Bilingualism and directionality in translation

12 December 2019, Université Saint-Louis Brussels

Writing in a non-native language, essentially in English as a lingua franca, is a frequent and socially encouraged practice. The situation is different in the translation industry, where translation into L2 (i.e. the translator’s non-native language) is officially discouraged in some Western European countries. Despite this official standpoint, a European survey conducted in 2015 shows that over 50% of the respondents translate into their L2 (mainly English) on a regular basis.

Because of its ambiguous status on the translation market, translation into L2, and more generally, the issue of translation directionality (similarities and differences between the L2 > L1 and L1 > L2 translation directions), has received relatively little attention in translation research to date. The aim of the present workshop is to make a contribution to filling this gap. To gain a comprehensive view of this complex issue, we adopt an interdisciplinary perspective. Assuming that translation creates a situation of bilingualism in which two languages are activated simultaneously, we will draw upon psycholinguistic experimental approaches to bilingualism to shed light on the processing of L1 and L2 as target languages. These insights will be compared with observations obtained in process- and product-oriented translation research as well as in research into L2 writing.

URL: https://www4.usaintlouis.be/4DACTION/WEB_Agendafiche/311/40072

Broadening The Scope of L2 Complexity Research

14-15 November 2019, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for our upcoming colloquium entitled: “Broadening The Scope of L2 Complexity Research”, which will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels) from November 14-15, 2019 (see description below and attached programme). 

The colloquium is open for anyone who is interested in attending but spots are limited, so we kindly ask you to to register by November 1st using the following link:

https://tinyurl.com/L2comcoll

The past 20 years have seen an upsurge of research on linguistic complexity in second language acquisition (SLA) research (often in conjunction with accuracy and fluency; Housen & Kuiken, 2009; Bulté & Housen, 2012). In recent years, this body of research has also been met with criticism (e.g. Pallotti, 2015). Some of these criticisms have included: the fact that the construct of L2 complexity is ill-defined, the lack of construct validity of the L2 complexity measures that have been used, and the fact that L2 complexity research has been too narrow in scope, focusing almost exclusively on complexity phenomena at the lexical and syntactic level, while ignoring other levels of languages such as morphological and phonological complexity or complexity phenomena at the interfaces between the traditional levels of linguistic analysis (e.g. the lexicon-grammar interface; e.g. Paquot, 2019). This two-day workshop is a response to recent calls in the literature (Housen, De Clercq, Kuiken & Vedder, 2018) to expand the construct of, and research on L2 complexity beyond the syntactic and lexical levels. As such, this workshop directly ties in with our own PhD projects, which also aim to expand research on L2 complexity by focusing on complexity in the phraseological domain of learner language and other complexity phenomena at the lexis-grammar interface (cf. Paquot 2018, 2019).
Kind regards, 
Nate Vandeweerd
Rachel Rubin
Alex Housen
Magali Paquot

Novel Perspectives on Communication Practices in Antiquity. Towards a Historical Socio-Semiotic Approach

03-05 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium 

The main aim of this conference, which forms the opening event of the ERC-project ‘Everyday writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt. A socio-semiotic study of communicative variation’ (2018-2023; www.evwrit.ugent.be), is to explore to what extent it is possible and desirable to found a discipline such as historical social-semiotics, parallel to historical socio-linguistics. Such a novel, interdisciplinary approach is particularly relevant for ‘everyday’ documentary texts: since these texts represent autographs, their external characteristics can also be brought into the interpretation. Jean-Luc Fournet (2007), for example, has recently argued for a ‘paléographie signifiante’, noting that ‘l’analyse matérielle d’un document peut être porteuse de sens’ (2007:353), not only when it comes to text type, but also with regard to the socio-cultural context of writing, and the provenance of the document. Other external characteristics to be considered as expressions of social meaning (functioning as ‘semiotic resources’) are – but are not limited to – writing material, document format, and language choice. Their analysis reveals information concerning hierarchy, status and social relations. 

