Meetings/Workshops on Linguistics in the United Kingdom
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MILCC — Mutual Intelligibility: Language, Culture, Cognition
24 Jun 2021 - 25 Jun 2021 • University of Surrey (Hybrid Format), United Kingdom
Our timely inter-disciplinary two-day conference is the first of its kind to examine mutual intelligibility from cultural and cognitive as well as linguistic perspectives. By bringing together researchers from a range of fields, this workshop aims to provide a foundation for the development of multi-disciplinary research projects on mutual intelligibility. The goal is to gain a broader understanding of this significant and complex global phenomenon, and identify how various theoretical and empirical research methods can be combined in future research.
Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics; Translation
DN27 — Language Ideologies and Political Discourse
12 Jul 2021 - 14 Jul 2021 • Milton Keynes (Virtual), United Kingdom
Ideologies regarding the social value of languages and discourses are contested, especially in times of political polarisation. Whether it be political rhetoric valorising certain languages over others in social media messages of populist leaders, activism promoting the revitalisation of minoritised languages or the hegemony of colonial languages in academic publishing, we can observe how language ideologies are constructed, and how they permeate every public domain. With this conference, we aim to explore the intersections between language ideology and political discourse, understanding both notions in their broadest terms, and to find tactical solutions to prevent a language ideological meltdown of political discourse; i.e. a politicisation of essential understandings of language as belonging to specific people and not to others. The conference thus aims to open up a critical space in which we can explore ideological discourses that make the indexical links between language and politics meaningful, aiming, ultimately, to reposition ourselves and our research within the very same political discourse that we investigate.
CenTraS UCL / CATIC — International Symposium on Translation and Interpreting as Social Interaction: Affect, Behaviour and Cognition
16 Jul 2021 - 19 Jul 2021 • University College London, United Kingdom
Centre for Translation Studies (CenTraS), UCL / China Association for Translation, Interpreting and Cognition (CATIC)
To understand the entirety and complexity of translation and interpreting as social interaction, it is important to explore the interplay between translators’ and interpreters’ affect, behaviour and cognition, be it from the theoretical, empirical, or methodological perspective.
The Once and Future English
10 Mar 2022 - 12 Mar 2022 • London, United Kingdom
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA
This conference begins with the notion that English is today used by about 1.5 billion people, less than a third of whom speak it as their first language. This minority-majority reversal has significantly impacted the grammatical characteristics of English, the demographics of the Anglophone population, the domains in which English is used, and attitudes towards the language, which has been described both as a venue for increased global communication and as a cultural and economic predator. The history of the language is being rewritten as well, from one defined by conventional periodization and the triumph of English as a Germanic language, to one that has reoriented the historical and contemporary significance of the language’s traditional homelands. The Once and Future English asks the question: How will English’s present and past look to future speakers?
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Last updated: 23 February 2021