly know, the annual conference is the primary event of our organization. Held March 24-27, 2012, in Boston, MA, our most recent AAAL conference drew, we are happy to report, 1,127 attendees. I would like to thank the conference organizing committee, the local chairs, the strand coordinators and reviewers, the volunteers, and Nardone Consulting Group (NCG) for their substantial help in making the conference a success. Furthermore, I want to give a special thanks to Suresh Canagarajah, the 2011-12 AAAL President and to NCG for taking over my responsibilities right before and during the conference. Shortly before the conference, I was told that I needed major surgery, the outcome of which was that I was unable to continue my conference organization duties just before the conference, or attend the conference and fulfill my responsibilities there. (It was the first AAAL conference that I’ve ever missed!) I have great appreciation for Suresh and NCG’s coming to my rescue so quickly and generously.
We are proud to report that many international attendees continue to come to our conference; they came from 36 different countries outside the US. From the submissions we received (a total of 1,223, up from last year), we were able to offer 487 individual paper presentations, 33 colloquia, and 44 posters. In addition, the conference highlighted five invited colloquia (a sixth was not able to present) and four plenary speakers. (An unanticipated event made it impossible for the fifth plenary speaker, Dan Slobin, to come and speak.) There were, in addition, five special colloquia, comprising the International Language Testing Association–AAAL Joint Session (resuming at the conference after several years), the TESOL–AAAL Joint Session (which will continue to be annual, celebrating the major link between the two fields and organizations), the De Gruyter Colloquium on Theorizing English in the world (given with financial support by De Gruyter Publishing Company), the Wilga Rivers Foreign Language Pedagogy Colloquium (the first of what will become an annual colloquium to honor Wilga Rivers), and the Advocacy Committee Colloquium (Practicing applied linguistics: Toward a new vision of language policy).
The acceptance rate for papers and colloquia (though not for posters) was slightly lower than that for the preceding conference. For 2012, paper acceptance was 50 percent (compared to 60 percent in 2011), colloquia acceptance was 73 percent (compared to 78 percent in 2011), and poster acceptance was 50 percent in 2012 (compared to 43 percent in 2011). It is important to clarify the main reason why the lower acceptance rates occurred. We are happy to see the increased interest in the conference, witnessed by the increase in submissions compared to last year (and past years). The hotels at which we have booked our conference this year and previous years, however, do not have steadily increasing conference room capacity. This has meant that with a larger total to begin with, the rate of acceptance has consequently become lower. I am not suggesting that we need to increase the size of our conference, as surveys taken of members over the years exhibit a preference by our membership for not growing the conference. However, in light of the recent pattern of increasing numbers of submissions, it may be a question for our organization to revisit.
As we did in previous years, we asked attendees to respond to an online, post-conference survey, and 412 attendees responded. While we don’t at this time have a comprehensive analysis of the results, there are nevertheless some patterns that I can report. First of all, the demographics of attendees has not changed from previous conferences. The majority of attendees are faculty, are attendees who have been to one to five prior AAAL conferences, and who are, overwhelmingly, AAAL members. This year (compared to last), there was a slight increase of five percent of those who reported that their institutions funded their travel and/or other conference expenses.
Eighty-five percent of the survey respondents rated the 2012 conference “good” or “excellent.” Several of the highly-rated aspects of the conference were the registration and onsite help, and the abstract submission and review process. On the other hand, areas that were rated lower included the program book (an ongoing challenge, with dissatisfaction concerning the navigation of it as well as the [small] size of the font) and the plenaries. The theme I chose for the 2012 conference was Interdisciplinarity; this theme led me to choose plenary speakers from other disciplines— but disciplines which connect with Applied Linguistics. Some of the survey respondents felt that plenary speakers at the AAAL conference should, instead, come from our field. (This may also be one of the reasons that attendance at the plenaries this past conference appeared to be lower than in the past.)
