Specialist Languages: Practice and Theory

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Call for Papers
September 16, 2016 to September 17, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Languages, Linguistics, Communication, Business History / Studies, Humanities

Specialist languages were primarily at the centre of interest of foreign language teachers and later translators. Gradually, however, the focus of interest in studies on specialist languages began shifting towards scientific and technical disciplines. The aim was to face the new and urgent needs of the modern world and the challenges of the rapidly changing labour market and – more specifically – to respond to the increasing demand for both specialists in translation and the broadly understood concept of specialist communication. This demonstrates that specialist languages are a multi-dimensional phenomenon and they cannot be limited to one discipline only, which explains why the proposed conference is intended to open multi-disciplinary discussions revolving around three themes:

The first theme covers the didactics of specialist languages. Here we welcome presentations in:

  • the specificity of teaching specialist languages,
  • the application of new methods and technologies in teaching specialist languages,
  • new methodologies and modern solutions in didactics,
  • the development of specialist language teaching programmes, taking account of the individual needs of learners and the requirements of both the labour market and employers,
  • teacher training in the field of specialist languages.

The second theme concerns specialist translatology and it covers the following:

  • problems related the translation of specialist texts,
  • tools used in the translation of specialist texts,
  • methods enhancing the process of translation,
  • the development of databases and comparison of specialist terminology,
  • the extra-linguistic knowledge of the translator and the development of his competences.

The third theme refers to linguistic studies in:

  • types of specialist languages and attempts to define them,
  • comparative studies in the field of specialist languages, including the comparative analyses of the specialist languages and general language,
  • corpus studies, discourse analysis and issues related to the syntax, semantics and stylistics of specialist languages,
  • genre-specific features of specialist languages,
  • specialist languages and the theory of general communication.


We welcome proposals of individual papers (20 minutes), workshops (40 minutes) and discussion panels (60 minutes).

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