MIME researcher Michele Gazzola just published "Multilinguismo ed economia in Italia", in Cabiddu, Maria Agostina (ed.), L'italiano alla prova dell'internazionalizzazione. Milan: Guerini, p. 59-82 (2017).
Nike Pokorn from the University of Ljubljana, MIME co-coordinator, will be delivering one of the keynotes at the International Conference Translation and Language Teaching (Maribor, Slovenia, 7-8 September 2017).
The conference theme is the role of translation in language teaching; it is of major importance to the "multilingual challenge" in general and, of course, to the MIME project.
Training migrants to help as language assistants in asylum proceedings is one of the topics that will be addressed at the Translating Europe Workshop held in connection with EULITA’s conference in Vienna on 30-31 March 2017.
English spoken: The position of "English in Brussels" is an exploratory research day the aim of which is to bring together researchers in any discipline with an interest in English in Brussels.
Rationale: Located in a Germanic dialectal area as attested by all historical toponyms, Brussels has known over the centuries an increasing influence of French that culminated in the 19th century when French became de facto the language of the newly funded Belgian state. That state of affairs discriminated against speakers of Dutch dialects, which led to claims for linguistic equality that is still being pursued through the reforms of the Belgian State. Since 1989, Brussels is officially bilingual (French-Dutch). However this status does not reflect the linguistic diversity of the capital city where over 100 languages are spoken according to the latest “Taalbarometer” (Janssens 2013) nor the influence of English that is the second best known language after French. The presence of English as a world language is well documented in metropolises but it may have found in Brussels a very fertile ground due to the presence of EU- and international institutions but also due to its increasing instrumental value as a lingua franca between French- and Dutch-speaking Belgians.
Submission Guidelines: Abstracts of about 400 words (+ references) to be submitted by 5th March 2017.