When asked to indicate whether they attended the receptions, almost a third—32 percent— responded that they had not. I do not know how this compares with prior years’ attendance, but I find this a surprisingly high number for events that I would hope are enjoyable social experiences with free and appetizing food. Another, much higher proportion of non-attendance concerned the AAAL business meeting. Among the respondents, 86 percent answered that they had not attended the meeting. Held at every conference during the Monday lunchtime (and with free lunch), the business meeting is the primary means by which attendees can learn about and participate in decisions of their organization. For example, at the most recent business meeting, the importance of leadership diversity was discussed among the participants, and the decision was made to have the Resolutions Committee draft a resolution to ensure leadership diversity. A well-attended meeting is also necessary for the AAAL leadership, as it needs to have input and participation from the members it serves. The continuing challenge we have faced concerning low attendance at the business meetings is one we need to understand better, as the efforts we have made to date to increase participation (e.g., announcing it, emphasizing it in the program book, providing free lunch) do not seem sufficient.
The size of our membership has fluctuated a bit in the last year, but it’s been generally quite stable. Current membership is 1,444.
AAAL Executive Committee Elected Members: Our current president is Jane Zuengler; the past president is Suresh Canagarajah; the first vice president is Joan Kelly Hall; the second vice president is Aneta Pavlenko. Our secretary/treasurer is Linda Harklau. The three members-at-large are (from least recent to most recent): Tim McNamara, Ryuko Kubota, and Laura Collins. Sandra McKay, the newly-elected member-at-large, unfortunately had to withdraw due to an academic position she just took up at a university in Japan, with the consequence that she would not be able to come to all of the Executive Committee meetings. We are fortunate that Laura has agreed to step into the position in her place.
AAAL Budget Committee: Members are Jane Zuengler (president), Suresh Canagarajah (past president), Joan Kelly Hall (first vice president), Aneta Pavlenko (second vice president), and Linda Harklau (secretary/treasurer).
Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award Committee: The chair of the committee is Bill Grabe; members are Tracey Derwing , Carmen Muñoz, Elaine Tarone (ex officio: previous award recipient), and Suresh Canagarajah (ex officio: AAAL Past President).
Graduate Student Award Committee: The chair of the committee is Heather Willis Allen; members are Monika Ekiert, Matthew Poehner, Andrea Tyler, Steven Talmy, and Doris Warriner.
Nominations Committee: (Four committee members are elected; the Chair is selected from the preceding year’s Nominations Committee.)
This year’s Chair is Dwight Atkinson. The four elected members are Douglas Biber, Nick Ellis, Steven Talmy, and Steven Talmy.
Resolutions Committee: Membership of this committee will be announced shortly. There will be some continuity between last year’s and this year’s committee membership due to the fact that 2011-12 committee members have already begun to work on a resolution to ensure AAAL leadership diversity, as requested by the members attending the 2012 conference business meeting. This request originated with a concern expressed within the meeting that the election ballot for 2012-13 did not have diversity of gender.
Ad Hoc Committee on Advocacy: This committee was established in 2010-11, was renewed in 2011-12, and has been renewed again for this year. Karyn Mallett will continue as the chair. Members of the renewed committee for 2012-13 will be announced shortly.
Ad Hoc Committee on Succession Planning: The need for this committee became clear when I (the 2012 conference organizer) experienced a health emergency shortly before the conference. The ad hoc committee was established for 2012-13 during the Executive Committee meeting held at the 2012 conference. The mandate given was to examine the AAAL standing rules and by-laws regarding Executive Committee officer emergency succession, and secondly, to come up with alternatives. These are to be presented at the fall Executive Committee meeting. Members are Suresh Canagarajah (President, 2011-12, Past President, 2012-13), Heidi Byrnes (Past President, 2011-12), Linda Harklau (secretary/treasurer), and NCG.
Other Important Items
AAAL Newsletter: The newsletter editor is appointed by the president and serves a term of five years. The primary responsibility of the editor is to prepare two newsletters a year, one in summer and one in winter. We have been fortunate to have Charlene Polio serve as our newsletter editor these past five years. We thank her for her expert work in serving as our newsletter editor. This issue is her last. We are happy to announce that her successor as newsletter editor is Junko Mori.
Annual Review of Applied Linguistics: AAAL and Cambridge University Press have a contractual agreement through which ARAL is an official journal of AAAL. Because the current contract will end next year, we have thought it best to gather information on AAAL members’ use of ARAL to help us decide what value members place on receiving this publication, and what format would be most useful. That is why we recently sent members a request to respond to an online survey asking about their use of ARAL and whether they support having a subscription through their membership in AAAL. The Executive Committee will discuss the outcomes of the survey at the fall meeting.
