Conferència del llenguatge al lloc de treball (Tarragona, 7 i 8 de juny)

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Language at Work Conference Research Advances in Social Sciences Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain) June 7-8, 2018 Conferència del Llenguatge al Lloc de Treball Avenços en la Recerca de Ciències Socials Tarragona (Catalunya, Espanya), 7 i 8 de juny de 2018

Language at Work Conference. Research Advances in Social Sciences.

Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain) June 7-8, 2018. Facultat de Ciències Jurídiques de la Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)

Keynote speakers de la conference:

Florian Coulmas.    Senior Professor for Japanese Society and Sociolinguistics.     Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) and Faculty of Social Sciences Duisburg Essen University (Germany)

Jo Angouri    Centre for Applied Linguistics University of Warwick (United Kingdom)

Krishna S. Dhir  Professor of Management Science Former Dean of Business College of Business and Economics University of Hawaii at Hilo (USA)

Orhan Agirdag    Education and Society professor Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences    

Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (Belgium)

Sheila M. Puffer    Professor of International Business University Distinguished Professor Northeastern University (USA)

Claudine Gaibrois Research Institute for Organizational Psychology    University of St. Gallen and Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

Antonio Di Paolo   Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Applied Economics Researcher at AQR-IREA Research Group (UB) Researcher at Language & Occupations Research Project (URV) Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)



Thursday, 7 June 2018        



Registration, Hall Sala de Graus


Welcome Speeches, (Room Sala de Graus)


Plenary (Room Sala de Graus)

Economic theory and the diffusion of languages

Prof. Florian Coulmas, University of Duisburg-Essen



Language as a corporate asset, Prof. Krishna S. Dhir, University of Hawaii at Hilo (USA)



Coffee Break





Parallel Session 1 in Spanish Language (Room 420)

Validation of labour language intensity scale (ILT)Antoni Vidal-Suñé, M. Belén López- Panisello,Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)


The importance of the basque language in anthropological research  in the Basque Autonomous  Community Katarzyna Mirgos University of Gdańsk (Poland)


Classification of labour occupations through language skills using artificial neural networks analysis M. Carme Molina Cobo; M. Teresa Sorrosal Forradellas; Antoni Vidal- Suñé Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)


Parallel Session 2 (Room 423)

Water cooler talk: conversations at work and conversational work Lisandre Labrecque-Lebeau, CIUSSS Centre-sud-de-l’île-de-Montréal (Canada)


The work of being an informed consumer: Is there a digital divide in the case of responsible consumption? Eleni  Papaoikonomou; Matias Carlos Ginieis  Iribarren; Rafael Böcker Zavaro

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)


Language and witchcraft as a trade: Insights from Machakos County, Kenya Purity M. Nthiga; Gatitu Kiguru; Phyllis W. Mwangi; Caryn Kimuyu Kenyatta University (Kenya)




Plenary (Room Sala de Graus)

We’re a small team pretending to be a big one’; negotiating collective identities at work, Prof. Jo Angouri, University of Warwick (United Kingdom)

Free time for lunch


Session 3 (Room 423)


The language of algorithms and the changes in police work

Natalie P. Byfield, St. John’s University (USA)


A Pluri-Ethno-Linguistic fragmentation index

Stéphanie Cassilde; Kelly Labart, CEHD (Belgium); FERDI (France)


Political correctness and linguistic creativity on the job market. How much do they


Ilona Delekta, University of Silesia (Poland)


16:30 17:10 Plenary (Room Sala de Graus)

Local languages in the labour market: The case of Catalan, Prof. Antonio Di Paolo (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)

17:15 18:45 Parallel Session 4 (Room 420)

Technics of domination on everyday situations of dialogue

Rahil Ashenagar

University of Science & Culture (Iran)

Mohammadreza Kolahi

Institution for cultural and social studies (ISCS) (Iran)


Foreign language knowledge: A resource or a barrier for economic integration?

Josep Ubalde; Cristina  Morales; Amado  Alarcón

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain); University of Texas at El Paso (USA)


Languages at work in the Basque Autonomous Community

Karin van der Worp

University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU (Spain)

Parallel Session 5 (Room 423)

Communication skills in the workplace: The Kenyan Graduates’ achilles heel?

