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Conference Information

Full Title: Entertainment Discourse Beyond Humour Studies

Short Title: LAFAL 3
Location: Łódź, Poland
Start Date: 21-Mar-2013 - 23-Mar-2013
Contact: Marta Dynel
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Meeting Description: Organised by:

Chair of Pragmatics (
Prof. Piotr Cap (Head of the Chair of Pragmatics)
Dr Marta Dynel (Chair of the Conference)

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Rachel Giora
Prof. Miriam Locher
Dr. Brett Mills
Prof. Paul Simpson
Prof. Elizabeth Stokoe

Humour, inherently associated with funniness, amusement and laugher, has attracted scholarly interest for centuries. Over the past three decades, humour studies have been developing at full tilt, with innumerable publications being released each year.

The first symposium of LAFAL, held in 2010, was focused on linguistic approaches to different types of humour. Selected papers presented at this conference have recently been published in a peer-reviewed volume: Marta Dynel (ed.). 2011. The Pragmatics of Humour across Discourse Domains. P&BNS vol. 210, John Benjamins.

The second LAFAL symposium is part of the 2012 International Society for Humour Studies Conference, held in Kraków.

The third LAFAL symposium (2013), entitled ‘Entertainment Discourse Beyond Humour Studies’, is convened to provide a forum for linguists who are interested in concepts and language issues of relevance to humour research but who may prefer to address those without employing the well-entrenched humour theories. The primary objective will be to explore multifarious phenomena which, viewed from a certain angle, appear to be humorous and, thereby, to enhance methodological tools used in humour research across a variety of linguistic disciplines.

Conference Fee:

The registration fee of 180 euros covers a set of conference materials, coffee breaks with refreshments, and a conference dinner (22 March). A guided tour of Lodz for registered participants is also planned for 23 March.

Accommodation and Board:

There are 77 rooms available for participants in the hotel section of the Conference Centre, where LAFAL 3 will take place. The rooms come with free breakfast, private bathroom, satellite TV, radio, telephone, refrigerator and free internet access (via Ethernet cable). The Conference Centre also houses a restaurant and a drink bar. The organisers offer a conference stay package (270 euros) which includes accommodation (3 nights: 20, 21 and 22 March; breakfast included) and board (3 lunches on: 21, 22 and 23 March; and 2 suppers on: 21 and 23 March).
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 22.4135

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