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In co-operation with the AILA Scientific Commission on Language for Special Purposes

Convenor: Professor Christer Laurén, University of Vaasa


The 15th European Symposium on Language for Special Purposes


New Trends in Specialized Discourse


University of Bergamo (Italy)

29th August - 2nd September 2005




  1. Organising & Scientific Committee
  2. Co-opted Scientific Committee
  3. Themes
  4. Keynote speakers
  5. Conference venue
  6. Programme
  7. Languages
  8. Equipment
  9. Important Dates
  10. Registration
  11. Travel information
  12. Accommodation
  13. Social programme
  14. How to contact us
  15. Proceedings




Organising & Scientific Committee


Prof. Maurizio Gotti
Prof. Maria Vittoria Calvi

Ass. Prof. Marina Dossena

Ass. Prof. Dorothee Heller

Dr Ulisse Belotti

Dr Davide Giannoni





Co-opted Scientific Committee


Prof. Vijay K. Bhatia

Prof. Ken Hyland

Prof. Christer Laurén

Prof. John Sinclair

Prof. Marcello Soffritti

Prof. John Swales

Ass. Prof. Jan Engberg





Themes of the Conference


The conference will aim to highlight recent evolutions in specialized

discourse research and innovative experiences in LSP teaching


  1. Linguistic features of specialized discourse
  2. Textual and genre analysis of specialized discourse
  3. Multilingualism and cultural aspects of specialized communication
  4. Cognitive aspects of specialized languages
  5. Pedagogical aspects of LSP
  6. The translation of specialized discourse
  7. LSP and multimedia communication
  8. Terminology and terminography
  9. Diachronic perspectives on LSP





Keynote speakers

- Christopher N. Candlin (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia / The Open University, UK)

- Konrad Ehlich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany)

- Françoise Salager-Meyer (Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela)





Conference venue


The Conference will be hosted by CERLIS, the research centre on LSP operating at the University of Bergamo, an institution where research has always been in the foreground and where various national and international conferences have already been organized (see http://www.unibg.it/cerlis ).

LSP2005 will be held at the University of Bergamo (Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere) which is located in the Upper Town (Città Alta). Lectures, presentations and colloquia will take place in the venues of via Salvecchio and of Piazza Rosate (see the map). The Upper Town can be reached by bus or by funicular. Bus number 1, which runs every ten minutes from the railway station, takes you to the funicular (where you will need to show your ticket in order to pass through the gate). Bus number 1A, instead, takes you directly to the Upper Town (final stop at Colle Aperto). Note that tickets may not be bought on board, but are available from newsagents. The cost of the single fare is €1. A ticket for 10 rides (“tesserino per 10 corse”) costs € 7.50. The ticket has a 75-minute validity. From the Upper Town you can go back to the Lower Town either by taking the funicular again, or buses 1A/B/C from Colle Aperto. Bus 1C goes as far as Orio al Serio Airport.


Click here to download the map.








Following the tradition of previous symposia, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are working days; Wednesday is set aside for excursions, meetings, relaxing, etc. During the conference there will be keynote plenary lectures, presentation of papers, colloquia and posters.

As for accompanying persons, while there is no dedicated programme for them during the conference, they are very welcome to register for the social events listed in the registration form.


Click here to download the programme (updated to August 27nd 2005).


Click here to download the book of abstracts (Word doc).


Click here to download the book of abstracts (pdf).








Participants may choose their language of presentation. In order to facilitate listening and discussion clear support materials should be prepared. No interpreting services will be available.







All conference rooms are equipped with OHP, microphone and slide or video projector.





Important Dates


Submission of abstracts

No later than 30th November 2004

Proposals for colloquia

No later than 30th November 2004

Notification of acceptance

mid-January 2005

Early registration

No later than 28th February 2005

Standard registration

No later than 31st May 2005

Late registration

No later than 15th July 2005

Submission for proceedings

No later than 15th October 2005






The fee includes a welcome evening reception on 29th August, tea/coffee breaks and one volume of the proceedings


Early registration

(before 28.02.2005)

200 euros

Standard registration

(after 28.02.2005)

250 euros

Late registration

(after 31.05.2005)

300 euros



Please note:

  • No registration will be processed after 15th July 2005.
  • No partial registration is envisaged, so it will not be possible to register for just one or two days.
  • No registration can be processed unless a copy of the bank transfer is attached or credit card payment is authorized in the registration form.
  • Bank charges are to be borne by the participant.


Click here to download the registration form.


Cancellation policy:

All cancellations should be notified not later than 15th August 2005. In any case, a cancellation fee of 30 euros will be charged. Reimbursements will be by bank transfer after the Conference closure.


Method of payment:


By bank transfer to STUDIUM BERGOMENSE SCARL - Banca Popolare di Bergamo, Filiale di Bergamo Città Alta, via Gombito 2 - 24129 Bergamo (I) - c/c 32053

IBAN: IT14 W 05428 11107 000000032053


Please remember to indicate LSP2005 as the reason for your bank transfer.


By credit card (VISA, MASTERCARD).


We regret we cannot accept any other form of payment, nor any currency other than euros


The registration desk will operate in Room 3 Salvecchio, starting from Monday 29th August 2005 at 9.00 a.m. There participants should collect their delegate packs, which will include the name tag, a copy of the book of abstracts, the Conference programme, the list of participants, the certificate of attendance, all payment receipts, and informative material about Bergamo.






