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Full Title: 35th GERAS International Conference

Short Title: GERAS
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Start Date: 20-Mar-2014 - 22-Mar-2014
Contact: Michel Van der Yeught
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Meeting Description: Groupe d’étude et de recherche en anglais de spécialité

GERAS 35th International Conference
LERMA-MIRREL - Aix-Marseille Université
Aix-en-Provence, France, 20-22 March 2014

Intersections - ESP as a Multidomain Crucible: Scientific, Didactic, Translatological and Pedagogical Implications

In French-speaking contexts, English for specific purposes (ESP) goes under the name of ‘anglais de spécialité’ and, notably in France, it refers to two distinct phenomena. On the one hand, the name is applied to the specialised varieties of the English language which are defined as ‘the expressions of specialised domains in English’. On the other hand, ESP is an academic branch of English studies in France. These phenomena can be compared to crucibles wherein different elements melt and mix to produce new realities endowed with their own characteristics. The specialised varieties of English lie at intersections between specialised domains and the English language and generate, among others, legal English, medical English, economic English and English for engineers. In order to study and teach these varieties, ESP as a discipline resorts to different domains of knowledge such as linguistics, discourse analysis, social sciences and didactics and combines them into specific approaches. As a result, the notion of ‘intersection’ is crucial to make sense of specialised languages though it may come under different names such as crossroads, interdisciplinarity or transversality, depending on what is studied.

The GERAS 35th International Conference is co-hosted in Aix-Marseille University by the research team Linguistique, Traduction et Recherches Transversales (LTRT) - a subgroup of the LERMA laboratory which studies the English-speaking world - and by the MIRREL, the university’s Language Resource and Research Centre. ESP scholars are invited to study the notion of intersection in their specific fields and in their disciplines in order to explore its scientific, didactic, translatological and pedagogical implications.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Translation
LL Issue: 24.2923

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