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LINGUIST List 19.1989

Mon Jun 23 2008

Confs: Pragmatics/France

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Message 1: Discourse Coherence - Text and Theory (MIC 2008 Sorbonne)
Date: 21-Jun-2008
From: Helene Wlodarczyk <celtaparis-sorbonne.fr>
Subject: Discourse Coherence - Text and Theory (MIC 2008 Sorbonne)
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Discourse Coherence - Text and Theory (MIC 2008 Sorbonne)

Date: 18-Sep-2008 - 20-Sep-2008
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Helene Vinckel
Contact Email: celtaparis-sorbonne.fr
Meeting URL: http://www.celta.paris-sorbonne.fr/

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Meeting Description:

An International Conference on Discourse Coherence - Text and Theory will
be held at CELTA (Centre for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics) of
Paris-Sorbonne University on September 18-20, 2008. Discourse coherence is
one of the main topics of CELTA where research is being carried out about
various languages and is based on the interaction between theoretical and
textual linguistics.

Call for Participation

International Conference
Discourse Coherence - Text and Theory (MIC 2008 Sorbonne)
Centre de Linguistique Théorique et Appliquée (CELTA)
Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris 4)

http://celta.paris-sorbonne.fr

September 18-20, 2008

We are pleased to announce that an International Conference on Discourse
Coherence - Text and Theory will be held at Paris-Sorbonne University on
September 18-20, 2008. Discourse coherence is one of the main topics of CELTA
where research is being carried out about various languages and is based on the
interaction betwen theoretical and textual linguistics.

As far as theoretical reference is concerned, CELTA already published two
volumes of collected papers, see namely the Meta-Informative Centering Theory
(MIC) which is outlined there. As a matter of fact, it is essential to rely on a
common theoretical basis in order to contrast different languages. We wish to
insist on the point that, in the MIC theory, not only the topic-comment
structure but also the subject-predicate structure itself is meta-informative by
nature. This leads to a revision of the relationship between syntax and
pragmatics by putting what linguists call 'information structure' at the center
of the language system. As a surprising consequence, research at CELTA revealed
that Slavonic languages with their assumed ''free'' order and German whose
syntax is considered ''rigid'' share more in common than syntactic descriptions
allowed to presume. The MIC theory makes it also possible to take into account
syntactic phenomena that are considered to belong exclusively to spoken language
but that text typology reveals to be in fact characteristic of many different
styles. On the other hand, as a feedback, the confrontation of different
languages should help testing the theory and making it more general.

Conference topics
- Types of texts and discourse coherence,
- Role of inferential processes in discourse coherence,
- Introduction of new and old information into oral and written discourses
(Datum/Novum or Old/New)
- Centres of Attention (subject, object) of simple utterances (without Old/New
division) and Centres of Attention (topic, focus) of extended utterances
(divided into Old/New or New/Old)
- Sentence boundaries and utterance boundaries: from syntax to pragmatics,
- Coherence markers : word order, intonation, particles, anaphora and cataphora,
grammatical categories as nominal determination, aspect, mode ?
- Utterance particles and their relations to other parts of speech (adverbs,
conjunctions, gerunds, pronouns, etc.)
- Order of clauses in complex sentences : compound conjunctions, anaphoric and
cataphoric pronouns introducing subordinate clauses, order of clauses in complex
sentences,
- Enclitic and emphatic personal pronouns, their position in the utterance,
- Plays on words and discourse coherence, etc.

Please see the following web pages :
http://www.celta.paris-sorbonne.fr/publications/collectives/
http://www.celta.paris-sorbonne.fr/publications/MIC-and-more/

Programme and Organising Committee

- Co-chair : Martine Dalmas and Hélène Wlodarczyk
- Members : Hélène Vinckel, Stéphane Viellard.

Scientific Committee :

Members of CELTA (Université Paris-Sorbonne):
Jean Breuillard
Pierre Cotte
Martine Dalmas
Marie-France Delport
Gottfried R. Marschall
Jan Pekelder
Paul-Louis Thomas
Michel Viel
Stéphane Viellard
Hélène Vinckel
André Wlodarczyk
Hélène Wlodarczyk

Professors from other Universities and Research Centres:

Claude Delmas (Université de Paris-Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Maciej Grochowski (Université de Toru?, Pologne)
Claude Guimier (Université de Caen, France)
Yasunari Harada (Université Waseda, Tokyo, Japan)
Violetta Koseska (Académie des Sciences Polonaise, Varsovie, Pologne)
Ilya Shatunovsky (Université de Dubna, Russia)
Bruno Strecker (Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Allemagne).

Languages of the Conference: French and English
Registration and contact : CELTA.coherence2008colloques.paris-sorbonne.fr
Registration fee : 50€ (students 10€) before September, 5th 2008
Programme of the Conference:
http://celta.paris-sorbonne.fr/colloques/DT-TT-2008enCallPart.html
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