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LINGUIST List 21.3798

Tue Sep 28 2010

Calls: Disc Analysis, Pragmatics/United Kingdom

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        1.    Liesbeth Degand, Disentangling Modal Particles and Discourse Markers

Message 1: Disentangling Modal Particles and Discourse Markers
Date: 28-Sep-2010
From: Liesbeth Degand <liesbeth.deganduclouvain.be>
Subject: Disentangling Modal Particles and Discourse Markers
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Full Title: Disentangling Modal Particles and Discourse Markers

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Liesbeth Degand
Meeting Email: liesbeth.deganduclouvain.be

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 06-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

The panel on 'Modal particles and discourse markers: two sides of a same
coin?' will be organized during the 12th International Pragmatics conference
in Manchester (July, 3rd - 8th, 2011).

Convenors: Bert Cornillie (Leuven), Liesbeth Degand (Louvain-la-Neuve)
and Paola Pietrandrea (Rome)
Discussant: Elizabeth Traugott (Stanford)

The aim of the panel is to define the class of modal particles and to set up a
classification of its members. Therefore, we will investigate the intersection
between modal particles and discourse markers (i.e. including relational
markers on a local level and structure markers on a macro level) and
discuss whether or not it is possible to draw a line between these two types
of linguistic expressions.
Are modal particles a subtype of discourse markers, or should both be seen
as subcategories of the more encompassing pragmatic markers (Fraser
1996), or discourse particles (Fischer 2006)? If the latter is the case, what is
it that distinguishes discourse markers from modal particles? Clearly, both
linguistic expressions are multifunctional and 'function in cognitive,
expressive, social, and textual domains' (Schiffrin 2001: 54). But modal
particles have often been described in a more restricted sense, i.e. as
specifying 'the relationship between speaker and hearer' (Hansen 1998: 42)
or 'to signal one's understanding of what the situation is all about with
respect to the argumentative relations built up in the current situation.'
(Fischer 2007: 47). On the other hand, discourse markers too 'are related
to the speech situation [and] (...) express attitudes and emotions'
(Bazzanella 2006: 449). 'The study of discourse markers is therefore a part
of the study of modal and metatextual comment' (Lewis 2006, 43).
Distinctions between modal particles and discourse markers thus become
hard to maintain. As noted by Traugott (2007: 141), 'One approach is to
distinguish sharply between discourse markers and modal particles on both
formal and discourse functional grounds (?). Another is to make no
difference between the terms, apparently on discourse pragmatic grounds,
while recognizing that 'formally' clause-internal position is the modal particle
position.' The panel aims at disentangling the functions of modal particles
and discourse markers, both in synchrony and diachrony, in speech and
writing, and cross-linguistically. We envisage a one day workshop with 5 to
8 paper slots of 30 minutes and a discussion slot lead by Elizabeth Traugott

Call For Papers

We welcome submissions to our panel on 'Modal particles and Discourse
markers: two sides of the same coin?' at the next IPrA conference in
Manchester. If you are interested, please send a one-page abstract to
liesbeth.deganduclouvain.be. Abstracts for internal reviewing will be due
Oct. 6th.

Presentations are invited on the following topics/questions:
-Can MPs be seen as a subclass of DMs?
-Are modal particles language-specific, and if so, what are their functional
and formal equivalents in 'modal particle free' languages?
-If they are completely different, what makes them different?
-Where does the modal content of MPs come from, and how is it expressed
in DMs?
-Is there a division of labor between MPs and DMs?
-Is there any interaction between MPs and DMs?
-Is it possible to maintain a cross-linguistic distinction between modal
particles and discourse markers, both on a formal and on a function level?
-Do MPs and DMs show similar or diverging paths of diachronic evolution?
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