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Language and its Effects

Proceedings from the 31st International Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society

Edited By Marija Brala Vukanović and Anita Memišević

The effects of language are numerous. Some are known and have been described, other effects are intuitive and are still waiting to be understood, explained and predicted, while – possibly – there might be more effects that we are still unaware of. The book brings together 16 contributions organized into two main sections: The first one relates to the issue of the effects of language in the FL classroom. The second one can, broadly speaking, be subsumed under the heading of sociolinguistics, given that it brings together a number of papers exploring the effects of language on society and/or on the individual. The answers to the questions have been provided by linguists – theoreticians and practitioners - from multiple perspectives. Thus, the conclusions and invitations for further research put forth in the papers collected in this book, should be of use to anyone with an interest in the effects of language, from cognitive scientists to FL teachers.

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Preface (Marija Brala-Vukanović / Anita Memišević)


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Marija Brala-Vukanović & Anita Memišević


It has become more than a tradition: the May yearly meeting of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society (CALS). The idea to bring together researchers, teachers, translators and other members who have been trying to understand the essence of human language has, over the past three decades, grown and matured and is today a platform for fruitful scholarly discussion, professional and human bonds, and, last but not least, dreams and hopes for an even brighter future. We meet to present our work, share our ideas, be it beliefs or doubts, and to build strong bridges that will takes us into tomorrow.

Following last year’s, jubilar 30th meeting, the 2017 CALS conference was held in Rijeka. The title of the conference was Language and its effects. Such a broad topic has been intended to bring together sociolinguistic research – investigating the effects of language on society, as well as psycholinguistic i.e. cognitive linguistic research – exploring the effects of language on cognition (as well as vice versa). Of course, the effects of language on human society and individuals are countless and the broad topic has been intended to offer a possible thematic opening to a wide array of scholars investigating language, or working with language – such as linguists (theoretical and applied), teachers and translators. The call for the conference papers was organized around three broad topics: 1. Language and its impact on society; 2. Language and its effects...

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