2011 Michael Clyne Memorial Lecture

By August 23, 2011News

Organised by The University of Sydney, The University of New South Wales, University of Technology, Sydney and Macquarie University

Professor Mike Baynham

School of Education, The University of Leeds, UK

Date: Friday 16th September 2011

Time: 5.00 – 6.00 pm

Venue: Education Lecture Theatre 351, The University of Sydney

“Language Learning in a Multilingual World”

Mike Baynham draws on a 1968 paper of Michael Clyne titled Zum PidginDeutsch der Gastarbeiter which inspired him to do a Masters in Linguistics and engage in doctoral research. He uses this example to argue for the social turn in SLA and, in particular, language learning in the context of societal and global multilingualism.


Mike Baynham’s professional background is in Adult ESL and Literacy. Before Leeds University, he spent ten years in Sydney at the University of Technology, Sydney where he was Director of the Centre for Language and Literacy and before that he worked in London in Adult and Higher Education. His academic background is in sociolinguistics, but he has always been involved in and committed to Applied Linguistics. From narrative he developed an interest in speech representation in both narrative and non narrative contexts. Other areas of interest are socially situated perspectives on literacy, in particular academic literacies, classroom discourse, language and mathematics.

About Michael Clyne Memorial Lecture

This lecture is held in honour of Michael Clyne, AM, FAHA, FASSA (1939 – 2010). Michael Clyne was been a key Australianlinguist, academic and intellectual. He was a scholar in various fields of linguistics, including sociolinguistics, pragmatics, bilingualism and multilingualism, second language learning, contact linguistics and intercultural communication. He was a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. Professor Clyne published numerous books and articles (28 authored, co-authored and edited books and over 300 articles and book chapters) of research in areas of linguistics, particularly in the field of bilingualism.

Enquiries: Dr. Ken Cruickshank ([email protected]), Tel: 93516313. Please register for this free lecture to ensure a place.