[lg policy] Call: National Languages in Academic Research and Higher Education

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 28 14:22:52 UTC 2011

National Languages in Academic Research and Higher Education
Short Title: NatAcLang

Date: 29-Aug-2011 - 30-Aug-2011
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Contact Person: Peep Nemvalts
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.tlu.ee/nataclang

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2011

Meeting Description:

The Centre for Academic Estonian in cooperation with Institute of
Estonian Language and Culture at Tallinn University are organising an
international conference 'National languages in academic research and
higher education' (NatAcLang), August 29-30th, 2011. The conference is
supported by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

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

The aim of the conference is to discuss the state of national
languages in the globalising world of science, dealing with every kind
of achievements and problems of using national languages in academia.
The scope of the conference themes is not limited. Topics may include
developments both in language policies for academic research and
higher education in different countries, as well as the influence
across national languages on each other's vocabulary, terminology and
grammatical structure, incl. English impact on the structure of other
national languages.

We welcome discussion on contemporary tendencies of using diverse
languages for academic research and higher education, and on different
solutions how to reach sustainable balance between national and
international scientific production and communication. We also welcome
every kind of study of English impact on the structure and vocabulary
of other national languages, and vice versa.

The working languages of the conference will be Estonian and English
(interpretation will be available).

Call for Papers:

We cordially invite contributions on topics that include, but are not
limited to:

- Language policies for academic research and higher education in
different countries
- Vocabulary, terminology and grammatical structure of scientific and
higher education texts in diverse national languages
- English impact on other national languages used in academia.

Please submit your abstract for a 20 min paper (+ discussion) or
poster proposal not later than 25.4.2011 in either .doc or .pdf format
to e-mail abstract_nataclangtlu.ee The abstract should not exceed 2500
characters (excl. references).

Important Dates:

- Submission deadline: April 30, 2011
- Notification date: May 20, 2011


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