On June 28-29, the VIII International Scientific Conference “Romance Languages: Pragmatics and Discourse (ways of expression and content)” was held at Moscow Region State University.

The event was dedicated to the memory of the outstanding scientist-romanist Natalia Vasilyeva. The event was held by the Department of Romance Philology of the Faculty of Romano-Germanic Languages of Moscow Region State University. The participants of the conference were researchers from France, Switzerland, Brazil, as well as leading Russian romanists. These are representatives of Moscow Region State University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, MSLU, MPSU, MGIMO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, RANEPA, scientists from Voronezh, Tula, Tver, Yaroslavl.

The Rector of Moscow Region State University, Doctor of Law, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor Elena Pevtsova addressed the participants with a welcoming speech. Elena Alexandrovna noted the importance of scientific conferences for strengthening ties with partner universities and expanding cooperation not only with Russian universities, but also with foreign higher education institutions. The Rector stressed that a collection of materials with indexing in the RSCI and elibrary was published by the beginning of the event.

Deputy Dean for Scientific Work, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor Natalia Polyakova stressed that the topic of the conference continues to unite specialists in Romance languages for more than a year. Head of the Department of Romance Philology, Doctor of Philology, Professor of Moscow Region State University Igor Skuratov noted that Natalia Vasilyeva’s contribution to the development of Romanistics is rightfully appreciated not only in In Russia, but also abroad. Reports on the first day of the conference were presented by specialists from abroad: Rita de Cassia Paiva (Brazil), Armel Jacquet-Andrieu (France), Yvon Borde (Switzerland), David Krasovets (France), as well as Russian romanists.

The second day of the conference was devoted to the work of sections: “Modern approaches to the study of vocabulary, phonology, phonetics and orthography of Romance languages”, “Romance languages in the light of sociolinguistics, pragmatics and communicative linguistics”, “Neology and neography of modern Romance languages”, “Contrastive analysis and didactics”. The organizers express their gratitude to the participants and listeners of the conference for interesting reports, fruitful discussions, new ideas and hope for further fruitful scientific cooperation!