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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: Perspectives on Language Use in Climate Change Text and Talk
Location: Bergen, Norway
Start Date: 25-Oct-2012 - 26-Oct-2012
Contact: Anje Müller Gjesdal
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.uib.no/fremmedsprak/nyheter/2012/05/internasjonal-konferanse-om-spraak-og-klima-25.-oktober
Meeting Description: Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today. The conference will be a meeting place for a multidisciplinary group of researchers and users across a number of sectors. The topics of the conference will address aspects of communication about climate change which are considered to be vital to groups such as politicians, industry, NGOs, journalists and educators.

Human values and belief systems have a clear influence on human responses and lead to different attitudes and preferences for courses of action or inaction. Research shows that the meaning that people ascribe to climate change is closely related to how climate change is portrayed in the communication.

The conference contributions will be in the form of keynotes and shorter contributions, followed by a focused discussion between researchers, politicians, journalists, activists as well as the general public.

The conference will be followed by a workshop for PhD candidates and master students.

Plenary speakers:
Dr Marianne Ryghaug, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Dr Brigitte Nerlich, University of Nottingham
Professor George Philander, Princeton University
Dr Michael Jones, Virginia Tech/Harvard University

The conference is organised by professor Kjersti Fløttum, University of Bergen and professor Trine Dahl, Norwegian School of Economics.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 23.2807

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