LINGUIST List 16.688

Tue Mar 08 2005

FYI: Summer School: Discourse; Humor Studies Workshop

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        1.    Paul McIlvenny, Summer School: Discourse Studies, Denmark
        2.    Delia Chiaro, 3rd European Workshop: Humor Studies

Message 1: Summer School: Discourse Studies, Denmark

Date: 06-Mar-2005
From: Paul McIlvenny <>
Subject: Summer School: Discourse Studies, Denmark

Discourse Nexus 3.0: An international summer school in discourse studies
Short Title: DeXus 3.0

Date: 15-Aug-2005 - 20-Aug-2005
Location: Centre for Discourse Studies, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Web site:
Contact: Paul McIlvenny
Contact Email:

Invited guests:
Jan Blommaert, Ghent University, Belgium
Angel Lin, City University of Hong Kong
Michael Silverstein, The University of Chicago, USA
Terry Threadgold, Cardiff University, Wales

DeXus is the name for the Discourse Nexus summer school, which was held
very successfully for the first time in 2003 at the Centre for Discourse
Studies, Aalborg University. The code 3.0 signifies the third
actualisation, a progressively refined version of the summer school. DeXus
will focus on innovative research in discourse studies and its application
to a variety of settings and data sets, using a mix of lectures, workshops,
group project work and discussion sessions.

The goal of DeXus is to create a space in which attendees - invited guests,
students, postgrads and established scholars - can discuss the latest moves
in discourse studies, apply approaches in discourse studies to 'real world'
problems, learn hands-on in a positive environment and find new relays
between academic work and social change. The exact format and thematics of
DeXus has not yet been finalised, but there are some features that are
essential. We have invited a number of guests to play the role of
'wayfinders' or 'midwives'. Their job is to provide different resources for
learning, for example to promote discussion, to clarify methods, and to
illustrate analysis.

Following the first day of lectures by the invited guests, which will
establish a common ground work, we concentrate over the following three
days with workshops and group work on two or three themes. On the last day,
all groups will come together to report on their findings, solutions and
applications, with commentary and discussion from the wayfinders. A poster
session will take place during the first day for those who wish to present
their research publicly. More details on the DeXus web site.

DeXus will interest students and scholars who work in the diverse fields of
discourse studies, particularly mediated discourse analysis, critical
discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, linguistic
anthropology, multimodal discourse analysis, educational discourse
analysis, political discourse analysis, social semiotics, practice theory,
identity and discourse, gender and discourse.

In relation to theorising and analysing discourse, DeXus themes include:
* Change/Intervention/Critique
* Belonging/Citizenship/Linking/Relationality
* Identity/Gender/'Race'/Ethnicity/Kinship
* Narrative/Memory/Autobiography
* Globalisation/Localisation
* Mediation/Modality/Action/Practice
* Care/Risk
* Structure/Ordering/Organisation/Governance
* Movement/Mobility/Flow/Scale
* Interaction/Technology/Artefact
* Nature/Environment/Habitus/Context

The summer school is international and open to all researchers, PhD and
graduate students.

For more academic information, contact the organisers:
Paul McIlvenny or Pirkko Raudaskoski -

Please register online at

The deadline for registration is 15th June 2005.

The participation fee is 3000 Danish kroner (approx. 400 Euros), which
covers administrative costs, tea/coffee and lunches every working day, and
one evening drinks reception (Monday) and one evening dinner (Thursday).
More information on the DeXus web site.

Location, travel and accommodation information is available on the web
site. Travel and accommodation is the responsibility of the participant.

For practical information, please contact the DeXus secretariat at

Note: DeXus draws upon the progressive pedagogical model at Aalborg
University to experiment with a problem-based, project-centred research
summer school for postgraduates and scholars in the field of discourse
studies. The core concept is the free play of ideas within the thematic
context of group-derived problems and reflexive project work developed
during the six fruitful days of DeXus.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Message 2: 3rd European Workshop: Humor Studies

Date: 06-Mar-2005
From: Delia Chiaro <>
Subject: 3rd European Workshop: Humor Studies

3rd European Workshop in Humour Studies:Humour, Language, Culture and
Conversation (HLCC2005)

Date: 26-May-2005 - 28-May-2005
Location: Bertinoro (Bologna), Italy
Contact: Delia Chiaro
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Everyday conversation thrives on word play, irony, anecdotes and jokes. An
account of joking will be a fundamental part of any complete description of
conversation. At the same time, conversation is the natural home of
punning, allusion and joking. We understand these forms of humor only if we
can explain their integration into everyday talk and their functioning in it.

Humor influences the organization of conversation on all levels. Joking
helps us negotiate greetings, fill uncomfortable silences and change topics
without offending anyone-thus humor greases the gears of everyday talk and
keeps our interactions working smoothly. Nevertheless, punning and joking
may also disrupt the customary sequence and flow of turn-by-turn talk, and
distract us from the normal business of conversation. Indeed, for some
conversationalists, the play portion of any talk may remain quite high even
during business transactions.

Due either to an individual joking style of conversation or to a habit of
joking with certain friends or colleagues, some speakers treat much of
their talk as an ongoing competition to out-joke the other participants or
at least a certain group of them. Humor has often been associated with
aggression, but in everyday conversational interaction we often find humor
in the role of the peace-maker.

All forms of conversational joking rate fairly low on an overall scale of
aggression, and participants often deploy humor to alleviate aggression and
to resolve dispute sequences. Humor is also a major factor in the personal
identity we construct in face-to-face interaction. The kinds of jokes we
tell and enjoy, the types of conversational joking we engage in (and with
whom), the sorts of humor we look for in films, in books and on the
internet all contribute to the individual sense of humor we project.

Conversational joking allows us to test for common ground and create
rapport in an indirect and entertaining fashion. In poking fun at
undesirable behavior patterns of outsiders and lapses among insiders,
mocking and sarcasm serve as a control on in-group behavior. Indeed, joking
works to circumscribe language behavior in particular, helping
conversationalists evolve a common code and enforcing a way of speaking for
the particular interaction, for the group and, ultimately, for the
linguistic community at large.

Jokes and personal anecdotes are important narrative resources for
conversational humor. The internal structures of jokes and funny stories
bear considerable interest in themselves, but we must not forget the
contextual aspects of the joke telling performance, listener response,
heckling, by-play, and competitive joke telling sessions. Jokes develop
cohesively out of serious topical talk or word play; they segue back into
serious talk about the content, quality or performance of the joke
itself-or they suggest further jokes of similar or different types and on
related or unrelated topics. Effective joke telling requires a careful
choice of material, accommodation to the audience, and a range of
performance strategies, all describable in structural and sociolinguistic

Application procedure and fee
The workshop is open to a maximum of 35 participants and the total cost of
early bird registration amounts to Euro 450.00 which includes:

Participation fees
Accommodation 4 nights single room with en-suite bathroom
Half board - breakfast and lunch

All the participants will reside on site.

On line application form:
Enrollment by end of April 2005

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

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