A team of researchers based at Coventry University and the University of Birmingham have been studying how invented languages are translated, using parallel corpus techniques and comparing translations of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange.

We now invite papers for a special one-day symposium event to be held at Coventry University on 18/3/2016, which will explore and expand upon all the various contexts of this interdisciplinary study.

Possible topics include:

  • the use of parallel corpora in the exploration of translation strategies for creative uses of lexis and grammar
  • the creation and translation of invented art-languages, including but not limited to, Burgess's Nadsat, Tolkien's languages of Middle Earth, Orwell's Newspeak, Suzanne Haden Elgin's Láadan, Dothraki and Valyrian from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), Klingon and Vulcan from the Star Trek mythos, and Richard Adams's Lapine.
  • the use of language invention as a world-building component in fantastical and other literature.

We welcome submissions from scholars, academics and early career researchers in any of these areas, especially corpus linguistics, translation studies, fantastika studies and conlang studies.

There is no registration fee to attend or present at this symposium as it is funded by a seed-corn grant from Coventry University.

Abstracts of 300 words, accompanied by a brief professional bio, should be submitted as Word documents to jim.clarke@coventry.ac.uk by 29 January 2016.