20th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop
University of Helsinki, 11th - 13th June, 2008
Linguistic and Multisemiotic Challenges in Europe and the World
Global, European and local perspectives on
1. Language and discourse description from a multisemiotic perspective
2. Teaching majority and minority languages
3. Multilingual and multimodal learning
6. EU linguistic policies and practices
7. Language in the workplace
9. Contrasting speech communities
10. Computer tools for multilingual and multimodal analysis
11. Genres & multisemiotic meaning
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED
The objective of the congress is to bring together international scholars who work in the fields of systemic functional linguistics, social semiotics, and multisemiotic studies. The congress will focus on a central challenge that the field of linguistics currently faces: on the one hand, as the result of the expansion of the European Union, Europeans live in a rich multilingual environment; on the other hand, as Europe and the whole world is becoming electronically united by the Internet, we are experiencing trends towards monolingualism, or at least, the domination of certain languages as world languages. Our daily environment (at work, in education etc.) is changing as the global and local meet. As a result, modes of meaning-making are constantly changing and challenging communicators. Moreover, as the Internet allows multisemiotic expression and virtual presence, language has to compete more and more with other modes of expression.
The congress will be held in University of Helsinki premises that are right in the centre of Helsinki, just a 5-minute walk from the central railway station. The main conference site is Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40b), whilst Thursday's plenaries will be in the University's Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33).
University of Helsinki map -> Faculty of Arts: Metsätalo (Dept. of English), the University's Main Building (dept. of Finnish)
The conference dinner will take place at Restaurant Bank Bar & Bistro (Unionikatu 20) on Friday the 13th at 7pm. The tickets are 45€ each and the menu includes two glasses of red or white wine.
- Registration closes: 31st May, 2008
Any queries should be sent to the following e-mail address: esflcw-2008[at]helsinki.fi
Looking forward to seeing you in Helsinki next summer!