Applied Linguistics: The Executive Committee is currently reviewing the new contract that Oxford University Press (OUP) has offered us, through which the journal Applied Linguistics is a sponsored journal of the associations AAAL, BAAL (the British association), and AILA (the international association). We are examining details of the contract prior to a decision to sign it. Relatedly, as a major part of the AAAL – OUP agreement, our organization continues its role of nominating candidates to OUP to serve, for a five-year term, as AAAL Co-Editor of Applied Linguistics. (The other co-editor is nominated by BAAL.) Since the current AAAL co-editor’s (Jane Zuengler) term ends in May-June 2013, AAAL has been seeking nominees for the next co-editor. This person’s term would begin in December 2012, as a six-month apprenticeship period before taking over as co-editor. A call for nominations went out to the AAAL membership in early 2012. The Executive Committee has not yet completed the process of determining nominees for the position.
AAAL–TESOL relationship: Because of the significant overlap of interests shared by many members of our two organizations, AAAL and TESOL decided several years ago to schedule our conferences back-to-back, holding the two conferences in the same location if at all possible. (The idea of back-to-back conferences had been implemented for some years in the past as well.) This plan will start taking place with the 2013 AAAL conference in Dallas, held just before the TESOL conference in the same city. We have also planned back-to-back, same-location conferences in 2014 and 2015, and are currently working on the same for 2016. Meanwhile, we are happy to continue holding joint TESOL at AAAL and AAAL at TESOL sessions at the two conferences, and look forward to developing more means of collaboration between our conferences in future.
I am certain that there are a number of things I have forgotten to include here, but hope this report has given you a good sense of what we’ve been up to and will continue to be addressing as the year goes on.
—Jane Zuengler, University of Wisconsin, Madison
From the 2013 Conference Chair
Plans for AAAL 2013, to take place at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, are well underway. Many of you will have noted some changes to the conference program organization. First, we have switched to a new proposal submission system. It is the same one used by organizations such as American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language and the National Communication Association, and we are very excited by its potential. It is now much easier now to submit proposals, have them reviewed, contact submitters, and schedule presentations.
In addition, in response to the ever-evolving interests of our membership, we revised the list of strands. We removed three strands that had received fewer than one percent of the total number of submissions over the last few conferences, and in their place, added two new strands: corpus linguistics and educational linguistics. In addition, we separated out the topic of pragmatics from the language, culture, socialization and pragmatics strand and made it its own strand. We hope that this new configuration of strands better captures the current research concerns of AAAL members.
In addition to revising the list of strands, we added a new presentation format. We wanted to provide more opportunities for informal, more in-depth discussions between presenters and attendees on a specific topic, and so, have added roundtable sessions. Roundtable sessions will be held in a large room, with seven to eight tables set up, each seating about ten to twelve participants. In addition to being well suited for works-in-progress, roundtable sessions will afford excellent networking opportunities and, thus, are especially fitting for scholars looking to connect with others doing similar kinds of research.
Abstract reviewing is the key element in the building of a strong, intellectually rich conference program. Sixteen highly respected scholars have agreed to take on the role of strand coordinators. Their expertise plays a significant role in the identification of reviewers and management of the review process. The most important contributions to building a top-rated conference program are your submissions. We encourage you to share your diverse research interests with your colleagues in whatever format is most appropriate – poster, roundtable session, individual paper or colloquium. As a reminder, the deadline for proposal submissions is August 17, and is fast approaching. Please visit aaal.org to submit yours.
Adding to the high quality program, we have planned several special sessions. Highlighting the program are six plenary sessions, led by internationally renowned scholars. Lena Boroditsky, assistant professor of psychology at Stanford University, explores how knowledge arises from the synergistic interactions of mind, world and language and how languages and cultures shape thinking. The title of her talk is How the languages we speak shape the ways we think. William Hanks is a professor of linguistics in the department of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the organization and dynamics of routine language use, Shamanism, and colonial history of Yucatan. The title of his talk is To make themselves new men: Translation and conversion in colonial Yucatan. Agnes Weiyun He is a professor of applied linguistics and Asian studies at Stony Brook University. She is committed to the study of how language forms are motivated by contextual and co-textual contingencies, how everyday human interaction (re)constructs culture, and how language functions as a resource for being, for doing, and for growth and change. Her talk is entitled Language of the heart and heritage: A tangled tale. Monica Heller is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the department of anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the role of language ideologies and practices in the construction of social difference and social inequality and on language and identity in the globalized new economy. The title of her talk is Re-imagining language in the globalized new economy: System, resource, practice. Brian MacWhinney is a professor of psychology, computational linguistics, and modern languages at Carnegie Mellon University. He is well known for his model of first and second language acquisition and processing called the competition model. His is currently developing methods for second language learning based on mobile devices and web-based tutors and games. His talk is entitled Embedded L2 cyberlearning: A modest proposal. Srikant Sarangi is a professor in language and communication at Cardiff University. In addition to the topic of discourse analysis and applied linguistics, his research focuses on language and identity in public life and institutional and professional discourse. His talk is entitled Towards an applied linguistics of professional practice: Expertise with a purpose.
