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Full Title: Grammar and Genre: Interfaces and Influences

Location: Turku, Finland
Start Date: 24-Oct-2012 - 26-Oct-2012
Contact: Meri Larjavaara
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Meeting Description: Grammar and Genre: Interfaces and Influences
October 24-26, 2012
Turku, Finland

The Linguistic Association of Finland (in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities of Åbo Akademi University)

Variation is one of the key themes in modern grammatical studies, and its investigation highlights the role of contextual factors in the structure of language. These factors can be on many levels and of many different types. The mere genre to which a text belongs potentially dictates a variety of linguistic structures. (For studies about genre see e.g. Bakhtin 1986 to begin with, and more recently Martin & Rose 2008, Biber & Conrad 2009, and Dorgeloh & Wanner 2010.)

This symposium aims to study the interfaces between grammar and genre: the purpose is to investigate how genre affects grammatical choices. How are genre distinctions reflected in grammar, be it for example literary vs. media genres, or distinctions such as argumentative, informative, persuasive, expressive, or narrative genres? Is a specific genre belonging to a particular domain, e.g. sport news vs. economy news, characterized by certain grammatical choices? Possible genre distinctions are various, and both empirical questions related to the theme and more theoretical implications and reflections thereof are welcome.

We would like to bring together linguists from different fields: linguists studying languages with a small number of speakers, linguists whose data come from languages with millions of speakers and a wide variety of institutionalized genres, theoretically oriented linguists to discuss the implications, as well as linguists with more empirical concerns.

Invited Plenary Speakers:

Maarten Mous, Leiden University
Maria Vilkuna, Institute for the Languages of Finland
Tuija Virtanen-Ulfhielm, Åbo Akademi University
Anja Wanner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Organizing Committee:

Meri Larjavaara
Sonja Dahlgren
Arja Hamari
Leena Maria Heikkola
Lotta Jalava
Santra Jantunen
Pekka Posio
Ilona Rauhala
Erika Sandman
Maija Sirola
Elina Tapio
Mikko Virtanen
Katja Västi
Milja Väänänen


Presentations by the invited speakers
Presentations by other participants


Bakhtin, M. 1986: Speech genres and other late essays. Translated by Vern W. McGee. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press.
Biber, D. & S. Conrad 2009: Register, genre and style. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dorgeloh, H. & A. Wanner (eds) 2010: Syntactic variation and genre, Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton.
Martin, J. R. & D. Rose 2008: Genre relations. Mapping culture. London: Equinox.

For more information please visit the webpage of the symposium at:
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.2183

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