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Sat Nov 26 2011

Confs: Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis/Malaysia

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        1.     Dr. Krishnavanie Shunmugam , University of Malaya Discourse and Society Conference


Message 1: University of Malaya Discourse and Society Conference
Date: 24-Nov-2011
From: Dr. Krishnavanie Shunmugam <umdsc2012um.edu.my>
Subject: University of Malaya Discourse and Society Conference
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University of Malaya Discourse and Society Conference
Short Title: UMDS 2012


Date: 27-Jun-2012 - 29-Jun-2012
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: Dr. Krishnavanie Shunmugam
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis

Meeting Description:

University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society
Transforming Scholarship: Setting a New Agenda for Language Learning and Research
Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, 27-29 June, 2012

The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Malaya is pleased to announce the third University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society (UMDS 2012).

The aim of this conference is to go beyond conventional papers and presentations, and to set a new agenda for research and scholarship in the study of language, with the focus on discourse and society. Firstly, it is not restricted to academic research, but seeks to bring together scholars, theoreticians and practitioners from different disciplines and professional fields to exchange ideas and offer new perspectives and directions in research on discourse and society. The meeting of the two different worlds of academic knowledge and professional experience is intended to lead both sides to a richer understanding of how language functions in contemporary society.

Secondly, the conference will be multidisciplinary in nature; the participation of practitioners from various fields is intended to provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue which will enable us to engage in and make sense of the discursive practices of the professional world. At the same time, linguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis will provide the approaches and analytical tools to help make sense of the meaning-making process involved in this kind of interaction.

Finally, the new agenda is intended to provide a way forward for academics working on language from different disciplinary perspectives, particularly those at an early stage in their careers. Items on the new agenda include working with colleagues who possess complementary skills in related disciplines, and bringing academic research out of the university and into the community, the world of business and the world of professional practice.

The conference will end with a round table discussion to draw up a new agenda with a timetabled action plan. The agenda will include new proposals for the teaching of language in its various forms at the university level. It is hoped that the conference will open up new areas of research into language as a discourse and an as an academic subject in addition to bringing forth new approaches to the study of language which will be able to provide meaningful input into language teaching and learning and curriculum design for programmes in languages and linguistics.

Details would be confirmed later.



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