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Full Title: Multilingualism in Tertiary Education

Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Start Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Contact: Ute Smit
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Panel: Multilingualism in tertiary education: institutional communication and the (in)visible roles of standard and non-standard varieties

(Organizers: Ute Smit, University of Vienna & Monika Dannerer, University of Innsbruck)

Given the intrinsically super-regional, yet standard-providing nature of universities, institutional communication in higher educational institutions (HEIs) has always functioned as a show-case of linguistic adaptability. Guided by the sociolinguistically twinned functions of gate-keeping to the outside, while enabling insider exchange across places, languages used for academic purposes have adapted flexibly to the respective communicative needs as regards linguistic expression as well as the preferred use of specific (standard) varieties or of transnational academic languages. At the same time, HEIs are multilingual spaces with lecturers and students (learning to) engage in institutional and scientific communication by drawing on their complex repertoires, combining standard and non-standard varieties and increasingly English as prevalent academic lingua franca. Especially in view of the presently wide-spread active promotion of internationalisation of universities, it is arguably timely to focus on how the resulting multilingualism is constructed by, and constructive of HEIs, and to approach this topic from the macro (or societal) as well as the micro (or interactional) perspective.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.2954

This is a session of the following meeting:
14th International Pragmatics Conference

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