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LINGUIST List 23.1891

Mon Apr 16 2012

Confs: Sociolinguistics, General Linguistics/Italy

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Date: 14-Apr-2012
From: Sara Vecchiato <sara.vecchiatouniud.it>
Subject: Plurilingualism & Labour Market, Quality Communication
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Plurilingualism & Labour Market, Quality Communication
Short Title: P&LM


Date: 25-Oct-2012 - 26-Oct-2012
Location: Udine, Italy
Contact: Sara Vecchiato
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://plurilingualismlabourmarketudine.wordpress.com/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The two-day conference is organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the International Centre for the Study of Plurilingualism of the University of Udine, Italy, in cooperation with Do.Ri.F.-University, and is part of a series of initiatives organized by Do.Ri.F on the broad theme of plurilingualism in the labour market.

Like pluriculturalism, plurilingualism in the labour market has often been analyzed as a cause of misunderstanding and management difficulties, opening the way to the discipline of 'intercultural management'. However, plurilingualism is also studied as a personal and professional resource for the European citizen (see the recent conference 'Multilingual Competences for Professional and Social Success in Europe' organized in Warsaw in September 2011, by the presidency of the European Council).

Plurilingual practices involve several professionals in guaranteeing an optimal quality of communication among company members, and between the company and its clients. On the one hand, as a result of international migration, significant demographic changes are altering the structure of the Italian population, notably in the North-East (see the Italian National Institute for Statistics ISTAT demographic indicators, 2010 and 2011). On the other hand, it is one of the most significant features of globalization today, that business internationalization compels communication with more and more counterparts abroad. The emergence of 'global English' or 'Globish' is one of the possible answers to these communicative needs, and its use can intersect local languages. Linguistic and cultural perspectives in the workplace are particularly challenging where communication and cooperation are crucial, in activities such as human resources management, safety and security management, and communication with customers. Effective communication in multilingual and multicultural contexts is of paramount importance in emergency situations, for example in healthcare settings.

The conference will be organized as follows: it will open on Thursday 25th with a plenary invited talk by Georges Lüdi. On both days, a roundtable debate will be followed by scholars' contributions. On Thursday 25th, the first round table will gather experts and delegates from companies such as IKEA Italia and Wärtsilä Italia to discuss plurilingual communication in multilingual settings. On Friday 26th, a second roundtable will feature among others the PR officers of some hospitals and healthcare services in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. Contributors will be given 20 minutes for presentation, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.



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