In addition to the plenaries, we have five invited colloquia. The Wilga Rivers Pedagogy Colloquium, organized by James Lantolf (Penn State University) and Matthew Poehner (Penn State University), is entitled Dynamic assessment: Mediating language development of all learners and features presentations by Deirdre Martin (University of Birmingham), Elizabeth D. Peña (University of Texas Austin), Matthew Poehner, Kristin Davin (Loyola University Chicago) Rémi A. van Compernolle (Carnegie Mellon University), and Chris Davison and Michael Michell (University of New South Wales).
Jan H. Hulstijn (University of Amsterdam) and Richard F. Young (National Institute of Education, Singapore) have organized a colloquium entitled Bridging the gap: Cognitive and social approaches in applied linguistics in which presenters will address a set of questions on 1) philosophy and theory construction (Robert DeKeyser, University of Maryland and James Lantolf , Penn State University), 2) data and research methods (Alison Mackey, Georgetown University and Lancaster University, and Steven Talmy, University of British Columbia), and 3) unsolved problems and unasked questions (Nick C. Ellis, University of Michigan and Martha Bigelow, University of Minnesota). In addition to Hulstein and Young, Lourdes Ortega (Georgetown University) will act as discussant.
Alexandre Duchêne (University of Fribourg/Institute of Multilingualism) and Aneta Pavlenko (Temple University) have organized a colloquium entitled The dark side of linguistic diversity? which seeks to problematize ways in which the notion of linguistic diversity has been taken up in various social and academic spaces and to consider the consequences of the wide-spread and often uncritical usage of this notion. Presenters include Alastair Pennycook (University of Technology Sydney), Jennifer Leeman (US Census Bureau), Glenn Martinez (The University of Texas Pan American) and Luisa Martín Rojo (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid).
Andrea DeCapua (College of New Rochelle) and Elaine Tarone’s (University of Minnesota) colloquium, Call for research: Low-literate adolescent and adult L2 learners, brings together researchers investigating the learning and teaching needs of low-literate adolescent and adult L2 learners. Participants include Kendall King and Martha Bigelow, (University of Minnesota), Nicole Pettitt, (Georgia State University), Ranya Khan (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto University) and Patsy Vinogradov (University of Minnesota). The fifth colloquium is being organized by Sigrid Norris (Auckland University of Technology) on the topic of multimodal discourse analysis.
Adding to these intellectually-stimulating sessions is the Language Learning Roundtable, funded by the journal Language Learning. The colloquium features six prominent scholars, representing diverse geographical regions and perspectives, who will address the theoretical and practical complexities surrounding how we understand and use language in an ever-increasing globalized world. Participants are: Jan Blommaert (Tilburg University), Viv Edwards (University of Reading); Marco Jacquemet (University of San Francisco), Barbara Johnstone (Carnegie Mellon University) Thomas Ricento (University of Calgary) and Barbara Seidlhofer (University of Vienna).
Finally, we will have three special joint sessions. The International Language Testing Association-AAAL session, organized by James Purpura (Teachers College, Columbia University) and Nick Saville (University of Cambridge, ESOL Examinations) explores how a learning-oriented approach can be used as a framework for understanding the nature of classroom-based assessment and its role in narrowing learning gaps. For the first time at AAAL, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) will have a joint session. Led by Richard Donato (University of Pittsburgh), participants will present an overview of the ACTFL Research Priorities Project. The session will conclude with a general discussion of the project and ways that AAAL and ACTFL might collaborate on research priorities in foreign language education. There will also be a TESOL-AAAL session to be announced later. Other special activities will include the Graduate Student Event, organized by Lawrence Williams, the local chair, along with several of the AAAL 2013 program committee members, and the talk by the recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award. Stay tuned for more details.
