Ballot Issues 2016

Ballot will be available through October 15, 2016.

As discussed at the 2016 annual meeting and following detailed discussions at both the 2014 and 2015 meetings, the SECOL Executive Committee is asking for a vote on the three issues below by the SECOL membership, pursuant to Article 5 of the Constitution.

According to the Constitution, the balloting procedure is as follows: “By June 1, the Secretary will conduct a vote, by electronically distributing a downloadable ballot to the membership, with instructions for mailing or e-mailing the ballot back to the Secretary by October 1, anonymous balloting not being required. To take effect, an amendment must have the approval of two-thirds of those voting.” The inclusion of website voting (by logging onto the SECOL website as a member) does not preclude hard copy or e-mail voting, so if this is your preference, you will find a downloadable ballot on the website that can be sent as an attachment or via snailmail to the Secretary ( or to her University of Alabama English Department address. (Ballot Issues 2016 Hardcopy )

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SECOL LXXXIII (83) was held at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, on March 28-31, 2016. More information may be found “here”

Attention student presenters at SECOL 83: Student members of SECOL can apply for the Reza Ordoubadian Award, a prize presented annually, recognizing the best student paper presented at the spring conference. Winners will receive a cash award, complimentary membership in SECOL, and the possibility to publish their papers in the Southern Journal of Linguistics. To be considered, please send an electronic copy of the paper (preferably PDF) to the Secretary, Catherine Evans Davies ( no later than January 7, 2017. Winners will be announced at the 2017 meeting in Charleston, SC. See for more information.

Assistant Professor in Linguistics University of Alabama

The University of Alabama English Department invites applications for one tenure-track (9 month) position in Applied Linguistics at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful applicant will have a PhD in linguistics or applied linguistics; an active, successful research agenda with a primary emphasis in ESL writing; and a record of effective teaching.

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Language Contact in the Danish West Indies

Robin Sabino, Auburn University. 2012. Language Contact in the Danish West Indies: Giving Jack His Jacket. Boston, Massachusetts: Brill.

“Language Contact in the Danish West Indies: Giving Jack His Jacket lays bare crucial roles played by community and resistance in the refashioning of heritage languages. Robin Sabino draws on her community relationships, her fieldwork with a last speaker, and research from a range of disciplines, to advance a revisionist history that elucidates the African linguistic resources used to create community in a land those who were transhipped did not choose and from which they could not return. In parallel fashion, the narrative locates the partial appropriation of creole features by the colony’s Euro-Caribbean community in the emergence of local identity. It also traces the replacement of Dutch and Virgin Islands Dutch Creole with their English counterparts.” website

The Language of Language

Cruz, Ferreira, Madalena and Sunita Anne Abraham. 2011. The Language of Language: A Linguistics Course for Starters. North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace.

“Now in its third edition, published in 2011, our book is aimed at multilingual speakers of English with no prior background in language studies. Our goal is to encourage informed thinking about (why) language matters. Packed with over 100 commented activities, examples of language play, and fun “food for thought”, the book is designed to foster independent exploration of language and linguistics. It comes complete with a companion website. The book is appropriate for language teacher training, as well as for language study courses at A-level/junior college or university level.”(more info)