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Full Title: Discourse Approaches to Financial Communication

Location: Ascona, Switzerland
Start Date: 02-Feb-2014 - 06-Feb-2014
Contact: Rudi Palmieri
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL:
Meeting Description: During the last decade, financial communication texts - including corporate compulsory and voluntary disclosures, analysts’ recommendations, rating announcements, central banks’ reports and speeches, financial news stories and other media (e.g. blogs, forums) - have been increasingly investigated from different perspectives. Scholars in Accounting and Finance recognize linguistic and textual data as significant, respectively, for evaluating the quality of financial disclosures and for predicting market sentiment and security prices. Their interest for the language used in financial texts naturally converges with the research concerns of scholars in the humanities (including Linguistics, Rhetoric and Argumentation Theory), who have explored the different discourse genres of financial communication, relying linguistic choices and conventions to communication strategies and reconstructing their narrative and argumentative organization. In these strands of research language and discourse are not treated as neutral carriers of information, but are increasingly viewed as strategic resources for collective sense-making and persuasion as well as means for shaping the institutional realities of the financial markets. The conference on Discourse Approaches to Financial Communication (DAFC) aims at bringing together scholars who, from different scientific backgrounds, are interested in understanding the linguistic, rhetorical and argumentative functions of the narrative parts of financial disclosures and of other financially relevant documents, and, eventually, their impact on investment decisions and market transactions. By creating the occasion for close interdisciplinary dialogue between these diverse disciplines, the conference will enable developing a common research agenda on financial communication centered on the systematic analysis of financial discourse.


The Centro Stefano Franscini ( is the congress centre of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETH Zurich) situated at Monte Verità in the surroundings of Ascona, Switzerland ( Ascona is on the north-western shore of Lake Maggiore, on the large delta of the River Maggia. This centre has hosted several international events that brought together numerous members of the international scientific community across a range of research disciplines.

Keynote Speakers:

Niamh Brennan, University College Dublin (Ireland)
Russell Craig, Victoria University (Australia)
Daphne Jameson, Cornell University (USA)
Tim Loughran, Mendoza Business School, University of Notre Dame (USA)
Catherine Resche-Ricard, Université Panthéon-Assas - Paris 2 (France)
Robert Schumaker, Central Connecticut State University (USA)

Conference Fee:

Until October 31 (Early registration)
Standard Rate: 300 CHF
Doctoral Students Rate: 200 CHF

From November 1
Standard Rate: 400 CHF
Doctoral Students Rate: 300 CHF

Board and Lodging Fee:

Participants will be accommodated in the Centro Stefano Franscini at Monte Verità. The fee will include full board, coffee breaks and lodging. Please note that rooms in the Centro Stefano Franscini are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Double Room (4 days): CHF 800 (price per person, including full board)
Single Room (4 days): CHF 850 (including full board)
Double room for single use (4 days): CHF 1020 (including full board)

Conference Registration:

Participants can register to the conference starting from November 1, 2013. Registration must be made through the CSF online platform (
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.3665

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