A stimulating program is not the only hallmark of an excellent conference. It is also about location, location, location! Centrally located in downtown Dallas, the Sheraton Dallas Hotel and its surrounds are indeed an outstanding location for AAAL 2013. The hotel is eminently suited for our conference. Rated four diamonds by American Automobile Association, the hotel features a spacious linked-in area on the first floor that features PC workstations and a lounge where you can put the finishing touches on your presentation, network with colleagues, and get caught up with old friends. You will also find two restaurants, one of which includes a sports bar with pool tables, private karaoke salons, and Nitendo Wii stations. It also has a coffee shop and a frozen yogurt shop.
Conference registration, poster sessions, publishers’ exhibits and the social events will be held in the Grand Hall, on the ground floor of the Conference Center, Plenary and colloquium sessions will take place in rooms right off the ballroom. Breakout sessions will be held in rooms on the fourth and 37th floors of the North Tower of the hotel, with easy access from a bank of elevators. Let me note, too, that the hotel has undergone a major transformation and has several green initiatives making significant contributions to the protection of our environment.
Only a few steps outside of the hotel doors, you will find a host of great dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities. The celebrated art district is also close by as are the Dallas Symphony and the Dallas World Aquarium and Rainforest. And for those of you looking for a bit of sport, in addition to the hotel’s fitness center and indoor pool, there is an indoor ice-skating rink at the Plaza of America Building!
With an intellectually-rich program and world-class amenities in and outside of the hotel, AAAL 2013 promises to be an exceptional conference. We look forward to seeing you in Dallas.
—Joan Kelly Hall, Pennsylvania State University
2012 Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award
Elaine Tarone from the University of Minnesota was selected as the recipient of the AAAL 2012 Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA). The committee consisted of Dick Tucker, chair (Carnegie Mellon University), Andrew Cohen (University of Minnesota), Bill Grabe (Northern Arizona University), Heidi Byrnes (Georgetown University), past president of AAAL, and Diane Larsen-Freeman (University of Michigan), DSSA 2011 recipient.
The committee unanimously and enthusiastically selected Elaine and noted that throughout her exemplary career at the University of Minnesota that began in Fall 1979, Elaine has compiled an outstanding record of contribution to the field of applied linguistics and to our own association.
Over the years, she has published extensively (nine books, 51 articles, and 62 book chapters). Her scholarly articles have appeared in the premier refereed journals in our field (e.g., Applied Linguistics, ESP Journal, International Review of Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, Modern Language Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Quarterly), and Elaine has participated regularly in regional, national, and international conferences in our field (e.g., AAAL, AILA, TESOL). The regularity and the longevity of her contributions are noteworthy; and for them she has gained broad and positive international recognition and acclaim.
Elaine has also been recognized by her home institution with her selection in 2009 as a Distinguished University Teaching Professor and member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, as well as by her 2000 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. Elaine has personally mentored approximately 400 graduate students, at either the MA or the PhD level over the years—students who have themselves taken on careers in applied linguistics. The number of students mentored by Elaine over the years is approximately equal to the total number that attended the AAAL conference in New York in 1991—the conference that marked the birth of an independent AAAL and a conference that Elaine chaired.
—G. Richard Tucker, Carnegie Mellon University
Graduate Student Awards
For this year’s Graduate Student Award (GSA), the committee had to choose among nineteen invited applicants – eighteen PhDs and one MA – each with a very impressive record. In a change of procedures this year, the students with highest abstract ratings among graduate students were invited to apply for the award. Five awards were given, and each of these students was awarded $800, in addition to having his or her conference registration fees waived. The 2012 awards went to the following outstanding students:
- Jing Xia, Arizona State University (The Educational Testing Service Graduate Student Award): Null elements in second language Mandarin Chinese: A processing investigation. (PhD)
- Philippa Bell, Concordia University, Montreal (The Multilingual Matters Graduate Student Award): Implicit learning and explicit learning of second language syntax by adult. (PhD)
- Elizabeth Tremmel, University of Wisconsin-Madison (The Wilga Rivers Graduate Student Award): Nocardia bacteria, negative controls, and risk ratios: The co-construction of disciplinary identity in a dairy science seminar. (PhD)
- Stephen Looney, University of Georgia (The De Gruyter Graduate Student Award): Conversation analysis for international teaching assistant research. (PhD)
- Stephen Skalicky, Washington State University (The De Gruyter Graduate Student Award): The pragmatics of L2 language play: A longitudinal study. (MA)
I wish to thank my fellow committee members for their continued help: Heather Allen, Patrick Bolger, Monika Ekiert, Jonathan Reinhardt, and Nina Vyatkina.
