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Full Title: Positioning the Self and Others: Linguistic Traces

Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Start Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Contact: Chiara Ghezzi
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Meeting Description: This Panel concentrates on the relationship between self and other in communicative activities.
The panel intends to focus discussion on the linguistic means that speakers use to position:

(a) Themselves
(b) What they are communicating
(c) Their interlocutors in an interactional space

Linguistic markers such as those indexing the speakers' subjectivity are relevant in the construction of the relationship between self and other in the local context of interaction and in the wider context of societies between groups of individuals. Although speakers manifest subjectivity at all levels of language, this panel concentrates on elements belonging to the socio-pragmatic domain.

Speakers pragmatically modify the propositional content of utterances with, e.g., hedges and boosters (a bit, so) or pragmatic markers (like), and through these means convey their stances to guide the interpretation process. Similarly, the relationship with the interlocutor can be co-constructed through self-defining stances (I mean) and/or deferential address terms indexically associated with the social identity of interlocutors.

Some of these markers also acquire second or third order indexicalities (Silverstein 2003) when used by speakers to represent themselves as members of societal groups (e.g. Eng. like in young speech, T vs V address forms in present or past societies, Culpeper 2011). Pragmatic and discourse markers are interesting cases in point as the choice of a marker can be associated with the needs of speakers to belong to a particular social class (Huspek 1989) or in-group, or to affiliate with different varieties of the same language (Aijmer 2009, Cuenca 2008). They can be associated with the social identities of speakers (social roles, peer groups, Andersen 2001), social relationships, activities (debating, interviewing), social acts (requests, offers), attitudes and feelings (Andersen and Aijmer, 2011). This discussion calls into question, but is not limited to, deferential address terms, pragmatic and discourse markers, conversational routines, levels of indexicalities, all to be intended as linguistic means to position the self and the other.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.2907

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

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