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Full Title: COLDOC2013: Genres in Written and Oral Productions
Short Title: COLDOC2013
Location: Nanterre, France
Start Date: 13-Nov-2013 - 14-Nov-2013
Contact: Organization Committee
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Meeting Description: « Si les genres n’existaient pas et si nous n’en avions pas la maîtrise, qu’il nous faille les créer pour la première fois dans le processus de parole, qu’il nous faille construire chacun de nos énoncés, l’échange verbal serait quasiment impossible »

(Bakthine, ‘Esthétique de la création verbale’, 1984)

COLDOC 2013 aims to examine the notion of genre in a multidisciplinary approach and to illustrate the variety of both theoretical and practical problems it raises. We seek to articulate different perspectives on gender issues and to contribute to identify an essential category for interpretation.

Although it has long remained been considered to taxonomic approaches, the issue of genre categorisation sees new developments thanks to the interest it has raised in various humanities disciplines, gradually integrating different aspects in their definitional approaches: contexts of utterance, medium (written or spoken), language norms, social practices, etc. (see S. Branca, « Types, modes et genres entre langue et discours », Langage et Société n°87, p. 5 -24, mars 1999).

This renewal is also expressed by the fact that the studies less systematically seek to define it through production rules or classificatory categories, but rather try to examine the question of genre through the process of recognition and interpretation. Theoretical approaches and case studies tend to focus on the addressee's point of view: horizons of expectations, habits, cultural pre-conceptions, cognitive framework, communication circuit, etc. The genre is then modeled as a set of constraints or necessary conditions of meaning.

COLDOC 2013, bringing contributions from diverse backgrounds, aims to review the state of the art and the diversity of work on genres. Relying on theoretical and applied propositions, COLDOC 2013 aims to suggest new descriptive categories needed in the search for meaning in written and oral discourse. This 2013 edition of COLDOC therefore strongly encourages participation from master students, PhD students candidates and young researchers in general linguistics, corpus linguistics, diachronic linguistics, sociolinguistics, didactic, computational linguistics (written or speech) and, more generally, any area that would be interested in the study of genres for itself or as a category of analysis.

Invited Speakers:

The two days of the colloquium will be opened by a talk of invited speakers. We are pleased to announce the participation of Jean-Michel Adam (University of Lausanne, Switzerland). A second invited speaker is soon to be announced.
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: None

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