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Choices and Common Sense

Craiova, October 17-19, 2019


Language is evolving like a living organism and historical linguists agree that speakers, especially the young ones, are likely to make choices which lead to linguistic changes, if we take into consideration, for example, lexical innovations.

Our whole existence is hugely influenced by the choices we make and, as Aristotle said, “choice, not chance, determines your destiny”. Robert Frost beautifully expresses this point of view in one of his poems: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -/I took the one less traveled by,/ And that has made all the difference.”

Is this choice related to common sense or is it just a matter of deep investigation and thorough analysis? Was George Bernard Shaw right when he said: “Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.”?

This conference aims at the exchange of ideas and experiences across the fields of English and German language, literary studies and cultural policies, also taking into consideration cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary issues raised in the fields of literature, linguistics, culture, translation studies and applied linguistics.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Interdisciplinary approaches to literature
  • American literature
  • Commonwealth literature
  • Shakespeare studies
  • Gender studies
  • Communication and understanding
  • Approaches to discourse and text analysis
  • Linguistics
  • Translation studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Linguistics and semiotics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Applied linguistics
  • Educational studies

Keynote speakers

- Professor Mirjana Danicic, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade

- Professor Andrew Murphy, School of English, Trinity College Dublin

- Professor Elena Croitoru, Faculty of Letters, “Dunărea de Jos” University, Galați