LINGUIST List 31.2693

Mon Aug 31 2020

Calls: Anthro Ling, Applied Ling, Socioling/Estonia

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 31-Aug-2020
From: Peep Nemvalts <>
Subject: The 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference on National languages in academic research and higher education
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Full Title: The 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference on National languages in academic research and higher education
Short Title: NatAcLang2020

Date: 07-Oct-2021 - 08-Oct-2021
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Contact Person: Peep Nemvalts
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-May-2021

Meeting Description:

Since the COVID-19 pandemic is showing signs of exacerbation in various parts of the world and travelling remains complicated or even impossible, we have decided to postpone our conference in the hope that the participants will be able to gather in Tallinn on 7–8 October 2021. Having also considered a fully virtual conference, we favour the option of in-person communication. Therefore, the deadline for abstract submission has also been extended. The important dates can be found below. The most actual information of the conference is at any time available at

The European Union promotes multilingualism and cultural diversity. However, English has become a predominant language in scientific research and publishing, whereas the internationalisation of higher education is often reduced to using more and more English as a language of instruction at universities.

The Centre for Academic Estonian at the Tallinn University gladly invites to the second international conference National languages in academic research and higher education. The conference is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Estonia and the European Association for Terminology.

The aim of the event is to confer on the current situation of national languages in the globalising world of science, dealing with every kind of achievements and problems of using national or state languages in academia. We welcome discussion on contemporary tendencies of using diverse mother tongues for academic research and higher education of any speciality, and on different solutions on how to reach a sustainable balance between national and international, multilingual scientific work and communication.

Keynote speakers:
Prof Annette de Groot, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Prof Rainer Enrique Hamel, Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico
Dr Kerttu Rozenvalde, Latvian Language Agency, Latvia
Prof Vera Schwach, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Norway

Call for Papers:

We kindly invite contributions on topics that include, but are not limited to:
- inter-language impact on (specialised) vocabulary and grammatical structure
- interaction of academic and general language within a national language
- characteristics of language in university textbooks (excl. English)
- usage of a national language in theses or their summaries (if the thesis is written in English or other non-national language) of any level of higher education
- how to create scientifically precise and fluent academic texts and how to teach academic language
- developing and disseminating scientific terms in a national language other than English
- translating and editing of scientific texts
- developments in national or state language policies for academic research and higher education

Abstracts for a 20 min (+ discussion) paper or poster (A0, A1) are welcomed in either .docx or .odt format. The abstract should not exceed 2500 characters (excl. references). Please submit your abstract to and specify whether you would prefer to present a talk or poster or have no preference.

We welcome proposals for symposia or workshops (both 60–90 min). A symposium is preferably a scholarly debate over ideas, theories etc.; in a workshop you search solutions for a certain task (e.g., coining new terms, improving the termstock* of a subject field, renewing or creating a university course or curriculum of an academic language, excl. English). The initiator is expected to enrol 2–3 co-participants, others are welcomed to propose their contributions.

NEW Important Dates:
April 15, 2021: Proposals for symposia or workshops; April 25, decision
May 15, 2021: Abstract submission deadline
June 18, 2021: Notification date

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