Lastly, would like to take this opportunity to encourage PhD students as well as MA students to submit an abstract to the AAAL conference. Graduate students who are eligible to apply for the GSA will be notified by the conference chair by early November and may submit their application once they have confirmed their intention to attend the conference. Please refer to the AAAL website for the most current details on the GSA application procedure. We look forward to receiving applications for 2013.
—Carolin Fuchs, Teachers College, Columbia University
New Leadership for AAAL
The nominating committee of AAAL selected a slate of candidates that began their term at the end of the 2012 conference in Boston. The two new members of the Executive Committee will be Aneta Pavlenko, second vice president, and Laura Collins, member-at-large. In addition, Junko Mori has been appointed newsletter editor and will be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.
Aneta Pavlenko is a professor and coordinator of the TESOL Program at the College of Education at Temple University, Philadelphia. She received her PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University in 1997. Her research examines the relationship between language, emotions, and cognition in bilingualism and second language acquisition. She is also interested in forensic linguistics and language policy, in particular language management in post-Soviet countries. She is the winner of the 2006 BAAL Book Prize and of the 2009 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Applied Linguistics, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, International Journal of Bilingualism, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Language Learning, Modern Language Journal, Multilingua, Pragmatics and Cognition, and TESOL Quarterly. She is also the author of Emotions and multilingualism (winner of the BAAL Book Prize), co-author (with Scott Jarvis) of Crosslinguistic influence in language and cognition, and editor of several volumes. She is the associate editor of the International Journal of Bilingualism. As a member of AAAL, she has served as proposal reviewer, member of the Membership Benefits Committee, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and as AAAL representative on the editorial board of Applied Linguistics.
Laura Collins is an associate professor in the department of education at Concordia University in Montreal and co-editor of the Canadian Modern Language Review. Her research interests include input second language pedagogy and language learning, with a focus on pedagogical grammar, cross-linguistic influence among bilingual and multilingual speakers, and the relationship between the distribution of instructional time and language learning outcomes. In addition, she has conducted research on the acquisition of tense and aspect. She has published in a variety of journals including the Modern Language Journal, Language Awareness, Language Teaching Research, and the Canadian Modern Language Review. She has received grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the TESOL International Research Foundation. She is a frequent presenter at AAAL.
Junko Mori is a professor of Japanese language and linguistics and a co-director of the doctoral program in second language acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Using conversation analysis as a central tool for analysis, her research has explored identities in talk, cognition in action, embodied interaction, interactional competence, and grammar in interaction through the analysis of first and second language speaker talk. Her work has appeared in edited volumes and journals, including Applied Linguistics, International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, Journal of Pragmatics, Modern Language Journal, and Research on Language Social Interaction. She is the author of Negotiating agreement and disagreement in Japanese: Connective expressions and turn construction and Social and interactive perspectives on Japanese language proficiency and a co-editor of Japanese applied linguistics: Discourse and social perspectives (with Amy Snyder Ohta). As a member of AAAL, she has regularly participated in the annual conference as a presenter and as an abstract reviewer. She also served on and chaired the AAAL Nominating Committee, and enjoyed her experience of being the local chair when AAAL hosted AILA 2005 in Madison, Wisconsin.
—Charlene Polio, Michigan State University
Newsletter Editor (beginning August, 2012)
Junko Mori, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jane Zuengler, University of Wisconsin-Madison
First Vice President
Joan Kelly Hall, The Pennsylvania State University
Second Vice President
Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University
Suresh Canagarajah, The Pennsylvania State University
Linda Harklau, University of Georgia
Members at Large
Laura Collins, Concordia University
Ryuko Kubota, University of British Columbia
Tim McNamara, University of Melbourne
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