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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: Energie, environnement et écologie : apports croisés entre langues, cultures, disciplines

Location: Grenoble, France
Start Date: 27-Nov-2014 - 28-Nov-2014
Contact: Elodie Vargas
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Energy, environment and ecology and the intersecting contributions of
specialized languages, discourse, cultures and disciplines

The theoretical study of the environment as a scientific discipline is a
relatively recent phenomenon and, as such, still subject to frequent
fluctuations. Nevertheless, it is today commonly accepted as referring to
the range of biological, chemical and social determinants which affect
human beings.

Initially used in the 19th century to designate those sciences related
essentially to habitat, during the 1960s, the concept developed into a
political movement centred on nature conservation issues. With the
millennium, attention shifted to climate change as a source of major
concern and resulting media coverage has resulted in energy becoming the
focus of debate dynamics in environmental and ecology studies.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis
LL Issue: 25.688

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