An International Conference on Brain, Language, and Communication, Kunming, 22-23 April 2024

This conference is organized on the theme of brain, language, and communication. It is motivated by the latest consensus that the interdisciplinary collaboration across the three will generate synergies to enable the sustained growth and development of communication studies and linguistic research, particularly for corpus-based approaches and neurolinguistics. This collaboration is also timely, in response to the latest development in artificial intelligence as well as the initiatives in Nuralink implant research that highlight the interaction across the three important subjects. The event brings together some of the internationally outstanding scholars in linguistics, media communication and data science on their cutting-edge research in the cross-feeding between language, communication, the understanding of the human mind and their statistical models. The conference therefore showcases some of the most recent developments in research topics, methodologies and findings in the relevant areas.

The two-day conference is held from April 22nd to April 23rd.

The conference is co-hosted by

1. School of Journalism (College of International Communication of South and Southeast Asia), Yunnan University.
2. Subcommittee of Journalism and Communication, the South and Southeast Asian University Network.
3. The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies, City University of Hong Kong.
In partnership with: Yunnan Key Laboratory of Media Convergence.

It’s our honor to have these distinguished guests in attendance:

Wang Xuefei: Member of Yunnan Daily Communist Party Committee, Deputy Editor in Chief, Deputy Director of Yunnan Key Laboratory of Media Convergence.
Xu Yue: Director of Administration Center, Yunnan Key Laboratory of Media Convergence.
Niels Schiller: Chair Professor for Psycho- and Neurolinguistics at the Department of Linguistics and Translation at City University of Hong Kong.
Alex C. Fang: Professor of linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Translation and director of the Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies, City University of Hong Kong.
Yi-Hui Christine Huang: Head of Department of Media and Communication and Chair Professor of Communication and Media, City University of Hong Kong.
Dong Min: Professor of Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages, Beihang University.
Tony McEnery: Distinguished Professor, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Changjiang Chair Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong University and Lancaster University.
Fan Minxian: Dean of School of Humanities, Central South University, Professor and PhD. Supervisor.
He Tianqi: Lecturer of School of Humanities, Central South University.
Lu Yanmin: Deputy Editor in Chief of Media Magazine.
Liang Shengqing: Dean of School of Journalism, Yunnan University; professor of School of Journalism, Fudan University and PhD. supervisor.

Conference Programme

Date Time Speaker Topic Chair
22 April 8:45-9:00 Shengqing Liao Opening speech
9:00-10:30 Niels O. Schiller From Mind to Mouth - An Overview of Speech Planning Processes Shengqing Liao
10:30-12:00 Alex C. Fang Patterns of Engagement in Journalistic Discourse: A View from the Perspective of Metadiscursive Nouns Niels O. Schiller
14:00-15:30 Min Dong
(via Zoom)
Nominal Construction of Epistemological Positions and Power Relations in Journalistic Stance Taking: Variation across British and Chinese Media Discourse in English Alex C. Fang
15:30-17:00 Tony McEnery Corpus-based View on News Media Representation of Slavery in the 19th Century Britain Min Dong
23 April 9:00-10:30 Shengqing Liao News Credibility and Audience Perception Christine Huang
10:30-12:00 Christine Huang Communication Strategies and Crisis Management Shengqing Liao
12:00-12:15 Shengqing Liao Closing speech