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Polyglot Conference in Budapest 2013

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 Message 9 of 60
29 August 2012 at 10:52pm | IP Logged 
I would love to go to such a conference, even if I don't consider myself a polyglot -- just a simple language learner. If it takes place somewhere within my reach and I can afford the journey, I'll certainly attend it.

EDIT: It would be great if Prof. Arguelles could be there, or maybe Michael Erard could talk about Babel No More (Okay, that's more likely for the conference in the US, I think). In any case, I'd love to meet some fellow language nerds.

Edited by Josquin on 29 August 2012 at 11:02pm

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30 August 2012 at 12:15am | IP Logged 
Wouldn't be such a bad idea to have our esteemed forum founder there either.

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30 August 2012 at 12:41am | IP Logged 
I would love to go!
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30 August 2012 at 10:58pm | IP Logged 
If the one in the US were to materialize, I'd be interested. I can't say I'm a lock to go to a US conference, but I'd be
strongly interested.
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31 August 2012 at 8:01pm | IP Logged 
I would certainly be interested in a USA-based conference. Hopefully in a few years I could attend an international one as well.
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 Message 14 of 60
15 September 2012 at 9:18pm | IP Logged 
Thanks to Richard for posting his and Luca's initiative for organzing Polyglot Conferences internationally. I prefer to react on this topic in a private e-mail.


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 Message 15 of 60
24 September 2012 at 4:05pm | IP Logged 
I think a conference for polyglots and L2 acquisition is an excellent idea. The organizers could invite
academicians, linguists and organizations involved in the study of languages.

We could have presentations from organizations and individuals which would interest language enthusiasts
such as SIL and noted polyglots. Language and cultural promotion organizations such as Alliance Frances
and Instituto Cervantes and companies like Berlitz and Assimil could help sponsor the event or at least
exhibit at booths at the conference. Embassies and consulates can sent representatives that can natively
speak their national language which you can practice your language skills with.

This conference can also be a venue for polyglots to showcase their skills, or be rated by native speaking
language experts. Contests can even be organized to be part of the program. Isn't the search for the
world's best polyglot something that can capture public attention?

Count me in to pitch in help in organizing if ever you plan to hold anywhere near my part of the world, which
will be Southwest China for the next few years. I guess though that North America or Europe might be a
better place to hold such a conference at this time.
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24 September 2012 at 4:37pm | IP Logged 
I really like the idea of such a conference (I would consider going to one if it is held somewhere central in Europe). While I can see the need for sponsorship as mentioned by Duke100782, I would nevertheless warn against the danger of turning such a conference into a commercial event. It would beg the question of whether to open up for any company that may wish to come and "sell" or to favour certain companies over others.

I have no problem with letting polyglots show what they can, but personally I would not be attracted by a contest. For me the real value of such a conference would be to hear some serious (not in the meaning of "boring", but "enlightening") presentations and speeches by serious language learners and polyglots, and not least to meet and discuss with other people with the same interest in all things language-related as I.

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