From: Cristina Gómez-Castro <gcastrocunican.es>
Subject: Unplugged: The Word as a New Technology
Full Title: Unplugged: The Word as a New Technology
Date: 23-Nov-2007 - 24-Nov-2007
Location: Santander, Spain
Contact Person: Cristina Gómez-Castro
Meeting Email: congreso.filologiaunican.es
Web Site: http://www.cfilologia.unican.es/
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2007
III Conference of the Department of Philology of the University of
Cantabria Unplugged: the word as a new technology Santander (Spain) 23 &
24, November 2007
The vertiginous speed at which technologies advance and their mass
introduction into the classroom have been a key factor in modern education.
However, excessive or incorrect use of these tools may seriously hinder
communication. Discourse techniques and the language of instruction are
often occupying a mere anecdotal place while the burden of the transmission
of knowledge falls on the system that, by definition, should be an aid. It
is also necessary to reflect upon the cognitive processes that take place
in the transmission of knowledge by means of the word. Some of the
proposals related to this reflection could be: analysis and planning of
resources and discourse procedures; communicative intentions; oral
expression and communication in the classroom; word-building processes;
reception, response and interference; dialogic mechanisms: phonic resources
(intonation, onomatopoeia, etc.), grammar (selection of mode and verbal
forms, emphatic constructions, order of sentence elements, coherence and
cohesion in the discourse, markers, etc.), lexico-semantics (choice of
appropriate vocabulary, synonymy, antonymy, euphemisms, circumlocutions,
etc.), pragmatics (irony, subjectivity, rhetorical questions, verbal
politeness, etc.); discourse moves; the adaptation of oral form to the
In short, the aim is to recover the value of the word in the classroom to
explore the (extra) linguistic relationships between signs, teachers and
students trying to think what is being said and to say what is being thought.
The Conference welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers. Communications will
be followed by 10 minutes of discussion in which all participants are
encouraged to share.
Those interested can send their 200-words proposals by e-mail to the
following address: congreso.filologiaunican.es
The deadline for sending the proposals is the first of October 2007.
Please include the following data:
2. Postal address:
3. E-mail address:
4. Place of work:
5. Title of the proposal:
7. Material needed for the presentation:
For more information go to: http://www.cfilologia.unican.es/
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