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Conference Information

Full Title: Text and Discourse in Confrontation in the European Context: Towards an Epistemological and Heuristic Renewal

Location: Metz, France
Start Date: 15-Sep-2015 - 18-Sep-2015
Contact: Ablali Driss
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It follows from these introductory remarks:

On the one hand, the speakers will be required to situate themselves in a field in one side while contrasting their positions with others and from another side while exposing as much as possible the supports that they might have found in the preceding models, which they have later on given up.

On the other hand, we will pair the participants in a way that will make them focus their contrasted and crossing attention only on problem setting or following distinct traditions/models. Moderating these face to face «collaborations» ensured by the DITECO network members should allow scholars to progress towards bringing together points of views.

On which new bases can we maintain the Text/Discourse opposition?

How is it possible to make new descriptive categories by making the theories, the domains or the currents interact? Starting from which new textual and/or discursive categories can we make the already developed models converge without crossing each other?

Regarding the fact that certain instrumental concepts have exhausted their heuristic value, are the disciplinary meeting points capable of articulating knowledge that has not been a priori reconcilable, apt to create their proper problem frames and to define new semiotic objects?

How can these comparisons between models rebuild differently other concepts which had imposed themselves in an era before being used up and collapsing?

Are the concepts a product of the textual or discursive practices, and which rely essentially on the written, and/or are transposable to the oral?

Regarding progress in studies on genericity made possible thanks to the digital: we will inquire whether these studies will not strengthen the utility of the textual approach without a discursive aspect? How does the transition towards the digital, towards the change of means and forms, allow for the renewing of disciplines and forging of new cultures, through new significant practices?

Do the possibilities offered by the automatic processing of language, and particularly the technique of exploiting large corpora, which refuse to view the texts as small closed entities foster new alliances which allow the forging of new operative concepts better adapted to their specificities?

We can also question the links between certain European models and their reinstatement in Latin America, with discourse analysis and semiotics. Since these theories and their practices have their own history and particularly abide by sociological and ideological constraints, can these theoretical filiations leave their imprints on each other in development of discourse and text analysis?

Registration Modalities:

The organising committee has fixed the following tariffs relative to the registration in the conference:

- Full tariff: 140 euros
- Students tariff: 70 euros (Proof of PhD student status will be required)

Registration for the conference covers:

- Participation in all the conference sessions
- 4 meals
- Coffee breaks
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis
LL Issue: 25.3006

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