On June 15, 2020, the Department of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of International Relations and Foreign Regional Studies held an international conference “Linguistics, Linguodidactics, Linguoculturology: current Issues and prospects of research” in a remote format.
The conference was attended by representatives of the Department of Foreign Regional Studies and Foreign Policy of the Institute of International Relations, the Department of International Security, the Department of Modern Orient, MSLU, HSE, and also foreign guests from Uzbekistan, Armenia and Wolverhampton (Great Britain).
The topics reflected both the interdisciplinary state of a foreign language in a non-linguistic university and the linguo-ethnocultural nature of scientific discourse.
The objects of research of the participants were the modern processes, analyzed from the standpoint of linguistics, pedagogy, psychology, international relations, history, political science, cultural studies, sociology.
Holding the Conference during the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory was reflected in the presentations under the broad topic “gender and nation”. Researchers have hypothesized that gender-related and national discourses were not isolated events, but complementary artifacts of a sociolinguistic phenomenon. The unifying principle of the “nation-gender” dichotomy was most convincingly manifested in the military (poetic and propagandistic) discourse, when the latter acted as a means of legitimizing national-cultural identity.
The military theme resonated with "public" discourse. In rhetoric, the dichotomy "gender and nation", due to circumstances, turns into a trichotomy: "speaker - gender - nation", and the absence of the listener’s reliance on the written text causes the speaker to strictly follow the specifics of the canon of this type of text. Much of “public” speech is determined by pragmatics, and depending on the intention of the communicants, the means of artistic expression change. Another component that determines the content of the “public” discourse is the specific historical and social situation in which this discourse is produced.
Much attention was also paid to distance learning.
The main questions that the speakers answered were:
Due to the current situation, the educational process and the work with students turned out to be inextricably linked with the issue of online learning. The presentations convincingly confirmed that a significant role in the educational process was played by the research activities of the students. The fundamentals of the organization and content of the research activities of students in foreign language classes were described with a special emphasis on the reflexive component.
Foreign participants spoke on the topic of ethnolinguistics, having come to the conclusion that this is a science formed at the intersection of a number of disciplines: linguistics, ethnology, folklore studies, cultural studies, sociology, psychology. However, this is not a primitive mechanical connection. The study of reflection and expression in the language of ethnic worldview, the identification of the role of language in the formation and preservation of traditional culture make it a completely independent area.
The variety of research areas testifies to the versatility of the speakers’ academic interests, whose results will be successfully used by students in Russia, Uzbekistan, Armenia, the UK.