The republican scientific conference under the title “Issues of Armenian Studies and Cross-Cultural Communication” kicked off at the Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU).
The event was organized by the ASPU Linguistic Research Laboratory. Issues related to Armenian language, Armenian history, cross-cultural communication, linguistic typology and other issues related to Armenian studies were among the main topics of discussion for the representatives of academic and educational institutions.
In her welcoming remarks, ASPU Rector Srbuhi Gevorgyan attached importance to the active efforts of the Laboratory, the platform of which has consolidated the specialists dealing with Armenian studies and cross-cultural communication, experts in linguistics and historians from not only the ASPU, but also a number of other universities.
Professor Gevorgyan fully hopes the academic platform will meet the professional expectations of the audience at the level of communication. In their speeches, the participants will raise not only language-related issues, but also local issues that are important for our public and for preservation of values.
Rector Gevorgyan also touched upon the phenomena of globalization and localization and, in this context, she attached importance to the fact that, besides Armenian studies, cross-cultural communication is also presented as a separate branch at the academic event.
Gevorgyan voiced hope that, on the platform of tight dialogues, there will be interesting approaches that will help condition certain and modern theories about the development of cross-cultural communication in the modern world and will help establish manuscriptology among young specialists, helping them be different from other professionals.
Rector of Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, Associate Professor Davit Gyurjinyan states that this is not the first time that issues in linguistics are discussed on this platform and underscores the fact that the two universities have been collaborating for a long time already (science and Armenian studies are what first and foremost unite the educational institutions).
According to him, representatives of Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences are also interested in Armenian studies. He added that cross-cultural communication, which is a separate profession today, is also in the focus of the speeches of the four representatives.
Head of the ASPU Linguistic Research Laboratory, Professor Lalik Khachatryan notes that everyone knows that nowadays people are envious, there is bifurcation of intellectuals, and there is an internal ability to act in a non-uniform field. According to him, the attendance of the participants of the scientific conference is a sign of respect for science, each other and intellectuals. “Today we are united as one, and if we are united as one, it means we are strong,” he added.
In his speech entitled “Linguistic Awareness Within the Scope of the Strategy on Multilingual Education”, Rector of “Anania Shirakatsi” University, Professor Vagharshak Madoyan touched upon a number of comparative characteristics of languages, as well as the semantic significance and modifications of words.
Associate Professor Davit Gyurjinyan talked about the language names used in the book “History of the Armenian People” by 5th century historian Movses Khorenatsi, asking whether those language names were used before that and how they were used later, etc.
The scientific conference continued according to branches, moderated by Lalik Khachatryan and Davit Gyurjinyan.
From the perspective of typology, the speeches of the participants were devoted to the cognitive approach to word-formation, the phenomena of human sacrifices in the 2nd-1st millennia B.C. in the Armenian Highland, the public and political life in Soviet Armenia and the linguistic terms in the 1920s and 1930s, root repetition in the epic “David of Sassoun” (Sasuntsi Davit) and the image of Eduard Aghayan the scholar.
The chronological layers of somatic phrases in the epic “David of Sassoun” and their stylistic value, the structural-grammatical characteristics of communication phrases expressing the picture of a person in modern Armenian and Farsi, the comparative examination of the declensional systems in Armenian and Spanish and other topics were also touched upon.
The event also featured an interesting discussion on issues of Armenian studies and cross-cultural communication and a question-and-answer session.