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Full Title: 6th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication

      
Location: Valletta, Malta
Start Date: 30-May-2014 - 01-Jun-2014
Contact: Stavros Assimakopoulos
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.um.edu.mt/events/interculturalpragmatics2014
Meeting Description: The goal of the 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.). Parallel sessions will be held on the following topics:

(i) Pragmatics theories: neo-Gricean approaches, relevance theory, theory of mind, meaning, role of context, semantics-pragmatics interface, explicature, implicature, grammaticalisation, speech act theory, presuppositions, im/politeness, experimental 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’ and heritage speakers’ language use, intercultural misunderstandings, effect of dual language and multilingual systems on the development and use of pragmatic skills, language of aggression and conflict, etc.

(iii) Applications: usage and corpus-based approaches, pragmatic competence, teachability and learnability of pragmatic skills, pragmatic variations within one language and across languages, developmental pragmatics, etc.

Plenary Speakers:

Robyn Carston (University College London & CSMN, University of Oslo)
Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University)
Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany)
Kepa Korta (University of the Basque Country)

Conference Fees (including lunches, coffee breaks, wi-fi access, a conference pack and transportation to/from the conference venue):

Regular participants: 200 euros (early bird until 28 February: 180 euros)
Students (with valid ID): 150 euros (early bird until 28 February: 120 euros)
LL Issue: 24.5335


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