Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 in Ghent

In this post Anna writes about her recent trip to Ghent in Belgium with Rosie for this year’s Sociolinguistics Symposium, our first in-person conference since February 2020.  

This was my first in-person conference trip in nearly 3 years, and Rosie’s first (of many!) conferences for MM. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and meet people for whom this was also their first conference. In fact, it was so exciting that we forgot to take many photos!

There was lots of interest in brand new titles Multilingual Perspectives on Translanguaging edited by Jeff MacSwan and Struggles for Multilingualism and Linguistic Citizenship edited by Quentin Williams, Ana Deumert and Tommaso M. Milani, but delegates were very enthusiastic about all of our list; after over two years of sitting at home sending emails, it was really great to be reminded of why we do what we do.

We both fell in love with Ghent and definitely would have stayed for longer had we realised Ghent Festival was starting just as we left, but we did manage to squeeze in a bit of live music on the last evening of the conference. Other highlights included the local beer and a delicious vegan tasting menu. Oh and Bookz & Booze, which is definitely a possible future direction for MM.

Rosie’s heading to EuroSLA in Fribourg soon, and we’re looking forward to catching up with authors and book-buyers in cities around the world in 2023!

Welcoming Rosie to the CVP Team

We recently welcomed Rosie to the team, who is commissioning editor while Laura is on maternity leave. In this post we find out a bit more about her…

What were you doing before you joined us?

I came here from Routledge, where I was working as an Editorial Assistant on their Language Learning list. Before that, I studied Applied Linguistics and taught English as a Second Language in New York, so I’m not sure there’s any doubt about my favourite subject!

What made you apply for the job?

I have always loved working with language and linguistics, and it only took a glance at the catalogue to be convinced this was the place for me! I really liked the idea of working for a smaller publisher too, as it gives you the chance to get to know different aspects of the publishing process.

What were your first impressions?

I think the first thing that struck me was how well everyone knew each other. Not only within the team, but series editors and authors too, it really is a CVP family. Everyone was immediately very welcoming, which isn’t so easy over email and Zoom! One thing I love about working in this subject area is seeing the names of my old lecturers crop up as authors or reviewers, and there have been a few already!

Do you prefer ebooks or print books? What are you reading at the moment?

I still prefer print but I do have a Kindle which I would load up when travelling to save space. I just started ‘The Goldfinch’ and I am absolutely loving it (though at 800+ pages it definitely would have been easier to carry around on kindle). I always have a non-fiction book on the go at the same time, and this year I’ve been reading ‘On This Day in History’. I read a page each morning with my first cup of tea, and it’s nice to know that on 31st December I can add one more to my Goodreads reading challenge, just in time!

Do you have a favourite book?

I would struggle to pick a favourite each year! One I keep recommending to people is ‘To Be Taught, If Fortunate’ by Becky Chambers. I’m not usually a sci-fi reader, but this is definitely one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years. The concepts are clever, the characters well-rounded, and it’s just so beautifully rich for such a short book.

What do you like to do when you’re not in the office?

I recently moved back to Scotland after six years away, so I’ve been enjoying visiting family and friends at the weekends, and I’m looking forward to a lot more hillwalking in the spring. I play piano, love to bake, and at the moment I’m learning Italian through a combination of podcasts, books, Duolingo, and a carefully curated playlist of Italian Disney songs!