Phyllis W. Mwangi; Purity M. Nthiga; Gatitu Kiguru

Kenyatta University (Kenya)


Foreign languages and employability in Europe

Daniele Mazzacani Libera Università di Bolzano (Italia)


What key competences the occupations have?

Catherine S. Capelo & M. Angeles Serrano

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)

 18:45 Guided tour to the city of Tarragona
21:15                  Dinner. At Restaurant Palau del Baró.

Friday, 8 June 2018



Plenary (Room Sala de Graus)

The literal cost of linguistic assimilation for immigrant minorities, Prof. Orhaan Agirdag, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (Belgium)


Not only privilege and exclusion, but also resistance and democratization: The multiple power effects of multilingualism at the workplace, Dr. Claudine Gaibrois, University of Saint Gallen (Switzerland)



Coffee Break



Parallel Session 6 (Room 420)

Language-Intensity-Similarity, and -Competences, and the cross-border labour market in Europe

Roman Szul, University of Warsaw (Poland)


The Welsh National Sabbatical Scheme: Building and strengthening the Welsh language capacity of the education workforce in Wales

Christina Marie Wagoner

Cardiff University (United Kingdom)


Immigrants’ educational credentials leading to employment outcomes: The role played by language skills

Javier Mato Díaz; María Miyar Busto; Rodolfo Gutiérrez Palacio

Universidad de Oviedo and UNED (Spain)   


Parallel Session 7 (Room 423)

Two worlds of scripts: Call Centres and public services. The case of gender violence hotlines in Spain

Amado Alarcon; Blanca Deusdad; Tinka Schubert

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)


Commercial multilingualism in migrant businesses: Neoliberal language polices, commodification of ‘non-standardness’ and linguistic exploitation

Maria Sabaté-Dalmau, Universitat de Lleida (Catalonia, Spain)  


The importance of being employable. Construction of membership category ‘Employable Graduate’ in the MOOC unlocking your employability

Katarzyna Aleksiejuk

Graduate of the University of Edinburgh, currently unaffiliated (United Kingdom)



Plenary (Room Sala de Graus)

Language Challenges in the Workplace: The Soviet Diaspora in the US Innovation Economy, Prof. Sheila M. Puffer, Northeastern University (USA)

Free time for lunch


Parallel Session 8 (Room 420)

Integrating corpus-based tools in translators’ work environment: Cognitive and professional implications

Sandrine Peraldi, University College Dublin (Ireland)


Translation management and digitalization in the Swiss Federal Government

Till Burckhardt, University of Geneva (Switzerland)


State  Language  in  State  Administration:  Language  Policy  in  Georgia  and  Real  Language Practices

Tamari Lomtadze, Akaki Tsereteli State University  Kutaisi (Georgia)


Language used at work: a comparative study by countries and gender through a language intensity index

Teresa Corbella, Amado Alarcón, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)  


Parallel Session 9 (Room 423)

Linguistic corpus of names of professions as applied source for job searching: A technical challenge

Sandrine Fuentes; Hugo Valenzuela-Garcia

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)


Preliminary meta-analysis on the linguistic validity of self-reporting

Ester Torres-Simon

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)


Migrants and the EU 2020 strategy: Towards occupational inclusion

Nune  Ayvazyan

Universitat Rovira i Virgili  (Spain)


16:30 17:10 16:30-17:00 Closure (Room Sala de Graus)


17:00-45 Farewell Cocktail


17:15 18:45 18:00-19:00. RecerCaixa/MEC Project Meeting.

(Room Sala de Graus)





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Tarragona Hostel, C/ de la Unió 26


Hotel Urbis, Pl. Corsini, 10

Hotel Plaça de la Font. Pl. de la Font 26


Open Call for Participation

Aims and Scope

The conference aims to foster discussion among social scientists about the relations between language and work, including occupations, labor processes and employment conditions. Within this broad field, the conference will focus on the central role language plays in labor processes. We start from the centrality of language in the information society, since information is linguistically coded and, for a wide range of products and services, language becomes raw material. Language is thus a key component of productivity, employability, wages, and control. First and additional languages, computer languages, numerical systems, scripts or protocols can be approached as today’s working tools that must be mastered by professionals on an everyday basis. Beyond the classical “language industries” whose outputs are books or translations, today’s conversations and texts are produced in a wide range of workplaces where they can be understood as the final product of the labor process.


Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, the conference will bring together scholars engaged in research on workplace language skills and their implications for broader social and economic concerns, including social and economic inclusion, job security, long-life learning, unionization, gender inequalities, and wage differentials.



‐ Defining and measuring language skills related to job performance

‐ Language standardization/agency and production processes

‐ “Linguistic-jobs” and “non-linguistic” jobs

‐ Non-natural languages in the labor market. Technical and numerical languages.

‐ Professions and sectorial language. Jargons, company speak.

‐ Language skills, wages, employment, and employability

‐ Language as raw material, tool, and product

‐ Language, hiring, and promotion

‐ Social and economic implications of language work


Scientific Committee Members:

Amado Alarcón Alarcón (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)

Till Burckhardt (Université de Gèneve, Switzerland)

Stéphanie Cassilde (Centre d’Études en Habitat Durable, Belgium)

Florian Coulmas (Duisburg Essen University, Germany)

Antonio Di Paolo (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)

Federico Farini (Middlesex University in London, United Kingdom)

Keiji Fujiyoshi (Otemon Gakuin University, Japan)

Michele Gazzola (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)

Nadezhda Georgieva-Stankova (Trakia University, Bulgaria)

Maria Guadalupe González (Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Mexico)

Cecilio Lapresta (Universitat de Lleida, Spain)

Josiah McC Heyman (University of Texas at El Paso, USA)

Maria Cristina Morales (University of Texas at El Paso, USA)

Anthony David Pym (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)

Roland Terborg (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)

Ester Torres Simón (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)

Trinidad Valle (Fordham University, USA)

Antoni Vidal-Suñé (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)

Johanna Woydack (University of Vienna, Austria)



Abstracts submission and registration

Abstracts proposals should be sent to: The abstracts should be at least 300 words in length with four keywords and must include the name and affiliation of the authors. Abstracts should in English, alongside other versions if appropriate. Presentations can be in other languages than English, but presenters should provide a summary in English to the organizers and the audience. The proposals will be evaluated by the scientific committee. Accepted contributions will be allocated time slots of 25 minutes for presentation.


Abstract submission deadline: March 15th 2018

Notification of abstract evaluation: April 15th 2018

Presenter registration: May 1st 2018


Inscription Fees:

The inscription fees include program folder and coffee breaks.

General price: 100 €

Reduced price (for students and members of supporting institutions): 70 €



8 registration grants and 4 travel grants will be awarded among accepted authors. Accepted authors should send a Statement of need between April 16th and 20th 2018 to: Grants will be allocated before May 1st 2018.


Scientific Committee Members:

Amado Alarcón (Universitat Rovira i Virgili); Till Burckhardt (Université de Gèneve, Swicherland); Stéphanie Cassilde (Centre d’Études en Habitat Durable, Belgic); Florian Coulmas (Duisburg Essen University, Germany); Antonio Di Paolo (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain); Federico Farini (Middlesex University in London, UK); Keiji Fujiyoshi (Otemon Gakuin University, Japan); Michele Gazzola (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany); Nadezhda Georgieva-Stankova (Trakia University, Bulgaria); Maria Guadalupe González (Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Mexico); Cecilio Lapresta (Universitat de Lleida, Spain); Josiah McC Heyman (University of Texas at El Paso, USA); Maria Cristina Morales (University of Texas at El Paso, USA); Anthony David Pym (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain); Roland Terborg (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico); Ester Torres (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain); Trinidad Valle (Fordham University, USA); Antoni Vidal (Universitat Rovira i Virgili); Johanna Woydack (University of Vienna, Austria).


Local Organizing Committee:

Amado Alarcón (URV), Antoni Vidal (URV), Tinka Tabea Schubert (URV), Teresa Sorrosal (URV), Nune Ayvazyan (URV), Maria Jesús Muiños (URV), Teresa Corbella (URV), M. Carmen Molina (URV), Belén López (URV), Josep Ubalde (URV), Carla Aguilar (URV), Mar Joanpere (URV, Technical secretary).


Supporting institutions:

Recercaixa ACUP Obra Social “la Caixa”

Gobierno de España Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad

ISA RC25 Language and Society

Departament de Gestió d’Empreses – FEE – URV

Grup de Treball 1, Sociolingüística, Associació Catalana de Sociologia

ASO, Análisis Social y Organizativo

Diputació de Tarragona