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LINGUIST List 21.2221

Fri May 14 2010

Calls: Disc Analysis, Historical Ling, Semantics, English/France

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        1.    OLIVIER SIMONIN, Fixed Phrases in English: Use and Rhetorical Strategies

Message 1: Fixed Phrases in English: Use and Rhetorical Strategies
Date: 13-May-2010
From: OLIVIER SIMONIN <o.p.simonin.03cantab.net>
Subject: Fixed Phrases in English: Use and Rhetorical Strategies
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Full Title: Fixed Phrases in English: Use and Rhetorical Strategies

Date: 22-Oct-2010 - 23-Oct-2010
Location: Perpignan, France
Contact Person: Olivier Simonin
Meeting Email: o.p.simonin.03cantab.net
Web Site: http://anglais.upvd.free.fr/locutions-anglais.htm

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

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 21-Jun-2010

Meeting Description:

Fixed Phrases in English: Use and Rhetorical Strategies
University of Perpignan - Via Domitia : 22-23 October 2010

2nd Call For Papers

Fixed Phrases in English: Use and Rhetorical Strategies
University of Perpignan - Via Domitia : 22-23 October 2010

Fixed phrases are understood as idioms in the sense of Huddleston &
Pullum (2002, 3): ''items with special meanings that consist of more than
one word.'' Fixed phrases make up a vast category, which can be divided
into a variety of syntactic classes: fixed NPs (jack-of-all-trades), VPs (shovel
up; kick the bucket), AdvPs (or rather), AdjPs (difficult to swallow), PPs
(because of), as well as sentences or "ready-made utterances" (Lyons
1968, e.g. Every cloud has a silver lining).

The foundational properties of fixed phrases deserve investigation in order
to determine precisely which expressions belong to the category, or indeed
whether it is actually fruitful to postulate such a broad category - which
includes both lexical and functional items (lexical: kick the bucket; functional:
or rather). It is equally pertinent to examine constraints on the use of fixed
phrases, their syntactic and distributional properties, or to tackle the
question of semantic transparency, or rather the non-compositionality of
their meaning (cf. Cruse 2000, 72-73). Some fixed phrases - and especially
fixed VPs and NPs - characteristically conjure up a whole new image or
semantic representation. Equally, since such phrases are "fixed", they must
involve some degree of fossilization. Fixed phrases can therefore be
analyzed with a special focus on the processes of fossilization or
univerbation - the diachronic process by which several words may fuse to
become one.

In addition to fossilization, fixed phrases or constructions share a common
pragmatic potential. They can be used strategically in discourse, and are
frequently employed for their discursive, rhetorical or argumentative effects.
How can the actual use of fixed phrases be accounted for in terms of such
pragmatic functions? Many of the fixed phrases can be analysed in terms of
inferences or procedural meaning. Some are used for conjunction
purposes, and correspond to another strategic use as they reinforce
cohesion or argumentation. Others reflect a given register or textual genre
and correlatively generate multiple connotations and inferences. These can
be used strategically by speakers to pitch communication at some pre-
established ground or standard. Yet others contribute to conveying some
rhetorical force (illocutory/perlocutory), which is best understood with
reference to the contexts in which they are used.

All theoretical approaches are considered legitimate for selection. Papers
can be presented in English or in French, and papers in each language will
be grouped on one day (All the papers given on 23 October will be in
English).

Plenary Speakers:
Pierre Cotte (Paris-Sorbonne: Paris 4) title to be communicated
Hendrik de Smet (University of Leuven): Measuring Transparency

Scientific Board:
Nicolas Ballier (Paris 7)
Jacques Francois (University of Caen)
Evelien Keizer (University of Amsterdam)
Laetitia Leonarduzzi (University of Provence)
Maria Jose Lopez-Couso ((University of Santiago de Compostela)
Sandrine Oriez (Rennes II)
Meike Pfaff (University of Osnabrück)
Joëlle Rethore (University of Perpignan - Via Domitia)
Corinne Rossari (University of Freiburg)
Elena Seoane (University of Santiago de Compostela)
Tim Wharton (University College London)

Paper proposals are to be sent to one of the two conference organizers:
Olivier SIMONIN (University of Perpignan - Via Domitia):
o.p.simonin.03cantab.net
Blandine PENNEC (University of Perpignan - Via Domitia):
blandine.pennecuniv-perp.fr

Deadline for submission: 21 June 2010
Word limit for abstracts: 500 words

Papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in The
Yearbook of Phraseology, or in the proceedings of the conference, to be
published by Presses Universitaires de Perpignan.
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