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Full Title: Discourse and Discordance

Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Start Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Contact: Makiko Takekuro
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: In pragmatics, a considerable amount of research has been conducted to reveal ways in which we express linguistic politeness by minimizing face-threatening acts and interpersonal friction. But however much we attempt to be cooperative and polite with others, conflicts arise on many levels of our lives and therefore discourse on conflicts is necessary. Here, conflicts exist due to the discrepancy between what is expected and what actually happens. In this panel, we call such a discrepancy 'discordance' and broadly define it as 'awareness of a lack of agreement, harmony, or conformity.' As a large body of literature on, for example, disagreement indicates, discordance is not uncommon and there is still much to explore.

In the panel 'Discourse and discordance: Linguistic, pragmatic, and sociocultural strategies for aaccordance,' we will examine discordance from semantic, pragmatic, and paralinguistic points of view and in the sociocultural and historical context. Discordance becomes apparent and recognized if participants express awkwardness linguistically or paralinguistically. However, as in Gumperz's 'contextualization cues' (1982), it is most often implicit, not tangible, and can be overlooked in the course of communication. In this panel, we aim to demonstrate that certain genres of communication (for example, mass media or narratives on myth) explicitly identify and express the discrepancy between what is expected and what actually happens, and they form metapragmatic discourse by creating an ideological gap.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.3011

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

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