ICLALIS 2018 Organising Committee

Pusat Penataran Ilmu dan Bahasa,

Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Jalan UMS, 

88400, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


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2nd International Conference
on Languages, Linguistics, and Society


THEME: Language, linguistics, and society in the era of disruptive technologies

08-09 November 2018
Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

About ICLALIS 2018

Language is a distinctly human characteristic, central to all human social organization. It is the medium through which humans shape their identities, relate to one another, and construct social realities. The conference will focus on the ways that language and linguistics impact and affect society in an era where traditional methods or existing thoughts and patterns are challenged by new disruptive technologies in diverse contexts such as communication, education, science, politics, governance, policy making, nation building, heritage maintenance, business and trade, and various other fields. Hence we welcome paper presentations that revolve around current research that discuss among others the achievements, advancements, challenges, or prospects of language, linguistics, and society in the era of disruptive technologies.



(1)  to discuss on recent research which highlight the roles that languages and linguistics play in diverse settings or contexts especially in the face of the disruptive technologies;


(2)  share ideas and propose solutions to solve existing or potential problems and conflicts which may arise out of the challenges that the disruptive technologies bring to language and society at the national or international level.


ICLALIS 2018 will take place on November 8-9, 2018 at Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The conference theme is "Language, linguistics, and society in the era of disruptive technologies."

The deadline for abstract submission is September 12, 2018.

Please see the Call for Papers for full submission details.


Call for Papers

ICLALIS 2018 aims to highlight the roles that languages and linguistics play in diverse settings or contexts especially in the face of the disruptive technologies. How are the effects of these disruptions reflected in society and most importantly how do we find ways to solve problems and conflicts which may arise out of the challenges that the disruptive technologies bring to language and society whether at national or international level? ICLALIS 2018 call for the sharing of insights, critiques, observations, and crucial findings of research within - but not necessarily limited to - the theme of the conference.


Topics include but are not limited to:

Applied linguistics

Language and culture

Theoretical linguistics

Language, power, and ideology

Language and religion

Language varieties

Discourse analysis

Corpus linguistics


Language and communication

Language for specific purposes

Language for academic purposes

Heritage language

Language attitudes

Verbal art and speech play

Language in the media

Language and advertising

Language and technology

Language policy and planning

Linguistic landscaping studies

Indigenous language preservation, documentation, and revitalization

Language acquisition, shift, and loss

Mother tongue-based and multilingual education (MTB-MLE)

Languages in contact

Language and law, politics, and economics

Linguistic and cultural identity - nationality, gender, race, & sexuality

Language teaching / learning

ICT and language / digital language

Language curriculum / language materials development

Language teacher training

Language and literature

Language and translation

Historical linguistics

Lexicography and lexicology

Language and psychology

World Englishes

Language at the workplace/professional discourse




Keynote Speakers

YB Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau

Deputy Chief Minister, Sabah


Minister of Trade and Industry, Sabah

"Language and communication skills and graduate employability: Demands and expectations from the industry"

YB Puan Jenifer Lasimbang

Assistant Minister,

Ministry of Education and Innovation, Sabah


"Sustaining our indigenous languages in the face of technology and innovation"

Prof. Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Don

Advisor, Council of Language Deans

Founding Chair – English Language Standards and Quality Council,

Ministry of Education, Malaysia.


"English Language Education Reform: International Standards and Graduate

Prior to being appointed Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation Sabah, YB Puan Jenifer Lasimbang has previously worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Malaysia, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Thailand, as well as for various indigenous peoples’ communities and organisations in Malaysia. With 20 years of experience in the field of ICT as well as Human-Computer Interaction and Community Informatics, her scope of expertise has also been expanded to other fields, particularly in the areas of natural resource management, climate change and cultural bio-diversity.  


While working with UNICEF Malaysia, YB Puan Jenifer had the opportunity to advocate child rights to government agencies, businesses, industries, communities and civil society organisations, and helped to establish the Child Rights CSO coalition in Sabah and Sarawak. Her work with UNICEF has contributed towards galvanising the efforts of Malaysian indigenous communities in championing their rights to use their language and culture in education, with the successful organising of the Second Malaysian Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (MIPCE) in 2016.

