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Wed May 05 2010

Calls: Pragmatics/United Kingdom

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        1.    Tom Van Hout, 12th International Pragmatics Conference

Message 1: 12th International Pragmatics Conference
Date: 04-May-2010
From: Tom Van Hout <tom.vanhouthogent.be>
Subject: 12th International Pragmatics Conference
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Full Title: 12th International Pragmatics Conference

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Jef Verschueren
Meeting Email: jef.verschuerenua.ac.be
Web Site: http://ipra.ua.ac.be

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 31-May-2010

Meeting Description:

Special Theme: Pragmatics and its interfaces

The conference is open to all other pragmatics-related topics as well (where
pragmatics is conceived broadly as a cognitive, social, and cultural
perspective on language and communication).

Plenary Speakers:
Laurel Brinton, University of British Columbia
Nick Enfield, Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Hans Kamp, University of Stuttgart
Sotaro Kita, University of Birmingham
Rosina Marquez Reiter, University of Surrey
Wes Sharrock, University of Manchester

The nature and entextualization of journalistic stance: cross-linguistic and
cross-media insights
Conveners: Gabrina Pounds (University of East Anglia), Tom Van Hout &
Bram Vertommen (Ghent University College)

The encoding of authorial voice has been a central concern in the (critical)
analysis of (primarily) English news discourse. According to Martin & White
(2005), for example, the journalistic representation of people and events
patterns in three distinctive styles: reporter voice, correspondent voice and
commentator voice. These journalistic styles are linked to expressive
choices that either foreground authorial presence, and thus the subjective
nature of the contribution ('analytical', 'editorial', 'interpretive' reportage), or
reduce the signs of authorial presence to some degree, thus reinforcing an
impression of objective representation (i.e. 'neutral', 'balanced', 'factual'
reportage). Relevant discursive choices include attitudinal expressions
(evaluation of people and events and expression of affect) and the extent to
which they are attributed to the authorial voice or external sources.

Recently, the focus has shifted towards the expression of authorial voice in
languages other than English (Thomson, White & Kitley 2008; Pounds
2010) and towards the exploration of the social process leading to the
construction of the final news product (entextualization) (Van Hout &
Macgilchrist 2010), which arguably bares on the authorial voice encoded in
it.

In keeping with the conference theme of 'Pragmatics and its interfaces', this
panel further explores and extends this agenda by examining if and how the
nature and entextualization of journalistic stance varies across different

-languages
-modalities (spoken vs written language)
-news media (print, broadcast, online); and
-practices (e.g. sourcing, interviewing, news writing)

This panel welcomes empirically grounded contributions that study aspects
of the authorial stance presented in the final news product and/or elements
pertaining to the entextualization process that leads to it. We expect
relevant contributions to explore the concept of authorial stance/ voice from
a variety of theoretical perspectives (including but not limited to Martin and
White's 'appraisal' framework).

We welcome other participants to join this panel with their contributions on
related research and look forward to pooling our interests and insights with
the aim to publish the papers presented during the panel.

If you would like to contribute a paper to this panel proposal, please contact
tom.vanhouthogent.be no later than 31 May 2010.

References
Martin, James R. and White, Peter R.R. (2005). The Language of
Evaluation: Appraisal in English. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Pounds, Gabrina (2010). Attitude and subjectivity in Italian and British
hard-news reporting: The construction of a culture-specific 'reporter' voice.
Discourse Studies 12, 106-137.
Thomson, Elizabeth A., White, Peter R. R. and Kitley, Philip (2008).
"Objectivity" and "hard news" reporting across cultures. Journalism Studies
9, 212 - 228.
Van Hout, Tom and Macgilchrist, Felicitas (2010). Framing the news: an
ethnographic view of financial newswriting. Text & Talk 30, 147-169.
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