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Full Title: Pragmatics of Telecinematic Discourse

Short Title: TeleDiscourse
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Start Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Contact: Christian Hoffmann
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Meeting Description: How to do things with films: The pragmatics of telecinematic discourse
IPRA 14 (Antwerp 2015)

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Bublitz (University of Augsburg, Germany)
Dr. Christian R. Hoffmann (University of Augsburg, Germany)

In the last decade, telecinematic discourse has become one of the most promising avenues of research in media pragmatics. What makes telecinematic discourse an exciting new arena for pragmatics is the complex interplay between those who create film (directors, producers, etc.), those who enact it (actors) and those who watch it (audience). A pragmatic investigation of telecinematic discourse thus needs to account for how directors attempt to constrain potential interpretations of their work through a careful orchestration of audiovisual cues, temporally unfolding shots and varying audience expectations.

While previous pragmatic studies have largely focused on language in films (Quaglio 2009, Bednarek 2010, Richardson 2010, Rossi 2011), more recent papers have called for a more specialised pragmatics of film, which sets out to explore the pragmatic codes of cinematic expression, e.g. camera work, lighting, scoring, montage, mise-en-scène, etc. (cf. Janney 2013).

To this end, we invite papers presenting current developments in either one of the two aforementioned lines of research, serving a twofold objective: on the one hand, we wish to explore more thoroughly the pragmatic dimension of verbal language (e.g. dialogues, monologues) as well as its interplay with other semiotic modes of expression (e.g. sound, music, etc.) in both contemporary (synchronic approaches) and past films (diachronic approaches). On the other hand, we aim to investigate how telecinematic discourse challenges the methodological feasibility of well-established pragmatic methods and theories, e.g. Searle's speech act theory, Grice's maxims of conversation, presuppositions and implicatures, etc.

In asking if and how pragmatics needs to adapt to the analysis of moving images, we pay tribute to the general theme of the conference, i.e. adaptability. Presentations will show how language manifests itself in film as a malleable phenomenon both in relation to other semiotic sign systems as well as other cinematic techniques of (re-)presentation. If anything, the panel will show that in telecinematic discourse, the classic distinction between verbal language and its enveloping context is no longer tenable. In contrast, language in films is intrinsically tied to other co-occurring modes of expression which collectively trigger pragmatic inferences.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.2525

This is a session of the following meeting:
14th International Pragmatics Conference

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