‘Communicating Emotions in a Foreign Language’ with Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck), 7th November, 6pm; A Language Acts and Worldmaking Debate

We are delighted to invite you to the first Language Acts and Worldmaking Debate in the 2018/2019 series – Communicating Emotions in a Foreign Language with Jean-Marc Dewaele, Professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism, Birkbeck College, University of London. Language Acts and Worldmaking is a flagship AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative Programme led by King’s College London and in which Modern Languages at Westminster is a key partner.

The Debate begins with an overview by Jean-Marc Dewaele of the recent surge of interest in the field of emotion and multilingualism. His focus is on the development of sociopragmatic and sociocultural competence, and more specifically on the communication of emotion by first and foreign language users as well as the effect of emotional acculturation to a new language and culture. The effects of age on acquisition and of type of foreign language instruction are considered, together with the effects of current language use on language preferences for the communication of emotion including declarations of love and swearing in the foreign language. You can find out more about Jean-Marc’s work – which holds interest and significance for those working beyond the fields of Modern Languages and of Linguistics – on the attached flyer.

The Debate will be held on Wednesday 7 November from 6-7.30pm in Room UG04 (Upper Ground Floor), University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

A drinks reception will be held from 7.30-8pm Modern Languages Social Space, Upper Fourth Floor, Regent Street from 7:30–8pm.

Download the poster here for more information about this event and about the Debate Series.  You can sign up for this event using the following link:   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/Communicating Emotions in a Foreign Language