Invited Speakers

Prof Anna De Fina

Prof Anna De Fina

Anna De Fina is Professor of Italian Language and Linguistics in the Italian Department and Affiliated Faculty with the Linguistics Department at Georgetown University. Her interests and publications focus on identity, narrative, migration, and super-diversity. She is co-editor of the series Encounters (Multilingual Matters) and Narrative, discourse and Interaction (Routledge).

She has published 9 volumes and 50 between chapters and articles in internationally renowned journals. Her publications include the edited volume Diversity and Super-diversity. Sociocultural Linguistic Perspectives (with D. Ikizoglu and J. Wegner, Georgetown University Press, 2017), Identity in Narrative: A Study of Immigrant Discourse (John Benjamins, 2003), Analyzing Narratives (coauthored with Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Cambridge University Press, 2012) and the Handbook of Narrative Analysis (coedited with Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Wiley, 2015).

Prof Tinatin Margalitadze

Prof Tinatin Margalitadze

Tinatin Margalitadze – Professor of Lexicography at the Institute of Western European Languages and Literature, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia,Research director of the Lexicographic Centre of the University,Member of the Executive Board of EURALEX (European Association for  Lexicography),Organizer and chair of XVII EURALEX International Congress (Tbilisi, 2016),Member of State Committee for the Enhancement of Bilingual Lexicography in Georgia.Editor in chief and publisher of the Comprehensive English-Georgian Online Dictionary (www.dict.ge).

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Editor of the English-Georgian Military Online Dictionary ( http://mil.dict.ge), English-Georgian Biology Online Dictionary (http://bio.dict.ge) and English-Georgian Technical Online Dictionary (http://techdict.ge).

Supervisor of MA (since 2009) and PhD programs (since 2011) in lexicography at Tbilisi State University.

www.margaliti.com

Prof John Read

Prof John Read

John Read is a Professor in Applied Language Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has taught EAP, TESOL and Applied Linguistics in institutions in New Zealand, the USA and Singapore. His primary scholarly interests are in testing English for academic and professional purposes and second language vocabulary assessment. Recently he published two books: Assessing English proficiency for university study (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Post-admission language assessment of university students (edited; Springer, 2016). He has been editor of the international research journal Language Testing (2002-2006) and President of the International Language Testing Association (2011-2012).
Prof Laura Downing

Prof Laura Downing

Laura J. Downing is the Professor of African Languages at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her central research interest since her dissertation (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1990) has been the prosody of Bantu languages, including prosodic morphology and the phonology-syntax interface.

Her work on these topics has been published in a variety of journals, such as Africana Linguistica, Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, Lingua, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory and Phonology, as well as numerous anthologies. She is the author of Canonical Forms in Prosodic Morphology (Oxford University Press); co-editor, with Prof.

Annie Rialland, of an anthology on Intonation in African Tone Languages (Mouton de Gruyter); and co-author, with Prof. Al Mtenje, of the Phonology of Chichewa, to be published by Oxford University Press in June 2017.

Prof Stanley Dubinsky

Prof Stanley Dubinsky

Stanley Dubinsky is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. His primary research area, since his Cornell University dissertation on Japanese causatives and passives, is syntactic theory and the syntax-semantics interface.

He has subsequently published on syntactic and semantic phenomena in Japanese, Korean, Chichewa, Lingala, Hebrew, and English, co-authored and co-edited (with William D. Davies) two volumes on the grammar of Raising and Control (Blackwell 2004 and Springer 2007, respectively), and co-authored (with Christopher Holcomb) a 2011 volume, Understanding Language through Humor (Cambridge U Press).

Another co-authored volume, Language Conflict and Language Rights, also with William Davies and from Cambridge U Press, is forthcoming in 2017.