LINGUIST List 13.429

Sun Feb 17 2002

Calls: Salish & Neighbor Langs, Historical Pragmatics

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  1. Kristin Denham, salish conference announcement
  2. Susan M. Fitzmaurice, Pragmatics Workshop at ICEHL 12

Message 1: salish conference announcement

Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 12:03:56 -0800
From: Kristin Denham <>
Subject: salish conference announcement

Announcement and Call for Papers
37th International Conference on Salish and Neighboring Languages
Western Washington University and Northwest Indian College
Bellingham, Washington
August 14, 15, 16, 2002

This year's conference will be hosted by Western Washington University
and Northwest Indian College and will take place at the Western
Washington University campus in Bellingham, Washington on August
14-16. Papers on all aspects of the study, preservation, and teaching
of Salish and neighboring languages are welcome.

Papers for the ICSNL should be submitted by Friday, June 14, 2002, and
will be printed and distributed prior to the conference by the
University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics, as was
done last year. A style sheet will be available online soon Contact the editors at for updated information.

Papers should be submitted to:

The editors: 
ICSNL 37, 2002
c/o Department of Linguistics, UBC
E-270 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1

Information on ordering the preprints will follow in a separate

Conference Fee, Registration, and Accommodations

WWU's office of Institutes and Conferences will be coordinating this
year's conference, and accommodations will be provided on the campus
of WWU. Registration information to follow in upcoming announcement
and online at

If you plan to attend the conference, submit a paper, or order
preprints, or if you would like further information, please e-mail
Kristin Denham ( or Mercedes Hinkson
( at your earliest convenience. In addition, please
pass this e-mail message on to anyone else who might be interested in
the conference.

Kristin Denham
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Department of English
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 650-3217 or

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Message 2: Pragmatics Workshop at ICEHL 12

Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 14:24:57 -0700
From: Susan M. Fitzmaurice <Susan.FitzmauriceNAU.EDU>
Subject: Pragmatics Workshop at ICEHL 12

Call for papers for the Workshop on Historical Pragmatics at ICEHL 12

Susan Fitzmaurice, Andreas H. Jucker, Irma Taavitsainen
Glasgow, August 21-26, 2002.

Abstracts for contributions to the workshop must be submitted before
March 31, 2002

In her plenary address to the first meeting of the conference on
Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL-1) at UCLA in May
2000, Elizabeth Traugott drew particular attention to the changes in
methodologies and approaches used to study the history of the English
language over the past century. Her talk was entitled, From
Etymology to historical pragmatics, a title that recalls Eve
Sweetser's (1990) book, From Etymology to Pragmatics at the same
time as inserting the historical into Pragmatics. On one local level,
she demonstrated the extent to which processes of grammaticalization
might be approached as semantic-pragmatic processes. On another more
general level, she indicated the extent to which the new field of
historical pragmatics promises to provide the source of more nuanced,
fine-grained kinds of explanation for linguistic changes than have
traditionally been offered. She also set a number of challenges and
tasks for those working in English studies and the history of the
English language; tasks that involve venturing across usual
disciplinary and sub-disciplinary boundaries within English
studies. Such challenges provide the context for the workshop at ICEHL
12 on historical pragmatics, which will focus on discourse features,
stylistics or genre description.

The aim of the workshop on Historical Pragmatics is to provide a
setting in which participants begin to address some challenges posed
by the work on the history of the English language that identifies
itself as historical pragmatic in approach. The range of work that
falls within the parameters of pragmatics has begun to exert
considerable pressure on the designator 'pragmatic', to the
extent that workers in the field really need to search for fresh
terminology to convey a better sense of the more fine-grained analysis
actually being conducted (Fitzmaurice, 2000).

It seems timely to use this pressure as occasion for collective
investigation in the forum of a research workshop. To this end,
participants in the workshop may assess the body of research conducted
on the history of the English language within what we might loosely
identify as the framework of historical pragmatics. At the same time,
it will provide the opportunity to explore some topics and questions
of common interest to fields outside historical
pragmatics. Increasingly, these questions have to do with the ways in
which we approach the analysis of historical discourses, discourses
that have their own cultural settings, historical codes, circumstances
of production and transmission, and attendant language practices. The
questions raised concern the ways in which we identify, read and
account for rhetorical functions such as information, explication,
persuasion, strategic interaction, and rhetorical force.

Approaches that share the domain of historical discourse as a field of
enquiry are historical stylistics, corpus linguistics and historical
sociolinguistics. The concerns of historical pragmatics also overlap
with those of disciplines that now lie outside the domain of language
and linguistics studies, like rhetoric and literary history. This
workshop will provide a forum for examining how the connections among
such approaches or perspectives to some of the issues outlined above
may be mutually enriching


Fitzmaurice, Susan. 2000. 'Some remarks on the rhetoric of historical
pragmatics'. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 1 (1):1-6.

Sweetser, Eve V. 1990. From Etymology to Pragmatics: Metaphorical and
Cultural Aspects of Semantic Structure. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press.

Traugott, Elizabeth C. 2000. 'From etymology to historical
pragmatics'. Plenary paper, presented at the conference on Studies in
English Historical Linguistics, UCLA, May 27th, 2000.

Format of workshop
The nature of the format and the associated procedures for the
workshop are designed to ensure that scholars who have not hitherto
considered their work relevant to historical pragmatics and those who
may be new to the field have the opportunity to share their work with
each other and with scholars who may be more well-established figures
in the field.

We invite scholars to submit proposals for papers that consider key
topics and questions in the history of the English language from a
perspective in English historical linguistics that chimes with or
indeed competes with an account from the perspective of historical
pragmatics, for example, studies in the role of politeness theory in
the pragmatic (re)construction of meaning in letters between
mistresses and servants in early modern English.

Abstracts for contributions to the workshop may be submitted before
March 31, 2002, to Susan Fitzmaurice. Two weeks after the deadline
participants will be informed whether their paper has been accepted
for the workshop, and the abstracts will be distributed among the
participants. To ensure as much early collaboration as possible,
participants are invited to send each other comments and suggestions
through email; this way it should be possible to set up a discussion
of topics relevant to the main subject of the workshop well
beforehand. At the same time, participants will be requested to send
titles of relevant publications to Susan Fitzmaurice, who will compile
a bibliography and provide regular updates of this bibliography for
mutual benefit by the workshop participants. Papers (max. length
15pp., line space 1.5) should be distributed among the participants
before July 20, 2002, so that they can all be read in the month before
the conference workshop.

For discussion during the workshop, each author will be asked to
compile a list of topics/questions for discussion based on one of the
other papers submitted. These topics/questions will be collected by
the first organizer and distributed well before the conference. During
the workshop, the topics will be the focus of the discussion, which
will be conducted against the background of the papers submitted and
read by all participants.


Susan Fitzmaurice
Department of English, Box 6032
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff AZ 86011-6032
T: (001) 928 523-9649, F: (001) 928 523-7074

Andreas H. Jucker
Justus Liebig University
Department of English
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10
D-35394 Giessen, Germany
T: (49) 641/99 30150, F: (49) 641/99 30159

Irma Taavitsainen
Department of English
P.O. Box 4 (Yliopistonkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki
T: (358)9 19123516 F: (358)9 19123072
Email: Irma.TaavitsainenHelsinki.FI

Susan M. Fitzmaurice
Associate Professor and Associate Chair
English Department, Box 6032
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff AZ 86011-6032
tel: (520) 523-9649
fax: (520) 523-7074 
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