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FYI: Language in Conflict Project at the University of Huddersfield Stylistics Research Centre

Author: Jane Lugea

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Forensic Linguistics

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We thought you'd be interested to know that the Stylistics Research Centre at the University of Huddersfield has recently launched the Language in Conflict project - a new initiative bringing together academics from Linguistics and Conflict Studies as well as conflict resolution practitioners.

Our interactive website, www.languageinconflict.org, is a platform for collaboration and the exchange of ideas, with short articles about cutting-edge research on the topic and a comment feature to encourage feedback and discussion. Register as a user now to stay up-to-date with developments in this exciting new cross-disciplinary project!

Latest Articles
'Interactive Parameters of Conflict Situations'
Have a look at the latest article by Jim O'Driscoll, an inventory of the linguistic and interactional aspects of conflict situations.

Some of the topics Language in Conflict will feature over the next few weeks:
• The interpretation of the term "victim" by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission - and its impact on South African society today.
• A study on the use of the words "threat" and "risk" in former Prime Minister Tony Blair responses to the Leveson Inquiry.
• Mediators and their clients: How to overcome roadblocks to successful dispute resolution.

Are you interested in contributing an article to the Language in Conflict website yourself?

We welcome short articles (1500 words max.) that look at the importance and use of language in conflict situations at any level, as well as within the context of conflict resolution.

Visit: www.languageinconflict.org

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