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LINGUIST List 17.2324

Tue Aug 15 2006

Calls: Discourse Analysis/Historical Ling/Pragmatics/Germany

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        1.    Wiltrud Mihatsch, Workshop: The Emergence of Pragmatic Markers

Message 1: Workshop: The Emergence of Pragmatic Markers
Date: 15-Aug-2006
From: Wiltrud Mihatsch <wiltrud.mihatschuni-bielefeld.de>
Subject: Workshop: The Emergence of Pragmatic Markers

Full Title: Workshop : The Emergence of Pragmatic Markers

Date: 30-Nov-2006 - 01-Dec-2006
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Contact Person: Wiltrud Mihatsch
Meeting Email: wiltrud.mihatschuni-bielefeld.de
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2006

Meeting Description:

Workshop :
The emergence of pragmatic markers : innovation, routinisation and
pragmaticalisation of approximators and related markers

University of Bielefeld (Germany), 30th November- 1st December 2006

Organisation : Barbara Job and Wiltrud Mihatsch

Faculty of Linguistics and Literature, University of Bielefeld

Discourse functions such as the structuring and the connection of discourse
segments, repairs, hesitation marking, modalisation, backchannelling and the
indication of loose talk can be realized by highly heterogeneous linguistic
means, which in turn can be more or less conventionalised.

Approximation is still a little-studied phenomenon compared to other discourse
functions. Here we find quite heterogeneous means, for instance lexical
expressions such as 'approximately', the approximative effects of disjunctive
constructions (e.g. 'four or five'), parentheticals such as 'say', former
prepositions such as 'about', and former nouns such as 'kind (of)'. On the
referential level, these markers can all serve to blur the boundaries of
semantic categories, on the discourse level they can signal naming problems,
figurative meaning, emergency categorisations in the case of word-finding
problems, a speaker's distance towards his or her own utterance, or a higher
degree of politeness. Thus, there appears to be a strong link with modality.

We subsume all these discursive elements under the more general term "pragmatic

In the past few years the study of the linguistic forms of pragmatic markers and
their linguistic status has considerably advanced. However, diachronic analyses
have appeared only relatively recently.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the processes that lead to the emergence
of pragmatic markers by bringing together scholars with diverse theoretical and
empirical outlooks and from different philologies in order to address
theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects which can help to elucidate
the emergence and the conventionalisation of pragmatic markers, in particular
approximation markers and modal markers.

The workshop is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Invited speakers:
Aijmer, Karin (Göteborg)
Gülich, Elisabeth (Bielefeld)
Dausendschön-Gay, Ulrich (Bielefeld)
Jäger, Gerhard (Bielefeld)
Krafft, Ulrich (Bielefeld)
Martín Zorraquino, María Antonia (Zaragoza)
Rossari, Corinne (Fribourg)
Waltereit, Richard (Newcastle)

Call for papers:

In addition to the invited talks a limited number of slots of 30 minutes (paper
and discussion) will be available as well as poster presentations at a poster
session. The deadline for abstracts (maximum 500 words) is September 15, 2006
(by email to: wiltrud.mihatschuni-bielefeld.de). Papers may be read in English
or French.

Notification of acceptance: end of September 2006

The conference proceedings are planned to be published.

Registration and fees:

Participants are invited to register before November 1st, 2006. To register,
please send a fax or a letter indicating your name, affiliation, email and
mailing adddress, telephone and fax numbers to:

Dr. Wiltrud Mihatsch
Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft
Universität Bielefeld
Postfach 100131
D- 33501 Bielefeld
Fax: (0521) 106 - 2996

All participants (with or without paper contribution) will be asked to pay a
conference fee of 20 EUR. The fee covers the documentation of the conference and
the refreshments during the coffee breaks. Undergraduate students and unemployed
scholars will pay a reduced fee of 10 EUR. The conference fee can be paid upon
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