Program: 

Thursday, October 3, 2019 

8:45-9:15: 
Registration 

9:15-9:30: 
Welcome Greetings 

Morning session: Genre and multimodality 
Chairperson: Klaas Bentein 

9:30-10:00: 
Klaas Bentein (Ghent University) 
Introduction 

10:00-10:30: 
Sarah Béthume (INCAL/CEMA, UCLouvain) 
“The ‘exposed writings’: how the study of the ‘pluricode’ message of ancient Greek inscriptions can shed light on the archaic and classical dialectal variation” 

10:30-11:00: 
Nicola Reggiani (University of Parma) 
“Towards a socio-semiotic analysis of Greek medical prescriptions on papyrus” 

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break 

11:30-12:00: 
Francesca Murano & Mariarosaria Zinzi (University of Florence) 
“A social-semiotic analysis of Greek defixiones from South Italy” 

12:00-12:30: 
Jimmy Wolfe (The Ohio State University) 
“Imagining faith: images, scripts, and texts of early Christian inscriptions from the Roman Near East” 

12:30-14:00: Lunch Break 

Afternoon session: Texts and intra-semiosis 
Chairperson: Yasmine Amory 

14:00-14:45: 
Key-note speaker, Antonella Ghignoli (Sapienza – University of Rome) 
“This is the catalogue! A so far unknown latin documentary papyrus from 6th century Italy” 

14:45-15:15: 
Martti Leiwo (University of Helsinki) 
“Hands and language in ostraca letters from Roman praesidia in Egypt” 

15:15-15:45: 
Giulio Iovine (University of Naples “Federico II”) 
“Descriptum et recognitum. A survey of Latin closing and acknowledging formulae in Latin and Greek papyri and ostraca” 

15:45-16:15: Coffee Break 

16:15-16:45: 
Antonia Apostolakou (Ghent University) 
“How to sign a contract in Late Antique Egypt: a study of linguistic variation” 

16:45-17:15: 
Simona Russo (Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli”) 
“Rome as New York, fashion capital?” 

* Reception at Alice 

Friday, October 4, 2019 

Morning session: Sociolinguistic variation 
Chairperson: Mark Janse 

9:15-10:00: 
Key-note speaker, James Clackson (University of Cambridge) 
“Standard languages, language standards and language norms in the Greco-Roman world” 

10:00-10:30: 
Polina Yordanova (University of Helsinki) 
“Тhe forest’s broken branches: discontinuity in Greek word order in documentary papyri from III c BCE to III c CE” 

10:30-11:00: 
Alek Keersmaekers (UK Leuven) 
“Sociolinguistic variation in the Greek papyri: a corpus-based, bottom-up approach” 

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break 

11:30-12:00: 
Emmanuel Roumanis & Geert De Mol (Ghent University) 
“The Abinnaeus archive: lexical and orthographic features” 

12:00-12:30: 
Alessandro Papini (Ghent University) 
“A preliminary investigation on the graphemic oscillations in Italian Latin inscriptions of the Republican age” 

12:30-14:00: Lunch Break 

Afternoon session: Visual and material aspects of texts 
Chairperson: Joanne Stolk 

14:00-14:45: 
Key-note speaker, Jean-Luc Fournet (Collège de France – EPHE) 
“Beyond the text: the contribution of the ‘paléographie signifiante’” 

14:45-15:15: 
Marco Stroppa (Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli”) 
“Big & small: the size of documents as a semiotic resource for Graeco-Roman Egypt?” 

