LINGUIST List 26.2815

Tue Jun 09 2015

Confs: Applied Ling, Computational Ling, Disc Analysis, Text/Corpus Ling, Socioling/UK

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 06-Jun-2015
From: Christiana Themistocleous <>
Subject: Multilingualism in the Digital Age
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Multilingualism in the Digital Age

Date: 19-Jun-2015 - 19-Jun-2015
Location: Reading, United Kingdom
Contact: Christiana Themistocleous
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Research on multilingualism has grown dramatically in recent years, in terms of quantity, quality and breadth. Studies on multilingualism are both theory-driven and practically-oriented and explore cognitive, educational and social aspects. However, in an era when new technologies are becoming increasingly visible in our everyday lives, research focusing on multilingualism in digital media is still in its infancy.

Digital media have a considerable impact on communicative repertoires in that they promote new forms of literacies and provide alternative communicative dynamics and structures, involving monolingual and multilingual speakers alike. This means that the communicative practices and repertoires of people can potentially be transformed.

The aim of this conference is to explore how and to what extent multilingual people or communities use their various codes in digital environments and what kind of interactional patterns, communicative repertoires and digital literacies emerge.

Plenary Speakers:

- Professor Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King's College London)
- Professor Yaron Matras (University of Manchester)


Registration & Welcome

Key Note Speaker: Yaron Matras (University of Manchester, UK)
Multilingual Repertoires, Social Media, and Ownership of Language

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

Rachelle Vessey (University of Newcastle, UK)
Multilingualism and the Language Politics of Twitter in Canada

D.S. Giannoni (University of Bergamo, Italy)
One Country, One World, One Language? A Survey of Multilingual Content in British University Websites

Yan Liledantec (UCL Institute of Education, UK)
Indigenous Language Revitalisation Online

12.30-14.00 Lunch

Key Note Speech: Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King’s College London, UK)
'More Babel than Convivial Superdiversity?' Contra-(multi)lingualism for the Dramatization of the Eurocrisis on YouTube

José Ramón Calvo-Ferrer (Universidad Católica de Murcia, Spain)
& José Ramón Belda Medina (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
Learning in the Digital Age: The Effect of Technological Affinity on L2 Vocabulary Acquisition

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

Elena Nichele (Lancaster University, UK)
How Can Multilingualism Convey a Foreign Culture? The Case of Barilla on Facebook

Tsai Chi-Cheng (SOAS, UK)
Writing Vernacular Languages Online: A Case Study of Writing Strategies of Taiwanese on Social Network Sites among Young Generation

Aivars Glaznieks & Jennifer-Carmen Frey (Institute of Specialized Communication and Multilingualism, Bolzano, Italy)
“Bitte deutsch schreiben!” Multilingual and Diglossic – A Linguistic Description of South Tyrolean Facebook Users

Closing Remarks & Wine Reception

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