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This conference aims to discuss recent developments in academic, professional, institutional registers, and didactic communication as well as the types of specialized vocabularies involved.

The 20th AELFE conference follows previous editions in describing and analysing possible linguistic/communicative disruptions in academic, professional, and institutional contexts, but in this case, we would like to emphasize those developments derived from the pandemic.

Issues such as the intensive use of IT platforms, their influence on our daily professional and academic communication, and the creation of a different proximity that changes the roles of readers, writers, speakers and listeners, will be brought for the fore.

We also want to better understand how the pandemic has changed the way we teach specialized languages. Particular attention, although not the only one in the conference, will be attributed to political discourse, which has hybridized with the emerging medical/health science discourses, while its specialized terms have become the subject of constant disclosure.

The conference will be held at Centro Congressi Le Benedettine, in the very heart of Pisa by Arno river.

How to submit your proposal

In order to reflect on specialistic communication during the pandemic, participants are invited to send their proposals in relation (though not restricted) to the following AELFE research lines, within a synchronic and/or diachronic perspective:

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Genre and discourse
  • Innovation and digital technologies in LSP
  • Teaching methodologies and CLIL / EMI
  • Terminology
  • Translation and interpretation

Participants can send their contributions no more than 250 words, references excluded) in English, French, German, Italian, Portugues and Spanish to

For all submissions, clearly state:

  • Title of the abstract
  • name of the author(s)
  • institutional affiliations of the author(s)
  • Contact email and telephone number of the corresponding author(s)

Important deadlines:

  • End call for proposals: 28th of February 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: 30th of April 2022
  • Registration: From 1th January 2022 to 1th September 2022. No registration fees.