15:15-15:45: 
Nina Sietis (Sapienza – University of Rome) 
“Abbreviations in Greek documentary texts. A case study of ‘significant palaeography’” 

15:45-16:15: Coffee Break 

16:15-16:45: 
Eleonora Conti (Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli”) 
“Spread and persistence of Latin document features in some Greek letters of high chancery on papyrus” 

16:45-17:15: 
Yasmine Amory (Ghent University) 
“Visual signs of deference in Late Antique letters” 

17:30: 
Visit at the Archaeological Collection of Ghent University at Het Pand 

19:30: Dinner at Sint Jorishof (optional, pre-reservation required) 

Saturday, October 5, 2019 

Morning session: Multimodal aspects of writing 
Chairperson: Giovanbattista Galdi 

9:15-10:00: 
Key-note speaker, Mark Depauw (UC Leuven) 
“Splitting words in Greek letters and petitions. Quantitative research based on Trismegistos” 

10:00-10:30: 
Joanne Stolk (Ghent University/University of Oslo) 
“The social meaning of scribal corrections in final versions of papyrus letters”

14th International Colloquium on Late and Vulgar Latin (LVLT14)

31 Aug – 04 Sep 2020, Ghent, Belgium

The 14th International Colloquium on Late and Vulgar Latin (Latin vulgaire – latin tardif XIV) will be held at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Ghent University (Belgium) from Monday, August 31 to Friday, September 4, 2020. It will be organized by the Latin section and the research group DiaLing at the Department of Linguistics, under the auspices of the Comité international pour l’étude du latin vulgaire et tardif (http://www.unibg.it/lvlt). 

The colloquium will be held in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Latin. As per tradition, it will be devoted to all linguistic aspects of late, informal, non-standard and colloquial Latin (including the transition from Latin to Romance). 

Papers will be limited to 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion. A peer-reviewed selection of papers will be published in one or two volumes. 

Members of the local organising committee are: 

– prof. Giovanbattista Galdi (UGent) 
– prof. Jeroen De Keyser (KU Leuven) 
– prof. Mathijs Lamberigts (KU Leuven) 
– Simon Aerts (UGent) 
– Alessandro Papini (UGent) 

In memory of József Herman (1924–2005), his widow Marianne Bakró-Nagy and the Comité international pour l’étude du latin vulgaire et tardif have established a prize for the best contribution by a young researcher at the biennial International Colloquium on Late and Vulgar Latin (Latin vulgaire – latin tardif). The prize consists of a diploma and €500 (https://www.lvlt14.ugent.be/general/herman-award/). 

For all further and future information, please visit the website of the colloquium at https://www.lvlt14.ugent.be. For any additional questions you may have, please contact the organisers at lvlt14ugent.be 

We look forward to meeting you in Ghent in 2020. 

6th European and 9th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication

September 9-10 2019, University of Leuven

The 6th European and 9th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication aims to provide a multidisciplinary forum for researchers from different disciplines who study multimodality in human communication as well as in human-computer interaction. The 2019 edition of the MMSYM symposium is organized by the MIDI research group (Multimodality, Interaction & Discourse) based at the Linguistics Department of the University of Leuven, Belgium.

The symposium follows up on a tradition established by the Swedish Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 1997 until 2000, and continued by the Nordic Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 2003 to 2012. Since 2013 the symposium has acquired a broader European dimension, with editions held in Malta, Estonia, Ireland, Denmark and Germany. This year the symposium will be held in Belgium for the first time.

The past ten years have witnessed a spectacular increase in research on multimodal communication from a variety of perspectives and (sub)disciplines, including (corpus) linguistics, conversation analysis, human-computer interaction research, and (critical) discourse analysis. This has not only led to a range of novel insights into the dynamics of embodied and situated communication (see e.g. Müller et al. 2013, 2014 for an overview), but has also been the catalyst for the development and implementation of methodological innovations, including the use of high-quality (including multi-angle) video recordings, the integration of input from motion capturing systems, biometric sensor systems and eye-tracking into a multimodal analysis pipeline, the exploration of (semi-)automatic annotation techniques for large-scale corpora, and the implementation of multimodal interaction in computer interfaces. Despite the rapid development of the fields involved, many questions still need to be resolved and new challenges emerge for research on multimodal communication. The MMSYM symposium aims to provide a forum for the discussion of these challenges.

