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Full Title: 6th International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics

      
Short Title: EPICS VI
Location: Seville, Spain
Start Date: 12-May-2014 - 14-May-2014
Contact: Manuel Padilla Cruz
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The research group “Intercultural Pragmatic Studies (English-Spanish): Pragmatic and Discourse Issues” is pleased to announce the upcoming Sixth International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS VI, after the Spanish acronym for “Encuentros de Pragmática Intercultural, Cognitiva y Social”). EPICS VI will be held on 12-14 May 2014, at the University of Seville, Spain.

After having addressed issues related to (im)politeness, intercultural pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics and relevance theory in previous editions, the sixth EPICS Symposium turns its attention to conflict in language. Under the umbrella theme “Pragmatic Perspectives on Language Aggression and Conflict”, EPICS VI aims at providing a forum for practitioners of pragmatics and other related disciplines to present on their latest research, as well as to share experiences and suggest new avenues for research. EPICS VI also wishes to create awareness among graduate students of the growing interest in this area of linguistic expertise within the broad field of pragmatics.

EPICS VI will also host the European launching of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. Co-edited by Pilar Garcés Blitvich (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and Maria Sifianou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), JLAC focuses on the study of aggression and conflict, as manifested in language, from different perspectives such as discursive, pragmatic, sociolinguistic, cultural, cognitive, applied linguistics, or anthropological. Because of the thematic connections between JLAC and EPICS VI, a selection of the best contributions presented at EPICS VI will be published in a special issue JLAC.

Keynote Speakers:

We are very honoured that Professor Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) and Professor John Joseph (The University of Edinburgh) have agreed to be EPICS VI keynote speakers.

Conference Fees:

Until January 30, 2014:

Attendants: EUR 100
Speakers: EUR 150

After January 30:

Attendants: EUR 125
Speakers: EUR 175

These fees are for the full conference (12-14 May) and include the conference pack, coffee breaks and lunches. There will be a conference dinner, whose price is not included in the conference fee. The account to deposit the registration fee will be announced in the second call for papers. Presentations will not be included in the final program if registration fees have not been prepaid. Please note that payment on site will not be possible. In the next call for papers, information about accommodation will also be included.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Forensic Linguistics; Pragmatics
LL Issue: 24.4849


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