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Full Title: 2nd International Symposium Language for International Communication

      
Short Title: LInCS2013
Location: Riga, Latvia
Start Date: 23-May-2013 - 24-May-2013
Contact: Natalja Cigankova
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.lu.lv/lincs2013/
Meeting Description: 2nd International Language for International Communication Symposium
LInCS2013: Linking Interdisciplinary Perspectives
May 23-24, 2013
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Symposium website: http://www.lu.lv/lincs2013/

The Department of English Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Latvia is pleased to announce the 2nd International Symposium on Language for International Communication to be held in Riga on 23-24 May 2013.

The symposium, organized as a two-day interdisciplinary conference, endeavours to establish links between disciplines concerned with the instrumental use of language in international communication and with the study of its acquisition, the main focus being on fostering innovative methodological approaches to empirical research.

The aim of the forum is to bring together distinguished scholars, practitioners and novice researchers from different linguistic backgrounds and disciplines for a discussion on the role of languages in international communication in the modern world. We invite researchers from all over the world to share their research results and new ideas at the conference to promote cross-cultural cooperation.

The focus of the forum is on general and applied linguistics’ subfields, such as semantics, pragmatics, text and corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, language acquisition, lexicology, lexicography, translation and interpretation, and the other.

The languages of the symposium are English, French, German and Spanish. Latvian and other European languages are welcome for informal communication at the symposium.

Plenaries:

Language and Humanity: Is It More Than Mere Instinct?
Dr. Teri McCarthy, prof. (USA; a visiting professor at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Lithuania)

The Role of Figurative Language in International Communication
Dr. philol. Anita Načisčione, prof. (Academy of Culture, Latvia)

A Nation Born in Translation
Dr. philol. Andrejs Veisbergs, prof. (University of Latvia, Latvia)

Institutional Language Policy and Practice: Issues of Identity and Inclusion
MSc. Robert Wilkinson (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Applied Linguistics in Latvia: Current Tendencies
Dr. philol. Gunta Roziņa, assoc. prof. (University of Latvia, Latvia)
Dr. philol. Indra Karapetjana, assoc. prof. (University of Latvia, Latvia)
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 23.3812


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