Travel information


Bergamo is in Northern Italy, 50 Kms north-east of Milan, on the way to Lake Garda and Venice. Thanks to its international airport (sometimes advertised as ‘Milan-Orio al Serio’, or Milan-BGY), Bergamo can be reached by plane from many European cities; alternatively, participants may fly to Milan and take a train or a bus to Bergamo.







Here is a list of hotels offering reduced fares for the LSP2005 conference participants. Early booking is highly recommended, as Bergamo is a popular tourist destination throughout the year.



Il Gourmet ***


email: il.gourmet@tiscali.it


Via S.Vigilio 1

(in the old town)

24129 Bergamo


Tel./Fax: +39035.4373004





On request:

Dinner from 34.50 euros

(two courses, vegetables, dessert, coffee, mineral water, ½ l. wine)


63 euros

94 euros


Breakfast not included

(10 euros per person)

Hotel Cappello d’Oro ****


email: cappello@hotelcappellodoro.it


Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII 12

24121 Bergamo


Tel. +39 035.232503

Fax: +39 035.242946



Double (1 person)

Double (two people)


93 euros

97 euros

105 euros


Breakfast included

Hotel Excelsior S. Marco ****


email: info@hotelsanmarco.com


Piazza Repubblica 6

24122 Bergamo


Tel. + 39 035.366111

Fax. +39 035.223201


Single (standard)

Double (standard)

Double (De Luxe)


109 euros

147 euros

167 euros


Breakfast included

Hotel Agnello d’Oro **




Via Gombito 22

(in the old town)

24129 Bergamo


Tel. +39 035.249.883

Fax. +39 035.235612





On request:

Dinner at 32 euros

(starter, two courses, dessert, coffee, wine and mineral water)


52 euros

92 euros


Breakfast not included

(6 euros per person)

Jolly Hotel ****


email: bergamo@jollyhotels.it


Via Paleocapa 1/g

24121 Bergamo


Tel. +39 035.2271811

Fax. +39 035.2271812



Single (superior)


Double (superior)


105 euros

130 euros

148 euros

185 euros


Breakfast included

Mercure Bergamo****





Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII,100

24121 Bergamo


Tel. +39 035 227411

Fax +39 035 218008





94 euros

112 euros


Breakfast included

Hotel Arli ***


email: hotel.arli@arli.net


Largo Porta Nuova 12

24121 Bergamo


Tel +39035222077

Fax +39 035239732





104 euros

125 euros


Breakfast included

Hotel Piemontese***





Piazza Marconi, 11
24122 Bergamo


Tel. +39035242629
Fax +39035230400



Double (1 person)

Double (2 people)



78 euros

89 euros

107 euros


Breakfast included


Città dei Mille ***


Via Autostrada 3/c


Tel. +39 035317400

Fax +39 035 317385





85 euros

115 euros


Breakfast included


Albergo Hotel S. Giorgio**

email: hotelsgiorgio@interfree.it


Via S. Giorgio, 10



Tel +39035212043

Fax +39035310072





50 euros

65 euros


Breakfast not included



Further details about accommodation may be found at http://www.apt.bergamo.it/














Social programme


The social programme includes:


  • a welcome evening reception on 29th August (free);


  • a Conference Dinner on 1st September (cost: € 60). This will take place at one of the most elegant restaurants in Bergamo and, although its seating capacity is quite high, we do recommend early booking in order to avoid disappointment.


  • organised tours and excursions:


    • Mystery tour of the Upper Town of Bergamo (Tuesday 30th August; departure: 9.00 p.m)

Discover secret, hidden places of the old city. Be ready to meet scary, mysterious creatures in a fascinating atmosphere. Participants will be provided with torches…..

Cost: € 20 (Minimum number of bookings: 30)


    • Excursion to Mantua and its neighbourhood (Wednesday 31st August; departure: 9.00 a.m)

Morning: guided tour of Mantua (http://www.a-mantova.com), one of the most important Renaissance towns in Northern Italy. The visit will include the Medieval part of the town (Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza Sordello), the Church of S.Andrea (designed by L.B.Alberti) and the Palace, which hosted the refined court of the Gonzaga family, not to mention the room decorated by Mantegna (www.mantovabox.it).

Afternoon: visit to the famous Parco Sigurtà, (http://www.sigurta.it) rich in rare, beautiful plants and flowers. If you feel tired , you can take one of the small trains carrying visitors along the 7 Kms of the so called ‘Enchanted Path’. Bicycles and golf buggies can also be hired.

Return to Bergamo approx.6.30 p.m. Cost: € 40 (Minimum number of bookings: 35)


    • Excursion to Lake Garda and the Franciacorta area (Wednesday 31st August; departure: 9.00 a.m)

Morning: guided tour of Sirmione (http://sirmioneonline.net/), one of the most famous villages on Lake Garda. You will visit the local castle and the archaeological site known as ‘Grotte di Catullo’, the largest remains of a Roman villa in Italy.

Afternoon: tour of Franciacorta, an area famous for its wines. The tour will include a visit to a local cellar, as well as wine tasting. Dinner in a typical Franciacorta country restaurant.

Return to Bergamo approx. 10 p.m. Cost: € 70 (Minimum number of bookings: 35)


Please note that the conference dinner and all tours and excursions need to be booked and paid for in advance. For this purpose, please use the registration form.





How to contact us


By post: LSP2005 – CFP – Università di Bergamo – Via Salvecchio 19 – 24129 Bergamo (Italy)


By telephone: +39.035.2052.260


By fax: +39.035.2052.614








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