Call for Papers

Date:
17-20 June, 2010
Location:
Irkutsk, Russian Federation
Contact Person:
Linguistic Field(s):
General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Semiotics; Interaction Studies; Applied Linguistics; SLA

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Call for Papers

The aim of the conference is to pursue dialogue between applied linguists and theoreticians about methodological issues in linguistic education. In the era of globalization, when political and administrative borders in the educational sphere are brought down, issues of international and intercultural communication in different professional areas become even more acute. There is a growing demand to increase the efficiency of higher learning educational programs called upon to enhance the second or foreign language communicative competence of would-be specialists. Yet it is no secret that the existing methods of teaching a foreign or second language are far from being satisfactory in terms of expected efficiency. This is symptomatic of a general methodological problem: we lack holistic understanding of how natural language shapes the cognitive domain of human interactions. The conference aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion of the problem in the cognitive/linguistic community.

Keynote Speakers:
Nikolai Boldyrev, Tambov State University, Russian Federation
Stephen Cowley, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Seiichi Imoto, Hokkaido University, Japan
Per Linell, Linkoping University, Sweden University, Sweden
Viktor Vinogradov, Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences

Venue Description:
The City of Irkutsk is a major cultural and educational center in Eastern Siberia. Founded in 1661 at the junction of two rivers, the Irkut and the Angara, it has a rich history and boasts a unique combination of old wooden and modern architecture, numerous museums, picturesque landmarks, and, above all, is a gateway to one of the greatest wonders of the world - Lake Baikal.

Call for Papers

Submissions for 20-minute general session talks, as well as theme session proposals, are invited on any of the topics in the following areas:

  • Conceptualization and categorization of linguistic interactions
  • Integrationist approach to language and its implications for linguistic education
  • Distributed language and cognition: implications for professions
  • Semiotics of linguistic interactions and virtuality of verbal patterns: what makes communication possible?
  • Ecological approaches to language: dialogue as bio-socio-cultural activity
  • Cognitive dynamics of second language acquisition: an alternative to the code model

A one-page abstract of maximum 500 words (including references) for general session talks, or a theme session proposal of 1,000 words, should be sent by email to sashakr@isea.ru and taverkh@mail.ru. Please put "CDLI-2010" in the subject field of your message.

Extended Call Deadline: theme session proposals - 15 January 2010, abstract submission - 31 January 2010. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 28 February 2010 for theme session proposals, and by 15 March 2010 for stand-alone papers.

International Program Committee:
Alexander Kravchenko, Baikal National University of Economics and Law, Russia
Nigel Love, Cape Town University, South Africa
Chris Sinha, University of Portsmouth, UK
Chris Goldspink, Incept Labs, Sydney, Australia
Peter Jones, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Kalevi Kull, University of Tartu, Estonia

Local organizing committee:
Viktor Samarukha, Baikal National University (Chair)
Maria Popova, Irkutsk State Technical University (Co-Chair)
Tatiana Skopintseva, Irkutsk State Rail Engineering University (Co-Chair)
Tatiana Verkhoturova, Irkutsk State Linguistics University (Conference Secretary)
Alexander Igrushin, Baikal National University (Visa Application Support)

Conference events will include:
Conference dinner, excursions about the city and to an architecture and ethnography museum in the settlement of Taltsy by the River Angara. After the conference, on 20 June: a one-day train trip on the scenic Circum-Baikal Railroad that will give you a load of unforgettable memories.





Co-Organizers
Irkutsk State University of Railway Engineering
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