SANTIAGO DE CUBA, January 19 through 23, 2009
Filled with the same enthusiasm of the past, we arrive at this 11th International Symposium on Social Communication, organized by the Center for Applied Linguistics attached to the Santiago de Cuba Territorial Office of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, and held for several years at the Heredia Convention Center in this city.
These Symposium held every two years since 1987, gather scientists and intellectuals from various sciences, especially linguistic and education sciences, as well as all those who study issues related to communication and to social elements essential to learn about and contribute to the development of men.
This symposium is cosponsored by several institutions from Santiago de Cuba, i.e., the University of Oriente, the Higher Pedagogical Institute Frank País García, the Provincial Division of Culture, the Provincial Division of the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists, and the branch office of the Center for Translation and Interpretation in Santiago de Cuba, as well as by some foreign universities, i.e., the University of Twente, The Netherlands; the Semantic Technology Institute (STI), Innsbruck, Austria; the University of the Basque Country; and the University of Valparaíso, Chile.
The presence of 250 scholars, 159 Cubans and 91 foreigners, from 22 countries and the presentation of 183 papers show the interest in scientific exchange and the need to put forward new ideas about the aforementioned issues. Once more, the Symposium will foster work relationships between universities and other research centers, and will be an opportunity to reach agreements and exchange specialized literature, which is vital to achieve scientific development.
The papers presented in the Symposium are published in the PROCEEDINGS, which enables us to spread these scientific studies and their results.
Two interesting pre-symposium courses will be given on January 19, 2009, in the morning and afternoon, respectively:
Lexical Learning Strategies
Dr. Mabel Giammatteo and Dr. Hilda Albano
Institute of Hispanic Philology and Literature Dr. A. Alonso
University of Buenos Aires
Most recent advances and applications of Linguistic Engineering
Prof. Dr. Kepa Sarasola
University of the Basque Country
The high quality of the 11th Symposium is supported by six master lectures, one in the opening ceremony, to be delivered by the following doctors:
Prof. Dr. Reynaldo González
Cuban Academy of the Spanish Language
Prof. Dr. Anton Nijholt
University of Twente, Enschede
Prof. Dr. Dieter Fensel
Semantic Technology Institute (STI)
Prof. Dr. Kathleen Wermke
University of Wuerzburg
Prof. Dr. Sylviane Cardey-Greenfield
Centre de Recherche en Linguistique et Traitement Automatique des Langues
Prof. Dr. Ruslan Mitkov
University of Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
A new element in this Symposium will be the launch of the International Symposium on Social Communication website, with the chronology of these congresses, lectures delivered, papers presented and the most significant aspects of the Symposium.
The second edition of the "Diccionario Básico Escolar" (Basic School Dictionary) will be launched in its printed and digital versions. This book has been well received in Cuba by high and higher intermediate education professors and students and the latter´s parents.
Finally, with great sorrow we must inform of the death of Lic. Oscar Ruiz Miyares, one of the regular participants in the Symposium on Social Communication, as a member of the panel of judges in various commissions, speaker, lecturer or member of round tables. This man beloved by all died on October 4, 2008. This important symposium is dedicated with love to his memory.