Currently, as a member of the State Assembly representing Moyog (N.20) and helming her portfolio in the Ministry of Education and Innovation, she is ever committed to empower the youth and encourage more women to participate and contribute in politics and democratic movement.

YB Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau was born on March 13, 1958. He is the Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah since May 2018 and is also the Minister of Trade and Industry of Sabah. He has served as the federal Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (2015 - 2018) and Tuaran MP, Sabah, (1999 - 2008; 2013-present). He is the President of the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organization (UPKO).


Honorable Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau received the SPDK honorary state award which brought the title of Datuk Seri Panglima.


Back when he was a young boy, Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred lived in a village – Kg. Lokos – which is 50 km from Kota Kinabalu. The nearest secondary school was 12km away from his village and Datuk Seri walked to school every day. With enthusiasm and perseverance, he was successfully awarded the State Government scholarship to pursue studies in Peninsular Malaysia until the completion of his Bachelor of Forestry Science from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Serdang. The highest academic achievement was the Master of Management of Development from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila in 1990.

Emeritus Prof. Dr. James T. Collins

Principal Research Fellow 

Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

"Languages, linguistics and technologies: Disruptions and continuities"



Prof. Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Don has developed academic strengths in teaching and in research covering a wide field centred on the study of language. In the course of her research, she has collaborated with researchers in several other disciplines, including computer studies, engineering and medicine. She has made many contributions to prestigious journals in her field, and has over 150 publications in total. She has in addition contributed to English language education at the national level. She was formerly professor at the University of Malaya, and is currently Adjunct Professor at UPSI and UTM, and Chair of the English Language Standards and Quality Council at the Ministry of Education.

Emeritus Professor James T. Collins has been a Principal Research Fellow of the Institute for Ethnic Studies (KITA), National University of Malaysia, since 2013. In the United States, he served as the director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’I (1989-1991) and at Northern Illinois University (2008-2012). With an M.A. (1975) and Ph.D (1980) in Linguistics from University of Chicago, his principle interests are Austronesian historical linguistics, Malay dialectology, the minority languages of Maluku and Borneo/Kalimantan and the social history of Malay.


He is the author of twenty-five books in Malay, Indonesian and English. His award-winning book, Wibawa Bahasa Melayu: Kepiawaian dan Kepelbagaian (1999) has been reprinted twice, the latest in 2016. The third expanded edition of Malay, World Language: A Short History, was published in 2018. This appeared few weeks after a new book, Bibliografi Dialek Melayu Semenanjung Tanah Melayu (also published in 2018); this Bibliografi completes a series of five bibliographies covering Malay dialects throughout Southeast Asia.


He continues to lead workshops in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei on language documentation and language mapping. Most recently (February, 2018), he led a workshop on the teaching of the Malay language at the National University of Singapore. His commitment to community outreach continues through his work on minority language revitalization in Indonesia and Malaysia with funding from the Toyota Foundation (Japan) and the Kone Foundation (Finland).


The Organising Committee

The organiser, Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning, Universiti Malaysia Sabah has proudly served students in the teaching and learning of courses related to languages and linguistics. In addition to local languages such as Mandarin, Tamil, and Kadazandusun, the Centre offers international language courses such as English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic to students. Most recently, the Centre gained its first research unit - the Research Unit for Languages and Linguistics of Sabah - which emphasised the university’s keen interest in working closely with local non-government organisations in the maintenance and preservation of heritage languages in Sabah, the Land Below the Wind. ICLALIS 2018 is, therefore, a most apt platform for the coming together of intellectual and invigorating discussion and debate on topics that matter to like-minded professionals.


Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

No. 4, Lorong Api-Api 3, Api-Api Centre,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Telephone: (60) (88) 265 555
Whatsapp: (60) (13) 881 8338
Facsimile: (60) (88) 246 666
E-mail: enquiry@promenade.com.my

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