Message from SIG Chair
Message from SIG Chair
SIG Chair

Welcome to the Language and Social Processes SIG website! I hope you find the site useful in providing you with information regarding the LSP SIG, along with ways you might become more involved with the group. Founding members, such as David Bloome, Celia Genishi, and Judith Green, imagined the LSP SIG in the early 1970s. Since its inception, the LSP SIG has provided its members space for thoughtful debate, discussion, and consideration of issues regarding language processes and the sociopolitical contexts through which these unfold.

Critical to the LSP SIG is its mentoring of graduate students and early career scholars, and we encourage  all interested  scholars to contribute insights to this process.  We have had very successful mentoring sessions at the past 3 Annual Meetings and are grateful to scholars involved in planning the session  and participating in these rich conversations. This summer, a co-sponsored webinar with the Second Language Research (SLR) SIG,  Demystifying AERA Proposal Writing 2017,  was offered to graduate students and conference proposal writers.  We also encourage members to stay in touch with group members through our Facebook page and Twitter account, which are both resources we plan to continue building. Please let us know suggestions you may have to invigorate the SIG’s online presence.  

Each year the LSP SIG recognizes one or two graduate students or early career scholars by presenting the Emerging Scholar Award at its business meeting at AERA’s annual conference. Beginning in 2014 the LSP SIG presented the inaugural winner of the John J. Gumperz Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Scholarship, demonstrating the SIG’s continued interest in its ‘foundations and frontiers.’ In the fall, please consider nominating one of your colleagues or students for the appropriate award.

The LSP SIG, particularly through its business meeting at AERA’s annual conference, provides opportunities for scholars across traditions and interests to present research and engage in rich conversations. Many of you have submitted proposals and are engaged in the important work of reviewing proposals. Updates will be shared as we plan for the 2018 Annual Meeting in New York City.

On behalf of , Kate Anderson (program chair), Diana Arya (newsletter-web editor), Michiko Hakida (membership/treasurer), Amanda Deliman and Christina Ponzio (graduate student representatives), our awards committees, and Mariana Souto-Manning (past chair),  I thank you for your ongoing support of the LSP SIG.

Sarah Vander Zanden

LSP  Chair

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