CIOL Scottish Society

Scottish Society newsletter: No 162 – February 2019


Welcome to our February newsletter. We hope you are looking forward to joining us in Dundee, the City of Discovery, on 23 February for our next Scottish Society event. We are very pleased to welcome Prof Alison Phipps to Dundee where she will discuss the relationship between language and identity and look at some current research on the topic. It will also be an opportunity to get together with friends old and new over a networking lunch.

Details of all our upcoming events are on the CIOL website, so please save the dates in your diary and if you would like to volunteer at any of the events please contact us on

I would also like to welcome Anna Binning MCIL to the Scottish Society Committee. Anna is a German language linguist and joined the Committee at our November AGM in Glasgow. You can learn more about Anna on the ‘Committee members’ tab of the Scottish Society page on the CIOL website.

Finally, I would encourage all our members to take part in the election of new CIOL Council members. This is a very positive opportunity to select Council Members who will shape the future direction of CIOL. If you haven’t received your email with instructions on how to vote, please contact CIOL by email at

Kind regards
Paul Kearns MCIL Chartered Linguist, Chair of the CIOL Scottish Society

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‘Researching Mutlilingually’: Languages as Social Category and Performance Art

Saturday 23 February 2019
12:15 – 16:00

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Researching Multilingually brings languages into view alongside the social categories of race, gender and class. It allows us to ask the question: ‘What difference does it make that my language(s) is/ are not yours, that my inflections are not yours? And what does it mean to take this seriously as a factor in our research methodologies.

Prof Alison Phipps will take stock of the work undertaken by the AHRC funded project Researching Multilingually at Borders and will present some of the work and theorisations in the book Decolonising Multilingualism.

Scottish Society committee members will be meeting for lunch at The Tinsmith before the talk and attendees are welcome to join (at your own expense). For more information about lunch and to view the menu, please click the book online button above.

Bookings close on 22 February 2019.

2019 dates for your diary

16 March 2019, London
CIOL AGM and Members’ Day

Join delegates for a full day of talks and seminars as CIOL holds its annual AGM and Members’ Day event. Find out more and book.

18 May 2019, Edinburgh
International media coverage of the EU referendum, the case of Spain

This presentation will show how in Spain Brexit was seen as a threat to a European project, regarded as a product of the reality-based rationality of the Enlightenment.
Save the date, more information to come soon.

31 May – 2 June 2019, Aberdour
ITI Summer Workshop
Enjoy three days of networking, CPD and various activities including a practical revision workshop by translators Time Guttridge and Simon Berrill. Find out more and book.

28 September 2019, Stirling
Celebration of International Translation Day 2019

'Machine Translation - A help or a hindrance to your translation career?' Presented by Paul Kearns MCIL CL
The presentation will look at different types of machine translation and discuss some of the current topics surrounding machine translation in the translation industry today.

'The Ethics of PSI in the Scottish context' presented by Eneida Garcia Villanueva MCIL ACIL CL
A range of ethical dilemmas can arise while undertaking Public Service Interpreting (PSI) work. Codes of Ethics and Codes of Professional Conduct do not always provide a straightforward answer to these dilemmas.

Save the date, more information to come soon.

23 November 2019, Glasgow
'Language, place and identity in children’s bilingualism with community languages' and AGM
Many people still think that bilingualism makes children confused and puts them at a disadvantage at school. Research, in contrast, shows that knowing another language may give children enhanced metalinguistic and early literacy skills.
Save the date, more information to come soon.

Continuing Professional Development

The Scottish Society is able to provide a paper proof of attendance at a CPD event if requested. Anyone wishing this should contact Paul Kearns, Chair, or Marjorie MacRae, Treasurer, at the event. Requests made after the event unfortunately cannot be fulfilled.

Further CPD opportunities are available from eCPD Webinars, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CIOL. See the eCPD website for details of forthcoming webinars on a wide variety of topics for linguists.

Gaelic Language Planning Presentation Report

On Saturday 17 November, members of the Scottish Society were delighted to meet for a presentation on ‘Gaelic Education and Language Planning’ by Andrew O’Halloran, a modern languages teacher with more than twenty years’ experience and author of the Dumfries and Galloway Gaelic Language Plan.

Click below to read the full report of the event.

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