One day conference: Multilingualism in the digital age, Reading

The Department of English Language an Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading will be hosting a one day conference on Multilingualism in the Digital Age.

The conference will take place on the 19th of June and the plenary speakers are Professor Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King’s College London) and Professor Yaron Matras (University of Manchester).

The event is free, but due to a limited amount of spaces, booking is required by 12 June 2015. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to register, please email Dr Christiana Themistocleous at

Venue: Room 103, Building 22, London Road campus, University of Reading, RG1 5AQ

Maps and information about the campus, the local area and relevant transport links can be found here:

Provisional Programme:

9.00-9.30 Registration & Welcome
9.30-10.30 Key note speaker: Yaron Matras (University of Manchester, UK)

Multilingual repertoires, social media, and ownership of language

10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-11.30 Rachelle Vessey (University of Newcastle, UK)

Multilingualism and the language politics of Twitter in Canada

11.30-12.00 D.S. Giannoni (University of Bergamo, Italy)

One country, one world, one language? A survey of multilingual content in British university websites

12.00-12.30 Yan Liledantec (UCL Institute of Education, UK)

Indigenous language revitalisation online

12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Key note speech: Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King’s College London, UK)

‘More Babel than convivial superdiversity?’  Contra-(multi)lingualism for the dramatization of the Eurocrisis on YouTube

15.00-15.30 José Ramón Calvo-Ferrer  & José Ramón Belda Medina (UCAM Universidad Católica de Murcia, Spain)

Learning in the digital age: The effect of technological affinity on L2 vocabulary acquisition

15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-16.30 Elena Nichele (Lancaster University, UK)

How can multilingualism convey a foreign culture? The case of Barilla on Facebook

16.30-17.00 Tsai Chi-Cheng (SOAS, UK)

Writing vernacular languages online: A case study of writing strategies of Taiwanese on social network sites among young generation

17.00-17.30 Aivars Glaznieks & Jennifer-Carmen Frey (Institute of Specialized Communication and Multilingualism, Bolzano, Italy) Senior Research

“Bitte deutsch schreiben!” Multilingual and diglossic – A linguistic description of South Tyrolean Facebook users

17.30-18.30 Closing remarks & wine reception