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NatAcLang2020

The European Union promotes multilingualism and cultural diversity. However, English has become a predominant language in scientific research and publishing, whereas the internationalisation of higher education is often reduced to using more and more English as a language of instruction at universities.

The Centre for Academic Estonian at the Tallinn University gladly invites to the second international conference National languages in academic research and higher education, to be held in Tallinn, Estonia. The conference is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Estonia.


The aim of the event is to confer on the current situation of national languages in the globalising world of science, dealing with every kind of achievements and problems of using national or state languages in academia. We welcome discussion on contemporary tendencies of using diverse mother tongues for academic research and higher education of any speciality, and on different solutions on how to reach a sustainable balance between national and international, multilingual scientific work and communication.

We kindly invite contributions on topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • inter-language impact on (specialised) vocabulary and grammatical structure
  • interaction of academic and general language within a national language
  • characteristics of language in university textbooks (excl. English)
  • usage of a national language in theses or their summaries (if the thesis is written in English or other non-national language) of any level of higher education
  • how to create scientifically precise and fluent academic texts and how to teach academic language
  • developing and disseminating scientific terms in a national language other than English
  • translating and editing of scientific texts
  • developments in national or state language policies for academic research and higher education

ABSTRACTS

Call for abstracts

Abstracts for a 20 min (+ discussion) paper or poster (A0, A1) are welcomed in either .docx or .odt format. The abstract should not exceed 2500 characters (excl. references). Please submit your abstract to NatAcLang2020@tlu.ee and specify whether you would prefer to present a talk or poster or have no preference.

We welcome proposals for symposia or workshops (both 60–90 min). A symposium is preferably a scholarly debate over ideas, theories etc.; in a workshop you search solutions for a certain task (e.g., coining new terms, improving the termstock* of a subject field, renewing or creating a university course or curriculum of an academic language, excl. English). The initiator is expected to enrol 2–3 co-participants, others are welcomed to propose their contributions.

*v. Nemvalts, Peep 2018. Coping with the main terms of terminology. In: Terminologija 25. Vilnius: Lietuvių kalbos institutas, pp. 39–54 (http://lki.lt/terminologija-25/).

SPEAKERS

Keynote speakers

Professor
Annette de Groot
Presentation
University of Amsterdam
Netherlands
Professor
Rainer Enrique Hamel
Presentation
Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico
Doctor
Kerttu Rozenvalde
Presentation
Latvian Language Agency
Latvia
Professor
Vera Schwach
Presentation
Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education
Norway
Venue

Tallinn University

About

Tallinn University is the largest university of humanities in Tallinn and the third biggest public university in Estonia. We have almost 7,000 students (with 9.5% of them international), and about 800 employees, including nearly 400 researchers and lecturers.

Wishing to contribute more to the society, we have set a goal to become the promoter of intelligent lifestyle in Estonia. We interpret intelligent lifestyle as making research-based decisions in order to improve the society in general and the well-being of its citizens.

Our five interdisciplinary focus fields are educational innovation, digital and media culture, cultural competences, healthy and sustainable lifestyle and society and open governance.

Location

Narva mnt 25, 10120 Tallinn

Link to Google Maps

DATES

Important dates


June 15, 2020

Proposals for symposia or workshops; June 22, decision


July 31, 2020

Abstract submission deadline


August 15, 2020

Notification date


REGISTER

NatAcLang2020 registration

Participation fee until 31.08.2020 is 100 €.

Participation fee from 01.09.2020 is 145 €.

For students of Estonian universities, attending conference sessions is FREE, but registration is needed.


Please register here

Queries: +372 6199 519 or conference@tlu.ee

Estonia is safe: https://www.kriis.ee/en

The decision will be made in August, on the ground of CoViD-19 situation in the world, if our conference will take place as a safe gathering or semivirtually or will be postponed.

HOTEL

NatAcLang2020 special price

Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn (Narva road 7C)

Special prices are valid on 07‒10.10.2020

Standard room 65 EUR / night, single or double
Superior room 75 EUR / night, single or double

Rate includes rich buffet breakfast, unlimited use of the gym, wireless internet, VAT, coffee / tea making facilities in the room.

Superior category additionally includes safety deposit box, bathrobes and slippers, bottled water on arrival.

Use this link for booking

Booking can also be made through hotels reservations office, using promotional code “NATAC”:
E-mail: Estonia.sales@parkinn.com
Tel: +372 6315 315
Mon–Fri 08.30–17.00

ORGANISERS

Scientific Committee

Kais Allkivi-Metsoja, PhD student - Tallinn University
Merilin Aruvee, PhD student - Tallinn University
Prof. Annekatrin Kaivapalu, University of Eastern Finland
Prof. Birute Klaas-Lang - University of Tartu
Prof. Helle Metslang - University of Tartu
Peep Nemvalts, PhD - Tallinn University (chair)
Halliki Põlda, PhD - Tallinn University
Mari Uusküla, PhD - Tallinn University

Practical arrangement: Tallinn University Conference Centre







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