Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics

BAAL 2013 will take place at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland’s inspiring and dynamic capital. This year’s conference is organised by the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University.

5-7 September 2013.

Plenary Speakers

Kathryn Woolard, University of California, San Diego

Jannis Androutsopoulos, Universität Hamburg

Svenja Adolphs, University of Nottingham

Conference theme

Over the last number of decades, research in the area of applied linguistics has been transformed by an increasing focus on the social, cultural and linguistic changes brought about by globalisation, increased mobility and transnational flows, new technologies and a changing political and economic landscape. These changes have had major implications for the ways in which we conceptualise the relationship between language and society in the twenty-first century. A new communicative order has emerged in which we find new types of speakers, new forms of language and new modes of communication. The conference theme ‘Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics’ addresses the challenges and opportunities that this new communicative order presents in the field of applied linguistics. To understand the complexity of this new (socio)linguistic reality, the conference explores new lines of communication between sub-disciplines within and beyond the field of applied linguistics.

Deadline for abstracts 1 March 2013

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