By: Anabel Sánchez González and Arleen Labañino (journalism students)
The XVIII. The 2nd edition of the Social Communication Symposium, held from January 24th to 27th in the city of Santiago de Cuba, showed the high scientific rigor that this field has in Cuba and other nations.
In the words of Dr. C. José Alejandro Zapata, Delegate of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in Santiago de Cuba, he stressed that “the Communications Law, still under construction, declares this science as strategic for updating the economic model and the crucial ideological struggle with the global media powers “.
The debates and presentations at the event, organized by the Center for Applied Linguistics, revolved around the variants of the Spanish language within the Hispanic universe, contextualized from linguistics, with much-discussed issues such as the need to create dictionaries for Spanish speakers in the Latin American region, following arguments (via video conference) by the Mexican Dr. C. Luis Fernando Lara.
Journalism and the media took an appropriate place at the event, where the linguistic value and the semantic power of the word were analyzed in order to create a better and more attractive journalistic discourse.
The importance of the headlines of texts from the printed and digital press was analyzed as the key to promoting their reading by the general public.
Interesting in this regard were the considerations of Dr.
He also highlighted the presentation by Lic. Denisys Pérez Hernández, lecturer at the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Havana, who criticized the linguistic treatment of the American newspaper The Washington Post in its texts specifically on mass espionage in the Edward Snowden case.
dr C. Yamile Haber Guerra, President of the Communications Media Commission, told Workers: “I have had the opportunity to see how research on the relationship between language and communication is growing and how this symposium has become an ideal opportunity for many works to emerge can be known, socialized and shared”.
On the final day, the lecture by Dr. C. Leonel Ruiz Miyares, director of the Center for Applied Linguistics, with the title The folkloric-social vocabulary in Guillenean poetry.
“I dedicate this conference to the memory of my father and my brother who, right after my graduation, asked me when we would do the poetic idiolect of the three great poets of Cuba; and finally we started work in the center”.
Those present congratulated Ruiz Miyares, who recently received the Carlos J. Finlay Medal, awarded by the Council of State, for his scientific contributions in the field of communications.
The event that took place was dedicated to the birth of the founding fathers of the CLA, Julio Vitilio Ruiz and Eloína Millares Bermúdez, and had the participation of specialists from prestigious universities in Cuba and abroad.
Topics discussed included linguistics, mass media, education and communication, and foreign languages.
Photo 1: Work in the media commission (PHOTO ANABEL SÁNCHEZ)