“Language Dynamics and Management of Diversity"

English Language - description, variation and context

WP2 Manager Ruth Wodak is one of the five editors of the new publication "English Language - description, variation and context". This wide ranging and research-led introductory textbook not only presents the English language from multiple perspectives, but provides the reader with the necessary grounding in linguistics to investigate it for themselves.
To learn more, download this PDF document with all further information.

International congress "Ideas of Europe | Ideas for Europe"

The Chemnitz University of Technology is hosting the international congress "Ideas of Europe | Ideas for Europe" in cooperation with academic institutions within Europe and abroad. The congress will take place in Chemnitz, 6-9 May 2009, under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso. Mr Barroso will also be awarded the academic degree Honoris Causa from Chemnitz University of Technology.

Internationally renowned experts in the humanities and social sciences will meet to discuss heterogeneous concepts of European identity from Antiquity to the 21st century. For further information (e.g. programme, abstracts) please visit the congress website
(www.tu-chemnitz.de/ideaseurope) or contact us.

Registrations are still accepted and the form can be found at the congress website under "Registration".

DYLAN: a growing and healthy project

At the end of March, the European Commission has delivered its second review of the Project, and the results of the external reviewers are quite satisfying: DYLAN has been evaluated as "Good to Excellent Project", "carefully worked out, ambitious and innovative", and many positive facets have been stressed by the reviewers. 

It was appreciated that "teams were working continuously on development of research questions and methodological frameworks, and yet despite all this, they also successfully produced first results". Further DYLAN's intense activities in dissemination, its collaboration with related projects and external universities as well as networking with "European institutions and prominent actors at the European Commission" through the Advisory Board were highlighted. The reviewers consider the "overall plan ... convincing, and efficiently managed by the Project Coordinator and the management team."

Languages In a Network of European Excellence

LINEE, the European linguistic Network of Excellence has published his third periodic newsletter, which is downloadable directly at the LINEE website.
DYLAN and LINEE, two main actors in European research on multilingulism, collaborate closely in the preparation of joint recommendations to the European Commission in terms of both future research and policies. Moreover, PhD student exchanges take place between the two projects. 

Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis 2nd Edition

Ruth Wodak's Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis provides a concise, comprehensible and thoroughly up-to-date introduction to CDA, appropriate for both novice and experienced researchers.

This new edition has been updated throughout, with a new introduction contextualizing the development of the CDA approach, and two entirely new chapters on the 'social actor approach' to CDA and the use of quantitative corpus linguistic methods. The editors have brought together contributions from leading experts in the field, who each introduce their own approaches to CDA. Examples are included throughout, demonstrating the value of the method in analyzing a variety of genres of written material on a whole range of topics, including global warming, leadership in management, and globalization.

This book will be of great interest to students and researchers in linguistics, sociology and psychology interested in interdisciplinary approaches to coping with topical social problems.

Colloque "Le français dans l'enseignement universitaire et la recherche scientifique"

En  Suisse,  on  remarque  que,  depuis  quelques  années,  certains  milieux  scientifiques  et académiques  incitent  fréquemment  à  l’usage  de  l’anglais  au  détriment  des  langues nationales  (projets  FNS  à  rédiger  en  anglais,  cours  donnés  exclusivement  en  anglais  dans 
certaines universités ou hautes écoles, titres de diplômes en anglais, etc.). Le  but  de  ce  colloque  est  de  questionner  ces  pratiques  sous  l’angle  des  incidences  qu’elles  pourraient  avoir  à  long  terme  dans  la  recherche  et  l’enseignement,  ou plus généralement sur l’usage et la diversité des langues en Suisse et dans le monde.

Pour avoir plus d'informations, veuillez télécharger le programme ci-joint.

A user-friendly guide for the use of Slovene language in EU institutions, by the University of Ljubljana.

We would like to announce a recent publication made by the Slovene partners of DYLAN. University of Ljubljana scholars Marko Stabej, Mojca Stritar and Jordi Magrinya are three of the 5 authors of this user-friendly guide for the use of Slovene language in EU institutions which was written at the request of Slovene authorities. The short manual, partly based on DYLAN findings, is aimed at Slovene civil servants working in the Council and Parliament. It incorporates both the governmental experience in EU procedures and the results of its analysis carried out by the Ljubljana team, conducted within the DYLAN project. 

Short news in Slovene about the publication can be found here: 

The publication can be downloaded here: 

"The Discourse of Politics in Action" by Ruth Wodak

We are happy to announce a new publication by Workpackage 2 Manager Ruth Wodak. The University of Lancaster scholar presents a book entitled "The Discourse of Politics in Action. Politics as Usual". Here you can find more information.

Call for paper - Sixth International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism

The Sixth International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism will be held at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, on 10-12 September 2009. The aim of the conference is the discussion of topics related to a minimum of three languages.

To learn more about this conference and the sumbission deadlines,
download the PDF document or visit the conference website.

DYLAN CM5 on the UAB Website

DYLAN made the news at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB): The DYLAN project, its consortium meeting in Barcelona and the public session with the participation of city representatives is proudly presented on the university web site:

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