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Corpus and Genre in English for Academic Purposes

Modena, 12-13 April 2012

Research on English for Academic Purposes (EAP) has shown an increasing interest in the developments in corpus linguistics and genre analysis over the last two decades. The major contribution to EAP has come in the description of the specific features of academic discourse.

The joint contribution of corpus-based studies and discourse analytical methods can be seen as one of the reasons for the current burgeoning of EAP studies, with important repercussions on didactic approaches. A significant development in this respect is the recent change of focus from EAP teaching to EAP learning.

The Seminar intends to focus on such issues in order to provide a better definition of the methods of investigation of academic English, the tools, the approaches, the new perspectives, bringing together two complementary strands of linguistic investigation - corpus analysis and genre analysis. The Seminar purports to describe the extent to which the English language and generic resources are creatively exploited in academic discourse, variously responding to or determining new scenarios, with a special interest in technological developments which have radically changed the way knowledge is disseminated across academic communities.

In particular, contributions are invited, focusing on the following themes:
1. Genre and textual analysis in EAP
2. Corpus analysis in EAP
3. Contrastive EAP rhetoric
4. Pedagogical implications in EAP
5. English as Lingua Franca in academic settings
6. Translation and terminology in EAP.

The Seminar is held by the CLAVIER (Corpus and Language Variation In English Research) group, a research centre founded by the Universities of Bergamo, Firenze, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Roma 'Sapienza', and Siena, currently based in Modena.

One of the purposes of the Seminar is to reinforce national and international cooperation with scholars and research centres that can widen and complement the interest in English for Academic Purposes both in quantitative and qualitative terms.

The Seminar will offer two plenary sessions, a round table and parallel sessions restricted to a maximum of 20 talks.

The Seminar will start early in the afternoon on Thursday 12 April and close around 5 pm on Friday 13 April, after a round table in which participants and invited speakers will discuss theoretical and methodological issues emerged from the papers presented in the previous sessions.

For the plenary lectures the following keynote speakers have accepted to participate:
Dr. Maggie Charles (Oxford University Language Centre)
Dr. Rosa Lorés Sanz (University of Zaragoza)


The number of participants will have to be restricted to a maximum of 50.


The conference fee amounts to euros 60 (professionals) and euros 30 (students). It includes a conference bag, all tea/coffee breaks and dinner (12th April).


Papers will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 5 minutes for discussion. Working Language: English
Contributions will be accepted on condition that they are relevant to the specific themes of the Seminar.



Please send an anonymous abstract totalling no more than 300 words by January 15th 2012 to the following address: clavier12@unimore.it

Please do not include any self-identifying information on the abstract; indicate only the title and the abstract itself. On a separate cover sheet, include:

Title: Format: (paper/ poster)



Postal mailing address (for primary author):

E-mail (for primary author):


January 15th, 2012: Deadline for receipt of abstracts

February 10th, 2012: Notifications of acceptance/rejection

February 13th, 2012: Programme and Registration open

Participants should register by sending a registration form to clavier12@unimore.it not later than 31st March 2012 ? cancellations should be notified not later than 1st April 2012.
Information on the venue, registration, and hotels can be found on the seminar website at http://clavier.sltt.unimore.it/site/home.html

Julia Bamford (Napoli) - Marina Bondi (Modena and Reggio Emilia) -Nicholas Brownlees (Firenze) - Marina Dossena (Bergamo) - Giuliana Diani (Modena and Reggio Emilia) - Rita Salvi (Roma) -Elena Tognini Bonelli (Siena)

For any additional information, please contact Giuliana Diani at  giuliana.diani@unimore.it




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