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Functional Plurality of Language in Contextualised Discourse

Brno, 12-13 September 2019


 The Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic announces The Eighth Brno Conference on Linguistics Studies in English, which will be held in Brno on 12-13September 2019.

 The Eighth Brno Conference will focus on two core aspects in the study of discourse that seem to have recently attracted attention of researchers – the plurality of functions language may perform by a wide range of linguistic means and the role of context in the choice of specific functions and their linguistic realisations.

 We hope to examine the bridges that are being built over the time span between the traditional Jakobsonian concept of language functions, the well-established Hallidayan functional-systemic approach to language, and the modern specialised discourses defined as the specialist use of language in contexts typical of a specialised discourse community “stretching across the academic, the professional, the technical and the occupational areas of knowledge and practice” (Gotti 2008: 24). We believe that this will help us bring new insights into how specialised discourses vary across genres, cultures and times in context.

 We particularly welcome papers and posters on the following topics

• characteristic features of specialised discourse

• new genres of specialised discourse

• pragmatics of specialised discourse

• diachronic changes in specialised discourses

• variation across genres and cultures

• academic discourse

• media discourse

• learner discourse

• English as a lingua franca

 We are pleased to announce that the following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation at the conference:

Josef Schmied, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
Julia Huettner, University of Vienna, Austria
Markéta Malá, Charles University, Czech Republic

A detailed programme of the two-day conference will be available at the conference website after the submission of proposals. For more information on the venue, keynote speakers, programme and other details, visit the conference website: https://katedry.ped.muni.cz/lingvistika. If you have any further queries, please contact us via the conference mail bclse@ucn.muni.cz.

 Selected contributions presented at the conference will be published in a thematic volume or in the linguistic journal Discourse and Interaction. Authors will receive a free copy of the respective publication. All participants will receive the thematic volume.

 The full conference fee is CZK 1800 (€ 70). It includes attendance of the conference sessions, conference pack, coffee breaks and conference dinner, but it does not include accommodation. Conference fee payment will be possible in the period 15 July – 20 August 2019. For more details, visit the conference website https://katedry.ped.muni.cz/lingvistika.

 If you wish to attend the conference, please complete the Online Registration Form (https://goo.gl/forms/JEOLtYmFfTW3GQ022) on the website by 15 May 2019. If you wish to present a paper or a poster at the conference, please indicate the title on the registration form and include an abstract of 200-250 words specifying the scope of research and the methods and data applied. Participants will be notified of acceptance by30 June 2019.


Organising Committee

Olga Dontcheva-Navratilova
Renata Povolná
Martin Adam
Renata Jančaříková
Radek Vogel
Irena Headlandová Kalischová
Irena Hůlková
Martin Němec

Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno Poříčí 9, 603 00 Brno, Czech Republic