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Tue Jun 01 2010

FYI: Intl. Pragmatics Association Conference - Call for Abstracts

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        1.    Patricia Mayes, International Pragmatics Association Conference - Call for Abstracts

Message 1: International Pragmatics Association Conference - Call for Abstracts
Date: 29-May-2010
From: Patricia Mayes <mayesuwm.edu>
Subject: International Pragmatics Association Conference - Call for Abstracts
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The 2011 International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) Conference, will
explore the relationship between semantic and social agency in depth. The
goal is to examine the construct of agency, but also to understand how
agency can be used to examine the discursive construction of social
relationships. Indeed, if we believe that semantic and social agents are
constructed clause-by-clause through the grammar of the language, many of
the features that are associated with the prototypical semantic agent might
be called into question.

Among the questions we might investigate are the following, many of which
were originally suggested by Ahearn: Are agents necessarily human, or can
machines, technology and even spirits be considered agents? What are the
social or institutional consequences to considering non-humans of be
agents? Are agents individuals, or can agency be collective and perhaps
“distributed” across jointly-constructed actions (Bucholtz & Hall, 2005:
606)? Are agents “conscious, intentional, or effective,” as has been
assumed in much of the literature on cognitive and functional linguistics
(Ahearn 2001: 112)? How is agency (or assumptions about agency) used to
construct social hierarchies or power differentials in particular contexts?

Please send initial abstracts by June 11, and put “IPrA abstract” in the
subject header of your e-mail. The first deadline for panels is June 15,
after which there will be a chance to revise, according to reviewers’
comments, and resubmit by Sept 1. More information about the conference is
available at their web site: http://ipra.ua.ac.be

Patricia Mayes
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics

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