Website: http://mmsym.org

Summer School: Cognitive linguistic applications to second language teaching: From Theory to Practice

21-24 August 2019, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

The workshop aims to provide interested researchers in the field of applied linguistics (PhD students, PostDocs and others) with a strong methodological background on how to test the effectiveness of cognitive linguistic approaches to language teaching by means of classroom-based studies. To this end, the program of the workshop includes both talks reporting the most recent advances in the field and hands-on sessions, requiring the participants to further their own research. Participants will have the opportunity to receive specialized feedback, become familiar with practice examples and actively engage in discussion. The workshop will be held in English, but pedagogical applications for other foreign languages such as Spanish, German and French will be showcased. Researchers working on any foreign language are strongly encouraged to participate.
Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate

Description:
Cognitive linguistic approaches such as cognitive grammar and construction grammar are best suited to elucidate grammar principles that often remain hidden to language learners, since they use imagery and embodied experiences to make grammar’s meaningfulness more transparent to learners. Although their potential is widely accepted, empirical research so far still needs to provide a clear understanding of how these approaches can best be translated into effective teaching practices, especially for languages others than English. In the field of applied linguistics, assessing the effectiveness of such approaches in controlled classroom settings remains an exciting, but challenging endeavor. Therefore, the present workshop addresses some of the questions regarding the testing of cognitive linguistic approaches in the form of interventional studies in classroom settings, such as the following:

– How should the treatment be designed in order to align with the most recent advances in language pedagogy?
– Which study designs are best suited to assess the impact of the treatment?
– How can measurements be constructed and validated?
– Which statistical methods are best suited for the analysis of variables?

Keynote Speakers

Robert Blake (University of California Davis)
Thomas François (Université catholique de Louvain)
Jörg Roche (University of Munich)

Tuition Explanation: Participation is free of charge.

Registration: 10-May-2019 to 15-Jul-2019
Contact Person: Mathieu Lecouvet
Email: mathieu.lecouvet@uclouvain.be

Apply here.

Registration Instructions:
Participants will be required to submit a short abstract about their current research project(s).

Linguistique générale 101. Réflexions sur l’enseignement de la linguistique

3 mai 2019, Namur, Belgium

Journée organisée par le Département de Langues et littératures romanes et par l’Institut NaLTT.

Contact et inscription (souhaitée pour le 26 avril) : lg101@unamur.be.

Affiche et programme <

9h00-9h15

Mot d’accueil de David Vrydaghs, Doyen de la Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres de l’UNamur

9h15-9h30 Mot de présentation par Jean-Louis Vaxelaire (UNamur)

9h30-10h30

Philippe Blanchet (Université Rennes 2)
« Monter un cours magistral d’introduction aux sciences du langage en 1ère année de licence d’information-communication : quelles orientations ? quelles modalités ? Réflexions sur une expérience à l’Université Rennes 2, en Bretagne »

10h30-11h00 Sami Mabrak (Université Lyon 2), Djamel Boukhalet et AbdessamedLamiche (Université Med Boudiaf de M’sila)
« De la convergence à la divergence dans l’enseignement de la linguistique »
11h00-11h30 Pause-café

11h30-12h00

Borko Kovačević, Maja Đukanović & Vesna Polovina (Université de Belgrade)
« Les expériences et les directions possibles du développement de l’enseignement de la linguistique générale »

12h00-13h00 Patrick Charaudeau (Université Paris 13)
« Les possibles raisons de l’invisibilité de la linguistique dans les sciences humaines et sociales »

13h00-14h00

Pause-repas

14h00-15h00

François Rastier (CNRS)
« Linguistique et littérature : « énonciation » ou création ? »

15h00-15h30

Vince Liégeois (Université de Gand) « Vers un Cours de grammaire générative »

15h30-15h45 Pause-café

15h45-16h15

Aurélie Sinte (Université de Namur)
« L’analyse du discours oral au service de l’enseignement universitaire »

16h15-16h45

Laurence Meurant (Université de Namur, LSFB-lab)
« La linguistique générale à l’épreuve des langues signées »

Crossing the Border between Spanish and English: Current Issues, Future Perspectives, Linguistic and Literary Insights

This international congress is a joint initiative of the Research Group CROS of the Department of Spanish and Comparative Romance Linguistics at Ghent University (Belgium) and the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies (Spanish language) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) http://www.cros.ugent.be/ .

