•Roy Harris

The International Association for the Integrational Study of Language and Communication (IAISLC) was founded in 1998. It now has members in more than twenty-five countries around the world.

Integrationists seek to develop an approach which is based on the assumption that language, like other forms of communication, has as its primary function the integration of past, present and future human activities. The integrational process itself, which varies from one communicational context to another, is treated as the source of meaning for signs of all kinds.

The integrationist approach opens up a new perspective on many current issues in philosophy, psychology and education.

The first IAISLC international conference was held in London in July 2000, the second in New Orleans in March 2002 and the third in Birmingham in July 2004.

IAISLC, in collaboration with the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication, held an international symposium on ‘The Native Speaker and the Mother Tongue’ in Cape Town in December 2008.

In May 2010 an international colloquium was held in Hong Kong organized by IAISLC and the School of English, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). The theme was ‘Linguistic Theory in the 21st Century: Integrational Perspectives’.

IAISLC is managed by an international Executive Committee, currently comprising: Stephen J. Cowley (University of Hertfordshire), Daniel R. Davis (University of Michigan), Harjeet S. Gill (University of Patiala), Roy Harris (University of Oxford), Jesper Hermann (University of Copenhagen), Christopher Hutton (University of Hong Kong), Nigel Love (University of Cape Town), Talbot J. Taylor (College of William & Mary), Michael Toolan (University of Birmingham).

Members will receive information about meetings, publications and other activities. There are no membership dues.

Anyone wishing the join the Association can do so by sending their name and address to the Secretary:
Professor M. Toolan, Department of English, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK.

See also the Association's website

© Roy Harris, Emeritus Professor of General Linguistics, Oxford, 2010-2015