Australian Linguistics Society Talkley Award 2012

By December 7, 2012News
Australian Linguistics Society Talkley Award 2012

Australian Linguistics Society Talkley Award 2012

At their annual general meeting in Perth yesterday, the Australian Linguistics Society (ALS) awarded this year’s Talkley award to our very own Ingrid Piller. The Talkley Award recognizes the person who has done the most to increase public understanding of language.

The committee cited in particular Ingrid’s outstanding commitment to communicate applied sociolinguistics research through Language on the Move. Operating for more than three years now, Language on the Move currently hosts over 300 research blog posts, the video exhibition Japanese on the Move, conference presentations and open access research publications. Attracting around 1,000 visitors per day, Language on the Move is not only a repository of content but a linguistics community of academics, students and practitioners including our vibrant Facebook and Twitter communities.

The close intersection between research and dissemination is particularly evident in the workshop Human Sciences Perspectives on Linguistic Diversity and Social Inclusion in Australia, which was funded by Macquarie University’s Faculty of Human Sciences and held on the Macquarie University campus in October this year and simultaneously accompanied by a global live-stream, various interactive channels through social networking sites and ongoing documentation through video excerpts.

Language on the Move itself has become an object of mass media attention as evidenced by this article in Campus Review, which speaks about the use of Web 2.0 technologies to nurture students, reach out to the public and, simultaneously, enhance research productivity.

Beyond Language on the Move,Ingrid was recognized for her tireless work to promote bilingual education in Australia and to focus public attention on the challenges of language learning in the context of migration and globalization through her appearances in the mass media, some of which are collected here.

Ingrid was unable to attend this year’s ALS conference in Perth and so her former PhD student, Donna Butorac, accepted the award on her behalf. By lucky coincidence, Donna also received an award herself at the AGM, the 2012 Michael Clyne Award for the best research thesis in the area of immigrant bilingualism and language contact in Australia.

The Language on the Move team is delighted about the recognition of our work under Ingrid’s leadership. Ingrid’s acceptance speech is reproduced below. In addition to her thanks, we would also like to add that our ability to do sociolinguistics in style is due to our fantastic web designer Marcin Debski from Espider Australia and to our fashion sponsor Yaccomaricard.

Ingrid’s acceptance speech of the Talkley 2012 Award

I am delighted and honoured to accept the Talkley 2012 Award! It is wonderful to see our work, particularly on the sociolinguistics portal Language on the Move, recognized in this way! Our research and dissemination efforts are concerned with the ways in which linguistic diversity intersects with some of the big issues the world is facing today: migration, multiculturalism, globalization and social justice. These issues find broad resonance with a wide public and with the experience of many.

I am particularly encouraged to receive this award – and, indeed, to see that this award exists – because engaging in public debates is often frowned upon in the academy and seen as somehow detracting from the value of “pure” and “objective” research. However, in reality all research is public and our work circulates into the world in often unexpected ways. In the words of Michael Burawoy: “What we write circulates into the world we seek to comprehend and from there sprays dirt in our face.” So, this award is an encouragement for all of us who get out there and who get dirty on occasion.

While I’m sad that I cannot be in Perth today to accept the Talkley 2012 Award in person, I am delighted that Dr Donna Butorac is able to accept it in my stead. Donna is a former PhD student of mine and winner of this year’s Michael Clyne Award. This is double recognition of the work we do on Language on the Move. Indeed, disseminating research for positive change is very much a team effort. Impact only happens with many people multiplying our messages and so this award really goes to everyone on the Language on the Move team and I would like to mention particularly my co-editor Dr Kimie Takahashi of Assumption University of Thailand in Bangkok.

Language on the Move is an open forum and I would like to extend a warm invitation to all members of the Australian Linguistics Society to join us as guest-bloggers or in other ways!

Thank you again for presenting me with the Talkley 2012 Award! I’ll close with special thanks to the postgraduate committee for their efforts, particularly to Piers Kelly, who took time out of the crazy pre-submission time of his PhD thesis to administer the award. Thanks, everyone!

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  • Shiva

    Wow…WONDERFUL NEWS!! What an appropriate and fair recognition indeed! CONGRATULATIONS Dear Ingrid! 🙂

  • Omedeto gozaimasu! Well deserved and I hope you’ll continue to promote the magic of language to the public in style:-)

  • Grace Chang

    Many congratulations, dear Ingrid! It appears a very vigorous and fruitful season for you and Lg-on-the-move! Fantastic! : )

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  • Saeed

    Congratulations Ingrid on this well-deserved recognition. I am delighted to see your work in sociolinguistics has paid off (again) and will be looking forward to seeing more of your success 🙂

  • vahid

    Excellent! 🙂

  • Donna Butorac

    Congratulations, Ingrid! It was such an honour to be able to stand and accept your award, in your absence, and it also gave me the opportunity to tell the assembled audience what a wonderful supervisor you are. Indeed ;D)

  • Dariush Izadi

    Excellent news! Congratulations on this big achievement.

  • Wonderful! Congratulations on this award.

  • khan

    Dear Professor,

    I am so happy and delighted to hear this great news and I congratulate you, your family and friends of Language on the Move. It’s an honour for all of us and for Donna to receive the prestigious award on behalf of her teacher.

    Long Live Language on the Move. Congratulations once again.


  • Nikolaus Pasassung

    Congratulation, Ingrid. What an achievement and appreciation….

  • Thanks, everyone, for your congratulations here, on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail! I appreciate your support very much. Language on the Move wouldn’t exist without you!

  • Li Jia

    Four days after the good news posted! I should’ve read it earlier. Can I express my sincere congratulations on you Ingrid and all of the other contributors on the languageonthemove? I’m proud of you and expecting to be part of you in future.

  • Irum batool

    Dear All on Language on the move,

    Iv recently joined this forum.Mr. Khan invited me to this forum and i feel honoured to be a part of it.Before introducing myself i ‘d like to congratulate Ingrid for such a wonderful achievement and appreciation…..and Donna Butorac, for accepting the award on her behalf and for getting her own award at the AGM, the 2012 Michael Clyne Award for the best research thesis in the area of immigrant bilingualism and language contact in Australia…Congratulations to both!!!! .Now I would like to give a brief introduction of mine..I am Irum Batool From Gigit Baltistan(Pakistan). I’v done my Masters in Linguistics from Karakarum International University Gilgit Baltistan and Presently I am Serving in the same university as lecturer…
    Some of you might be familiar with this region but for those who aren’t, let me tell you that GB is a multilingual area where approximately 9 languages are this region is having a great multilinguistic diversity..the languages spoken in Gilgit Baltistan are English as a foreign Language, Urdu as National Language..other than these languages the local languages spoken in this region are Shina, as a major language spoken by majority of people, having different dialects like astori shina, gilgiti shina,chilasi shina etc, Brushiski, wakhi, doomki, Balti etc…
    so time to time we would be sharing a number of things related to multilinguilism in the context of Gilgit Baltistan.. 🙂

    Cheers All..:)


  • Welcome, Irum! I hope you’ll consider writing a guest blog post about multilingual Gilgit Baltistan 🙂 I’m sure I speak for all our readers when I say I’d love to learn more about your fascinating part of the world.