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Full Title: 1st International Pragmatics Conference of the Americas

Short Title: AMPRA
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Start Date: 19-Oct-2012 - 21-Oct-2012
Contact: Pilar Garces Blitvich
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Meeting Description: 1st International Pragmatics Conference of the Americas and the 5th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics
October 19-21, 2012
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, USA

The goal of the joint conference is to promote both theoretical and applied research in pragmatics, and bring together scholars who are interested in different subfields of pragmatics (philosophical, linguistic, cognitive, social, intercultural, interlanguage, etc.). Three parallel sessions will be held on the following topics:

(i) Pragmatic theories: post- and neo-Gricean approaches, relevance theory, theory of mind, meaning, role of context, semantics-pragmatics interface, explicature, implicature, speech act theory, presuppositions, im/politeness, experimental pragmatics, cognitive pragmatics etc.
(ii) Intercultural, cross-cultural and societal aspects of pragmatics: research involving more than one language and culture or varieties of one language, lingua franca, technologically mediated communication, bilinguals’ language use, intercultural misunderstandings, effect of dual language and multilingual systems on the development and use of pragmatic skills, language of aggression and conflict, language of oppression, gendered language, etc.
(iii) Applications: usage and corpus-based approaches, pragmatic competence, teachability and learnability of pragmatic skills, pragmatic variations within one language and across languages, code-switching and -mixing, developmental pragmatics, etc.

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Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Laurence Horn (Yale University)
Kasia Jaszczolt (Cambridge University)
Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany)
Robin Lakoff (University of California, Berkeley)
John Perry (Stanford University)

Conference Fee (includes coffee breaks):

Regular registration: $180
Early bird registration (before June 30, 2012): $150
Students (with valid I.D.): $80


University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Center City Building

Sponsored by

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Department of English (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Intercultural Pragmatics Journal (Mouton de Gruyter)


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Linguistic Subfield: Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 23.1378

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
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