LINGUIST List 24.3074

Mon Jul 29 2013

Calls: Sociolinguistics, Translation, Pragmatics/Czech Republic

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <>

Date: 29-Jul-2013
From: Chryso Hadjidemetriou <>
Subject: English in Business and Commerce: Interactions and Policies
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Full Title: English in Business and Commerce: Interactions and Policies Short Title: EiE_Prague
Date: 21-Mar-2014 - 23-Mar-2014 Location: Prague, Czech Republic Contact Person: Tamah Sherman
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Translation

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2013

Meeting Description:

'English in Business and Commerce: Interactions and Policies'
Dates: March 21 – March 23 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Organised by Charles University in collaboration with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

The theme of the conference is 'English in business and commerce' with a special focus on the Central European region and its languages, though other regions in Europe and elsewhere in the world can be also represented. The aim of the conference is to analyze not only the position of English (and other languages) as declared in documents of various organizations (for example, businesses), that is, language policy, but also everyday linguistic practices as observed in business contexts. The approach of the papers should be primarily grounded in sociolinguistics and/or the sociology of language - papers dealing exclusively with the inner (textual) structure of business genres or which take a linguodidactic approach will not be accepted.

Keynote Speakers:

Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu (Howard University, Washington, DC)
Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki)
Jo Angouri (University of the West of England, Bristol)

Call for Papers:

We invite papers on all topics relating to the theme. This may include but is not limited to:

- Ideologies of English (and other languages) in business and commerce
- Language management and policy in multinational companies and small and medium-sized enterprises
- Everyday interactions in business contexts
- Multilingualism as practiced in companies and its changing constellations
- Specific functions of various languages used in business contexts
- National foreign language teaching policies and employment markets
- Relationships between the language industry and companies in selected countries and regions
- Commodification of English in selected economic spheres
- English as a lingua franca in business contexts
- English in competition with other lingua francas, such as German and Russian
- English in competition with local languages
- Management of the English-language presence in business contexts in local language interactions
- English as a language learned later in life for employment purposes- English in European-Asian economic collaboration

Local Organisers:

Tamah Sherman (Charles University, Institute of General Linguistics)
Jiří Nekvapil (Charles University, Institute of General Linguistics)
Petr Kaderka (Czech Language Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submissions: November 30
Acceptance decision: January 10
Registration: February 1 to February 28

Submission Guidelines:

Please send an anonymous abstract 500 words or less (including references) as an attachment on any of the topics listed above to the conference email address: In your email, include the title of your paper, the name and contact details of the author(s).

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