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The research institute IULMA at the University of Alicante organizes the 34th International Conference of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics (AESLA), to be held from 14 to April 16 2016, which is called Professional and Academic Discourse: an Interdisciplinary Perspective. In this edition, the Conference will focus on the relationship between the different streams of professional and academic discourse in order to analyse the various proposals that in certain areas and perspectives (humanities, science, society, etc.), converge in a general framework that can be labelled "professional and academic discourse." In this sense, the Conference will deepen the links between languages and professions, characterized by specific linguistic and discursive structures and, in most cases, restricted to small groups of users.

The general objectives are:

  • To present developments in the field of professional and academic languages that are being made within AESLA.
  • To discuss solutions to current problems generated by the specificity of professional and academic languages, especially problems regarding communication  and social and technological development.
  • To linking research in specialized languages with productive and business areas of society.
  • To relate advances in research in specialized languages to new technologies of communication.
  • To develop models for the application of advances in the knowledge of professional and academic languages in the educational, social and technical areas.

Plenary Speakers

AESLA 2016 is pleased to welcome the following plenary speakers who have already confirmed their participation:

Thematic panels

The Organizing Committee of AESLA 2016 invites scholars and researchers to submit paper and poster proposals (abstracts) related to the theme of this edition, within any one of the following thematic panels established by AESLA:

  • Language acquisition
  • Language teaching
  • Language for specific purposes
  • Language psychology, child language and psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Corpus linguistics, computational linguistics and linguistic engineering
  • Lexicology and lexicography
  • Translation and interpreting


IULMA Telephone: +34 95909579
Fax: +34 95903800

Twitter: @aesla_twit

Chelo Vargas Sierra (AESLA 2016)
University of Alicante
Depart. of English Studies
Apdo. 99
03080 Alicante
Telephone: 965903438
Twitter: @chelovargas

34th AESLA International Conference (AESLA 2016)

Universidad de Alicante
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Alicante (Spain)

Tel: (+34) 96 590 9579

Fax: (+34) 96 590 3800



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