The congress will take place at Het Pand (Ghent, Belgium) on 5-6 February, 2019.

Plenary speakers:

Linguistics: Kim Potowski (University of Illinois)
Literary Studies: An Van Hecke (KU Leuven, Antwerpen)
Cultural Studies: Silvia Betti (Università di Bologna)

Program:

A detailed conference program can be consulted on http://www.cros.ugent.be/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/141219_timetable_CROS.pdf

Registration is now open, see: http://www.cros.ugent.be/en/cros-2019-conference/

Language in Webcare: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

22-Nov-2018 – 23-Nov-2018, Ghent, Belgium

With the rise of digital business communication, end-users of products and services can now easily communicate positive and negative feedback to other customers and organizations on social networking and (micro)blogging sites, the sheer amount of which is hard for corporations to monitor, let alone respond to. As negative word-of-mouth on both the issue at hand and the way it has been tackled may have detrimental consequences in terms of reputation and sales (Luo 2009), organizations now have to access these social platforms as well and engage in a very delicate type of online service encounter (i.e. webcare) with the prime intention of nursing customer relationships and monitoring reputation management (Van Noort and Willemsen 2011). The success of this type of interaction depends on many different aspects, including the linguistic realization of both the original message by the customer and the ensuing webcare itself. However, context-specific knowledge on what constitutes the most appropriate, effective communicative strategies during critical moments – both from the customers’ and the companies’ perspective – is lacking (Lee and Song 2010) or proves to be somewhat contradictory.

As organizers of this symposium, we believe that research into the communicative challenges of digital business communication would greatly benefit from an interdisciplinary approach, combining theories and methods from linguistics, service-oriented marketing and public relations (see also Holmqvist et al. 2017; Carnevale et al. 2017). Therefore, this symposium aims to bring together scholars in language, communication and marketing studies who all share an interest in the linguistic and communicative intricacies of online service management. We invite papers focusing on consumer reviews, complaints, webcare and/or crisis communication from different theoretical and methodological perspectives.

We invited five speakers with an expertise in discourse- and communication-related approaches to online consumer complaints, reviews, and webcare: Camilla Vasquez (University of South Florida), Valerie Creelman (Saint Mary’s University), Guda Van Noort (University of Amsterdam), Rob Le Pair (Radboud University Nijmegen), An-Sofie Claeys (University of Leuven).

We ask scholars attending the conference (except for BA and MA students) to pay a registration fee of 100€ (excluding dinner on November 22).

For further information please contact sofie.decock@ugent.be, bernard.declerck@ugent.be and/or rebecca.vanherck@ugent.be.

Program:

The program can be found on: http://www.webcare2018.ugent.be/programme/

CogLing8 programme and registration

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to announce you that the registration for CogLing8 is now open. We kindly request you to register before 15 November through the following link (also available via the conference’s webpage): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlEROqzjyA44yVDQB7pQxTD60cNFJwlN0y8A-UNmgh3GQxrQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

A provisional programme is now available on the conference website https://cogling2018.wordpress.com/

It is still possible to book a hotel room at the university rate via the link provided on our website https://cogling2018.wordpress.com/travel-and-accommodation/. Please note that it is compulsory to use the link and form mentioned on this page in order to obtain the university rate. A limited number of rooms is available in both hotels (please note that the offer for the Ibis hotel is valid only for bookings made before 12 November). Our website also includes a link to other accommodation options in the numerous B&Bs in Louvain-la-Neuve, as well as travel information.

Kind regards,

The organizing committee

Barbara De Cock, Liesbeth Degand, Gaëtanelle Gilquin, Sara Jonkers, Julien Perrez, Kristel Van Goethem