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Full Title: War and Peace in the Life of Language

Location: University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Start Date: 25-Apr-2014 - 26-Apr-2014
Contact: Alan Scott
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Meeting Description: War and Peace in the Life of Language: A Symposium on the Role of Extra- and Intralinguistic Conflicts in the Development of Language Theory and Practice

Language often presents a battlefield upon which conflicts regarding the 'right' and 'wrong' approaches to practice or theory are played out. The prescribed norm of a standardised language may be perceived as being threatened by innovations and external influences, against which concerned language users feel themselves moved to fight or take action. The trauma of war or socio-political tensions can necessitate the taking of measures to regulate the teaching and use of a language. With regard to language pedagogy, linguistic and psychological paradigm shifts can result in conflicting methodologies and lead to new approaches to the learning and teaching of a second language.

In cultural, ideological and military conflict, translation and interpreting may be politicised; they may be used to justify or legitimise positions but also to mediate conflict. In each of these cases, there is a clash between two or more groups, each of which believes that it can claim the one correct variety or philosophy of language or the one correct approach. These conflicts may be inter-generational, or may involve groups of different philosophical, social or political backgrounds. Equally, extra-linguistic conflicts and socio-political tensions inevitably modify the conditions in which language is used, which often serves as a catalyst for the development of new directions in linguistic theory and practice.

Although the majority of the issues mentioned above have received due attention in both scholarly and public discussions, the aim of this conference is to focus on the role of conflict in shaping the development of language theory and practice.

The conference fee will be £30 (£15 for postgraduates).

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Hilary Footitt (University of Reading)
Professor Nikolai Vakhtin (European University, St. Petersburg)
Professor Derek Offord (University of Bristol)
Linguistic Subfield: History of Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Translation; Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.3024

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