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LINGUIST List 17.2916

Fri Oct 06 2006

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Poland

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        1.    Gilles Quentel, Globalization and Communication: Enrichment and Threat


Message 1: Globalization and Communication: Enrichment and Threat
Date: 28-Sep-2006
From: Gilles Quentel <gillesquentelfree.fr>
Subject: Globalization and Communication: Enrichment and Threat


Full Title: Globalization and Communication: Enrichment and Threat

Date: 14-Jun-2007 - 16-Jun-2007
Location: Gdansk, Poland
Contact Person: Gilles Quentel
Meeting Email: filgquniv.gda.pl

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2006

Meeting Description:

Globalization and Communication: Enrichment and Threat: A 3 days international
linguistic conference to be held at the university of Gdansk (Faculty of Romance
Philology)14th-16th June 2007.

University of Gdansk
Faculty of Romance Philology
Section of Linguistics & Glottodidactics
Bielanska 5
80-851 Gdansk
tel: +48 058 301 36 51

Globalization and Communication: Enrichment and Threat

A 3 days international conference
14-16 June 2007 - Gdansk

The inexorable progress of globalization in the sphere of communication warrants
their inevitable confrontation. Languages (their paradigms, particularly the
lexical-syntactic ones) are getting to be more and more effective tools of
unification under the influence of English which nowadays functions as a Lingua
Franca. This is especially the case if we take into consideration new mass media
(internet, etc).

However, as Roland Breton rightly pointed out, ''considering a language as no
more than a means of communication is dangerous reductionism''. In fact, the
majority of linguists and experts in other relevant fields of knowledge ask
themselves the questions of crucial importance: does the integration of
communicative techniques determined by mass media bring to the fore pragmatic
and economic aspects of languages at the expense of semantic subtleties and
aesthetic aspect? Do these tendencies, by any chance, lead to the fading of
traditional ethnocultural functions of languages, which could eventually
threaten their identity?

From this standpoint globalization can be viewed as an extremely complex
phenomenon that requires a multidimensional and multidisciplinary description. A
few topics for discussion and analysis are presented below:

A new hierarchy of language functions? (particularly in the informational,
expressive, connotative, or ethno-cultural aspect).

The dynamics of changes in the internal structure of the system (lexical
creativity, morpho-syntax).

The whole range of technolects and professiolects (especially the language of
media and the new ''eurolect'').

Discourse and linguistic pragmatics: the function of persuasive discourse,
political correctness, neutralization of official formulas, aesthetic
standardization.

Language policy and normative tendencies in the era of linguistic integration.

Challenges of language instruction and translation in the era of linguistic
globalization Functions of the media in the language acquisition process, the
role of cultural factors in foreign language instruction, pragmatic aspect of
translation, machine translation, etc.

The advent and expansion of new areas of linguistic exploration or communicative
and informational strategies corpus linguistics, computational linguistics,
urban dialectology, internet, language technology (Acktil, E-globalcom.net),
electronic corpora, telecommunicational codes, etc.

- Submission is limited to one abstract authored by an individual or a group of
co-authors.
- The deadline is December 31st 2006. Abstracts can be submitted either by post,
addressed to the Faculty of Romance Languages at the University of Gda?sk or by
e-mail at the following address: filgquniv.gda.pl
- Presentations can be made in French, English and Polish.
- The fee is 75 €. Accommodation costs vary within the range from . 35 zl. (9)
to 170zl. (42€) a night.
- We intend to publish the proceedings of the conference. Further details will
be provided in the next circular.

Scientific Committee: Jan Kortas, Joanna Jereczek-Lipinska, Gilles Quentel
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