Roma Tre University, Terms and Terminology in the European Context

23 Oct 14 — 24 Oct 14

Roma, Italia

Bando invio contributi


Department of Foreign Languages
Literatures and Cultures
Via del Valco San Paolo
IT-00148 Rome

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University of Rome “Roma Tre” to host conference on 23-24 October 2014. Submission deadline is 30 April 2014.

In recent decades, the dramatic development and continual updating of specialist areas has encouraged the implementation of specific codes of expression that make the transfer of specialized knowledge possible.

This implies change at various levels: in peer-to-peer scientific discourse that has generally switched to an English-only format; at the terminological level, in the assessment of new concepts, terms and definitions; from the perspective of neology and naming; in the popularization of the discourse of science; in language mediation, where translation plays a key role.

Most European countries (in particular those where minority languages with a strong historical and cultural/literary background are spoken), and above all the new EU member states, are developing ambitious projects in order to standardize and harmonize terminology in various fields, above all in the key fields of economy, business, administration, justice, etc.

The growing specialization of peer-to-peer communication in fields where English is the dominant language, the accompanying growth of specialized translation, and, on the other hand, the requirement of less specialized communication favouring the popularization of science in both the L1 (English) and L2, all seem to point to a need to assess the state-of-the-art of terminology within national boundaries while recognising a context in which English is dominant.

From this perspective, the conference aims to address mainly, but not exclusively, the following issues:

  • special field terminology: key issues, case studies
  • terminological innovation as the result of scientific development
  • key issues in knowledge organization and concept analysis
  • national languages and terminology policies
  • attitudes towards language change
  • neologisms in target languages: problems of standardization
  • terminology and translation; TM and MT resources

Being aware of the fact that national policies on language issues are in no way homogeneous, the organizers are looking forward to diverse papers and lively presentations and discussions.

Abstracts (in English) are invited for oral presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion).

Paper proposals should include the following and be structured as follows:

  • title
  • author's name/s and affiliation/s
  • email address
  • text body (abstract, max. 300 words)
  • basic bibliography
  • short bio-sketch (max. 60 words)

The text should be written in Times New Roman 12 pt, single spaced.

Please save your paper proposal as "Proposal_TTEC_lastname.doc" and send it in email attachment to: /

Practical information

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: 30 April 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 May 2014
  • Registration deadline: 30 June 2014
  • Post-conference: a selection of papers will be published in the conference proceedings.


Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Via del Valco San Paolo, 19
IT-00148 Rome, Italy

Dates of Conference

23-24 October 2014

Conference Languages

English and alternatively Italian. The organizers regret interpretation cannot be provided.

Invited speakers

  • Prof. Maria Teresa Cabré, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (Spain)
  • Prof. Federica Scarpa, SSLIMIT, Trieste (Italy)
  • Prof. Linda Jean Lombardo, LUISS, Roma (Italy)
  • Prof. Oriana Palusci, Università di Napoli "L'Orientale"

Scientific Committee

  • Paola Faini
  • Linda Jean Lombardo
  • Oriana Palusci
  • Rita Salvi

Organizing Committee

  • Barbara Antonucci
  • Mirko Casagranda
  • Peter Douglas
  • Salvador Pippa
  • Katherine Elizabeth Russo

Information on the program and on accommodation will be sent to participants by 20 July 2014.

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