2nd HCLS Conference - Translation, Language Contact, and Multilingual Communication (HCLS-C2)

Venue: City University of Hong Kong

Location: Hong Kong SAR, China

Event Date/Time: Aug 13, 2008 End Date/Time: Aug 15, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 31, 2008
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The objective of the conference is to explore (the modelling of) translation, relate it to other forms of communications in contexts of multilinguality, and suggest ways in which translation as process and as product may contribute to language contact. Among relevant questions arising out of this theme are: What are the specific characteristics of translation, as opposed to other forms of text production? And hence, what are possible specific properties of translations as texts? Furthermore, what is the relationship of translation to other multilingual situations of communication? Also, and importantly, are there interesting senses in which we would want to speak of inter-semiotic translations, involving different modalities (music, visual, etc.?). And in what senses, and on which levels, is translation a context and a vehicle of language contact and language change? These questions are meant to illustrate some avenues of thought to be explored in the conference, but many others will no doubt be raised by contributors and participants.

The field is thus excitingly open to, and in need of, interpretation. We invite you to participate in this venture by presenting your thoughts on any aspect relevant to the topic of our conference. Please send abstracts for papers (35 minutes + 5 minutes discussion), approximately 400 words, in MS Word format to HCLS@cityu.edu.hk no later than 31 March 2008. Please show your name, designation, institution and country of residence on a separate page.

Information about a Pre-Conference Institute to be held 11 and 12 August will become available at http://www.hallidaycentre.cityu.edu.hk/HCLS-C2-2008 as soon as possible.

Plenary speakers include Christian Matthiessen, Adriana Pagano, Erich Steiner, Elke Teich, and Chunshen Zhu.


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