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  • Summer course for mother tongue teachers in Reykjavík on 12-13 September

    11. september 2014

    ModurmalThe Mother Tongue Association, the Polish School and the Preschool Holt organize a summer course for mother tongue teachers. The program is entitled Language Stimulation in Diverse Groups and will take place on 12-13 September in Hólabrekkuskóli grammar school in Reykjavík.

    See program and lecturers.

    To sign up, click here.

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  • Call for Papers for the Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference, 26-28 November 2014

    11. september 2014

    A conference on Nordic Intercultural Communication will be held at the University of Iceland 26-28 November 2014, as part of the network Nordic Intercultural Communication (NIC).

    The NIC 2014 conference will discuss Intercultural Communication from various standpoints, such as :

    • Intercultural Communication in Academia
    • Language, Culture and Communication within the Nordic Region
    • Intercultural Communication and Translation


    Other topics and themes related to intercultural communication are also welcome.

    Those who wish to participate are invited to submit their abstracts (max. 300 words) before 1 October 2014 to gudrunkr@hi.is

    Keynote speakers are:

    • Daniel Everett, Professor of Sociology and Global Studies, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts.
    • Andreas F Kelletat, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germersheim, Germany.
    • Karen Risager, Professor Emerita at the University of Roskilde, Denmark.


    For abstracts of the keynote lectures and other information, please consult the conference website, http://conference.hi.is/nic-2014/

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  • Lecture on Distant Reading in Literary Theory, Thursday 11 September

    05. september 2014

    Viola MiglioViola G. Miglio, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and Affiliate Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Iceland, will give a lecture entitled “You can't read if you can't count: New approaches to (medieval, Icelandic, etc.) literature”.

    Many different approaches to literature have recently sprouted under the auspices of the digital humanities, possibly the most common buzz-phrase in contemporary Academia in the U.S. Among these, perhaps Franco Moretti's Distant Reading approach has turned most heads in wonder, approval, or disgust. Be that as it may, Moretti's quantitative methods cannot be easily dismissed, as his winning of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for literary criticism clearly attests. In this lecture, I would like to show that even those of us who were raised as old-school philologists can find solace, use and relevance for quantitative methods in our linguistic or literary approaches to discourse (be it fictive or not). Examples will be drawn from current work on authorship attribution, as well as my work with Stefan Th. Gries on tense switches in Hrafnkel's saga.

    The lecture will take place on Thursday 11 September at 12:00 in room 101 in Oddi at the University of Iceland.

    Viola G. Miglio is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She heads the Iberian Linguistics graduate program, her department's Phonetics Lab and holds the Barandiaran Endowed Chair of Basque Studies at UCSB. She works on the intersection between literature and linguistics, such as discourse analysis, Romance and Germanic languages, language change, Basque studies and translation. She is honored to have been recently appointed an Affiliate Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Iceland (2014).

    Admission is free and all are welcome.

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