Of all the conferences I visit each year, the L3 conference on multilingualism must rank among the most enjoyable. Held every two years, as well as the strong academic interest in multilingualism, it really feels like an extended family meeting. I love the opportunity to try my hand at selling books in German, or discussing book proposals in Italian, or chatting about politics in Finnish, without any feeling of discomfort or embarrassment about my mixing German and Italian on occasion.
The conference was organised with lots of energy and attention, and the evening events were held in the beautiful Kazimierzowski Palace of the University of Warsaw. It was here that with very great pleasure we awarded the Multilingual Matters best student paper prize of £100 worth of books to Maria Tymczyńska from the Department of Translation Studies, School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.
This event also saw the inaugural awarding of lifetime honorary membership of the association to Björn Hammarberg and Håkan Ringbom, and Håkan perhaps summed up the quality conference best of all by saying that “this is the only conference that I regularly attend”.
We were keen to have copies of New Trends in Crosslinguistic Influence and Multilingualism Research edited by Gessica De Angelis and Jean-Marc Dewaele available at the conference and luckily our printer Short Run Press was able to rush it through so that copies arrived just in time to be taken to Warsaw.
A trip to Warsaw surely wouldn’t be complete without a little Chopin, so after such a gruelling few days of hugging, chatting, catching up with old friends and making new ones, what better way to relax than a piano concerto?
This was my first visit to Poland since I was an 18 year old hitchhiking around Europe, I hope that I don’t have to wait so long to return!