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Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Bloomsbury Round Table on Communication, Cognition & Culture, 2009

4th – 5th June, 2009

Birkbeck College, University of London


The Bloomsbury Round Table on Communication, Cognition & Culture is an annual, international event, jointly hosted by adjacent colleges of the University of London, especially Birkbeck College and the Institute of Education, where researchers at different stages of their career are invited to present the latest work in the broad fields of Language, Communication and Cognition. Each year, the Round Table will have a specific focus, but the general theme will remain on the cultural dimensions of human communication and cognition.


The 2009 Bloomsbury Round Table will take place on 4th and 5th June at the Clore Management Centre of Birkbeck College. The Thematic Focus will be on Language and Social Interaction.


The Invited keynote Speakers at the 2009 Bloomsbury Round Table are:


Professor Charles Antaki (Loughborough University): “What Conversation Analysis tells us about people's dealings with each other”

Professor David Block (Institute of Education, University of London): “Engaging with human sociality”

Professor Bencie Woll (University College, London): “The development of sign languages and deaf communities from the perspective of human sociality”


Papers presented at this year’s Round Table will include topics such as:

·         Metaphorical Discourse in Psychotherapy

·         Conversation Analysis of the co-construction of a national cultural stereotype

·         Understanding the role of prolepsis in parents’ interactions with young children

·         Developing rapport in intercultural email communication

·         Ethnopragmatic Construction of Toraja Practical Philosophy

The registration fee for the 2009 Bloomsbury Round Table is £85 (eighty five pounds) per person. A reduced fee of £55 (fifty five pounds) is charged to students and the unemployed, subject to proof of status. Online registration form is available at:


A highly selective number of papers presented at the Round Table, together with other articles, will be published in The Bloomsbury Review of Applied Linguistics in 2010 by Mouton de Gruyter.


Further information can be obtained by contacting Professor Li Wei at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it , Department of Applied Linguistics & Communication, Birkbeck College, University of London.


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