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Language, Mind, Society: CLCS Public Lecture Series

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Title: “Men don’t beg” – when gender meets interlanguage pragmatics.
Speaker: Dr Otilia Martí-Arnándiz, Department of Education, Universitat Jaume I, Castelló, Spain.
Time & Venue: 6.30pm, Neill Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.



Unlike 'proficiency level' and 'stay abroad', the individual variable of 'gender' has been mostly neglected within the field of interlanguage pragmatics (Kasper & Rose, 2002). Yet, the close relationship existing between gender and politeness has been deeply explored by feminist linguists. Although both the dominance view represented by Lakoff (1975) and the difference framework advocated by Tannen (1990, 1998) have been widely critiqued (e.g. Mills, 2002, 2003), third-wave feminist scholars like Cameron (2009) still claim for the maintenance of gender as a potentially relevant variable within interactionalist sociolinguistics. This talk aims at pondering the effect of gender on the production of the politeness marker “please” when mitigating requests by Spanish EFL undergraduates from Universitat Jaume I, based in Castelló de la Plana, Spain. Participants in this study comprised 100 EFL learners, 50 males and 50 females with a balanced presence of elementary and intermediate students. Our discussion will focus, on the one hand, on gender stereotypes like the over-emotional woman versus men hiding their emotions except for anger (Davis, 1995: Barrett et al., 2000; Fisher & Manstead, 2000: 9; and Ackerman et al., 2001: 811); and, on the other hand, on the effects of pragmatic development (Achiba, 2003) and L1 transfer (Lorenzo-Dus & Bou-Franch, 2003).

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About the speaker:

Dr Otilia Martí-Arnándiz is Associate lecturer of Didactics of English Language and Literature at the Department of Education (Universitat Jaume I, Castelló, Spain). She holds two B.A. in Contemporary History (from the University of València, Spain) and English Philology (from Universitat Jaume I, Castelló), two M.A. in the same fields; and, a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Universitat Jaume I in Castelló. Her research interests include the acquisition of pragmatics with a special focus on learners’ proficiency level and gender, as well as the role of teachers’ beliefs on implementing CLIL in Pre-school and Primary education from a multilingual perspective. She has participated in books developing those issues, such as Eva Alcón-Soler (ed.) (2008) Learning How to Request in an Instructed Language Learning Context, Bern: Peter Lang; or Leyre Ruiz de Zarobe & Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe (eds.) (2012) Speech Acts and Politeness across Languages and Cultures, Bern: Peter Lang. She has also co-edited with Patricia Salazar Campillo (2013) Refusals in Instructional Contexts and Beyond, Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, and co-authored with Maria Pilar Safont Jordà (2008) Achieving Multilingualism: Wills and Ways, Castelló de la Plana: Col·lecció e-Estudis filològics/2 de la Universitat Jaume I, a book resulting from the organization of ICOM (International Conference on Multilingualism).

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Title: Language Myths: First Language, Second Language, What Language? Deaf Students and Sign Language Interpreters
Speaker: Dr. Christine Monikowski, Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, Rochester, New York.
Time & Venue: 6.30pm, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.



Many Deaf students in public schools have difficulty mastering a primary language (either English or American Sign Language); can they acquire a native language in a hearing classroom? This presentation explores the importance of native language acquisition as a foundation for proficiency in a second language, applying this to Deaf students and to interpreters, who often function as language models in the classroom. Discussion will include appropriate language models, successful language acquisition, an interpreted education, and the typical hearing classroom.

Chris Monikowski

About the speaker:

Dr. Christine Monikowski is a Professor in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education at Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York. Dr. Monikowski holds a PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico. Her published works include Evolving Paradigms in Interpreter Education co-edited with Elizabeth Winston (Gallaudet University Press, 2013) and Service Learning in Interpreting Education co-authored with Rico Peterson (Oxford University Press, 2005). Her most recent volume is titled Teaching and Learning: Grounded in Research; it is a series of interviews conducted with sign language educators/researchers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe (Gallaudet University Press, forthcoming). She continues to present workshops for working interpreters and interpreter educators on a variety of topics such as: Discourse Analysis for Interpreters, Introduction to Linguistics for Interpreters, and Professional Ethics.


DISMPicture (left to right) Kwok Chung Kam, Edyta English, Dr. Gessica De Angelis, Lijie Shao, Ram Subramanian.

Dr. Gessica De Angelis, CLCS lecturer in Applied Linguistics and member of the board of the International Association of Multilingualism, travelled to Donostia Young Researchers Symposium on Multilingualism (DISM2016) where four of our PhD students presented their work.

PhD student Edyta English won the Best Poster Award and was awarded a Euro 400 travel grant from the Association.


Dr John Bosco Conama, Language Ambassador of the Year
Dr John Bosco Conama, Centre for Deaf Studies, receives the prestigious Language Ambassador of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to the promotion and recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL) in Ireland
, in Farmleigh House at the 2015 European Language Label Award Ceremony



John pictured here with friends and colleagues from the Centre for Deaf Studies. Left to right: Carmel Grehan, John Bosco Conama, Lorraine Leeson and Sarah Sheridan.






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The Minister further stated "I would like to invite members of the Deaf Community to participate with all concerned in this marvellous programme and I wish to sincerely thank the Centre for Deaf Studies for participating with us on the scheme. Trinity College Dublin has long been associated with the development of high calibre programmes in Deaf Studies, delivered by the Centre for Deaf Studies and it is an honour for the OPW to work with the Centre. I am sure that this project will provide members of the Deaf Community with a wonderful opportunity to more fully participate in the visitor experience at the sites within our care, giving them the opportunity to learn more of the intriguing history of these fabulous sites."

For further information or if you wish to interview Minister of State Harris please contact Colette Davis (OPW Press Officer) - 087 947 5552 or email

Notes to Editors:
The Office of Public Works is collaborating with the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College Dublin and 4th year students will be at the following OPW Heritage sites.
Dublin Castle: 18 January 2015
Farmleigh: 31 January & 1 February 2015

Bookings can be made by emailing


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