LINGUIST List 32.1187

Fri Apr 02 2021

Confs: Applied Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 01-Apr-2021
From: Sylvie De Cock <>
Subject: 2021 PLIN Day - “Linguistics applied to Business Language in a multilingual and multicultural world”
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2021 PLIN Day - “Linguistics applied to Business Language in a multilingual and multicultural world”
Short Title: 2021 PLIN Day

Date: 07-May-2021 - 07-May-2021
Location: Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve) (Online), Belgium
Contact: Sylvie De Cock
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The PLIN Day is an annual one-day thematic conference hosted by the Linguistics Research Unit of the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). The conference has established itself over the years as an international forum for the exchange of ideas among scholars and has brought together researchers from all over the world.

The 2021 PLIN Day will take place on Friday, May 7 and is devoted to “Linguistics applied to Business Language in a multilingual and multicultural world”. It offers academics, professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate students an excellent opportunity to access, share and discuss cutting-edge research in the field. The following (non-exhaustive) list of themes will be covered this year:
- The use of (corpus) linguistic methods in the study of organizational communication and/or the characteristics of business language
- Research on techniques and practices for clear and simple communication within organizations. This includes techniques for simplifying documents issued by organizations in order to enhance accessibility.
- The challenges of the use of ''English as a lingua franca'' in organizational communication and, more generally, of communication in English between native and non-native speakers within organizations.
- Intercultural communication in multilingual business communication

The core of the conference will consist in keynote sessions but participants will also have the opportunity to present their most recent research and/or work in progress during a ‘short papers’ session.

Keynote speakers:
- Isabelle Clerc, Université de Laval
- Thierry Fontenelle, European Investment Bank
- Michael Handford, Cardiff University
- Geert Jacobs, Universiteit Gent

Program Information:

Registration is now open (and free) for the 2021 PLIN Day
Friday May 7h, online

The core of the conference will consist in four keynote sessions and 22 ‘short paper’ presentations organized in 2 sessions of 3 parallel tracks:
Morning sessions:
-Keynote: Geert Jacobs (Universiteit Gent): How to make free trade cool (again): A metapragmatic analysis
-Keynote: Michael Handford (Cardiff University): Corpus linguistic approaches to business English
-‘Short paper’ parallel sessions

Afternoon sessions:
-Keynote: Thierry Fontenelle (European Investment Bank): Translation and multilingual communication at the European Investment Bank
-Keynote: Isabelle Clerc (Université de Laval) : Comment estimer l’efficacité communicationnelle à l’écrit : Le cas de lettres adressées par le ministère de la Santé publique du Québec à des sinistrés
-‘Short paper’ parallel sessions

More information :

We look forward to welcoming you on May 7!

The organizing committee
Sylvie De Cock, Thomas François, Philippe Hiligsmann, Adeline Müller, Tran Hanh Trang Pham, Laura Penha-Marion (Université catholique de Louvain)

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