[lg policy] call: Plurilingualism & Labour Market, Quality Communication

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 17 14:43:44 UTC 2012

Plurilingualism & Labour Market, Quality Communication
Short Title: P&LM

Date: 25-Oct-2012 - 26-Oct-2012
Location: Udine, Italy
Contact: Sara Vecchiato
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://plurilingualismlabourmarketudine.wordpress.com/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The two-day conference is organized by the Department of Modern
Languages and Literatures and the International Centre for the Study
of Plurilingualism of the University of Udine, Italy, in cooperation
with Do.Ri.F.-University, and is part of a series of initiatives
organized by Do.Ri.F on the broad theme of plurilingualism in the
labour market.

Like pluriculturalism, plurilingualism in the labour market has often
been analyzed as a cause of misunderstanding and management
difficulties, opening the way to the discipline of 'intercultural
management'. However, plurilingualism is also studied as a personal
and professional resource for the European citizen (see the recent
conference 'Multilingual Competences for Professional and Social
Success in Europe' organized in Warsaw in September 2011, by the
presidency of the European Council).

Plurilingual practices involve several professionals in guaranteeing
an optimal quality of communication among company members, and between
the company and its clients. On the one hand, as a result of
international migration, significant demographic changes are altering
the structure of the Italian population, notably in the North-East
(see the Italian National Institute for Statistics ISTAT demographic
indicators, 2010 and 2011). On the other hand, it is one of the most
significant features of globalization today, that business
internationalization compels communication with more and more
counterparts abroad. The emergence of 'global English' or 'Globish' is
one of the possible answers to these communicative needs, and its use
can intersect local languages. Linguistic and cultural perspectives in
the workplace are particularly challenging where communication and
cooperation are crucial, in activities such as human resources
management, safety and security management, and communication with
customers. Effective communication in multilingual and multicultural
contexts is of paramount importance in emergency situations, for
example in healthcare settings.

The conference will be organized as follows: it will open on Thursday
25th with a plenary invited talk by Georges Lüdi. On both days, a
roundtable debate will be followed by scholars' contributions. On
Thursday 25th, the first round table will gather experts and delegates
from companies such as IKEA Italia and Wärtsilä Italia to discuss
plurilingual communication in multilingual settings. On Friday 26th, a
second roundtable will feature among others the PR officers of some
hospitals and healthcare services in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region.
Contributors will be given 20 minutes for presentation, followed by 10
minutes for discussion.


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