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Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes Bergen 2017

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:50pm to Friday, June 30, 2017 - 11:50pm

21st Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes

Bergen, Norway 28-30 June 2017

Conference theme

Interdisciplinary knowledge-making: challenges for LSP research

The complexity of many of today’s societal challenges calls for new methodological approaches and research questions also within LSP/professional discourse studies. We therefore believe that an LSP conference dedicated to interdisciplinary knowledge-making is a timely undertaking.

The European Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes has for four decades been a key venue for LSP research and an important meeting ground for researchers and practitioners from around the world. LSP2017 offers the possibility to discuss the challenges and opportunities of LSP with an international audience and learn about cutting edge research within a range of topics such as domain-specific language, specialized translation, professional communication within businesses, organisations and academia, terminology and related technology, corpus studies, language policies and related socio-cultural issues.

Areas for submissions include - but are not limited to:

-          Domain-specific language use (in domains such as energy, climate change, business, law, medicine, etc.)

-          Technical/specialised translation

-          Professional communication

-          Theoretical and methodological issues of LSP research

-          LSP teaching and training

-          Terminology in theory and practice

-          Corpus-studies for LSP practice and research

-          Multilingualism, language policies, and socio-cultural issues of LSP

-          Science communication

-          Language for specific purposes in specific languages, countries or regions of the world

Keynote speakers

Kjersti Fløttum, University of Bergen, Norway
Maria Teresa Musacchio, University of Padova, Italy
Paul Thompson, University of Birmingham, UK

Presentation formats

We invite submissions of abstracts for papers, posters and workshops/colloquia on any topic relevant to the conference theme. 

Full papers will be allowed 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. Posters (max. size A0, portrait format) will be on display throughout the conference.

Submission of abstracts

Abstracts should be maximum 300 words (exclusive of references) and should state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Please submit abstracts via EasyAbs:

Proposals for workshops/colloquia should be sent directly to the organisers at

Contact information

21st Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes


Date:              28-30 June 2017

Place:             NHH, Bergen Norway


Organising committee: Gisle Andersen, Trine Dahl, Maja Dame, Marita Kristiansen


Important dates

31 December 2016       Submission deadline for abstracts

15 February 2017          Notification of acceptance

15 April 2017                   Early-bird registration deadline

31 May 2017                   Registration deadline

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