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Calls: Anthro Ling, Disc Analysis, Socioling/United Kingdom

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        1.    Elwys De Stefani, Names in Interaction

Message 1: Names in Interaction
Date: 06-Oct-2010
From: Elwys De Stefani <destefanirom.unibe.ch>
Subject: Names in Interaction
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Full Title: Names in Interaction

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Elwys De Stefani
Meeting Email: destefanirom.unibe.ch

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

Call Deadline: 20-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

Proper names constitute a well established object of research at least in two
branches of linguistic investigation, namely in onomastics (adopting
predominantly a historical perspective) and in language philosophy,
debating on the 'properhood' (Coates 2006) of names. While these two
fields of study have developed a considerable amount of literature, scholars
have granted surprisingly little attention to the ways speakers actually use
names in their everyday conversation. With few exceptions, the pragmatic
approach to the analysis of names is indebted to the language philosophical
(and essentially theoretical) tradition. In contrast, onomastic approaches
interested in name usage usually turn to interview data (for instance within
socio-onomastics; see Pablé 2009). Yet work focussing on names as they
are used in naturally occurring interaction is scarce. Conversation Analysis
(CA) has developed an early interest in names, considering chiefly their
referential dimension: on the one hand, Schegloff 1972 has analysed place
names as a particular kind of place descriptions, pointing out the reflexive
interrelationship between place terms, the localisation of the speakers, the
current topic of the conversation and the speakers' membership
categorisation. On the other hand, the research on person reference has
produced a considerable amount of CA literature (Sacks & Schegloff 1979,
Downing 1996, Schegloff 1996, Enfield & Stivers 2007), showing that
person name usage is a recipient designed action and analysing referential
practices established through pronouns as opposed to person name
reference. The aim of this panel is to go beyond the strictly referential view
on names. A first set of questions will be concerned with the interactional
tasks that participants carry out by using names and with recurrent
interactional phenomena involving names - such as name repair, name
repetition, assessment (see Goodwin 2003) etc. A second set of questions
relates to the methods that participants employ when treating a language
unit as being a (proper) name. How is properhood interactionally displayed
and taken into account by the participants? How is the category proper
name made relevant (see Hopper 1990)?

References
Coates, R. 2006: Properhood. Language, 82, 356-382.
Downing, P. 1996: Proper names as a referential option in English
conversation. In: B. A. Fox (ed.), Studies in anaphora.
Amsterdam/Philadelphia, Benjamins: 95-143.
Enfield, N. J. & Stivers, T. 2007 (eds.): Person reference in interaction.
Linguistic, cultural, and social perspectives. Cambridge, Cambridge
University Press.
Goodwin, C. 2003: Recognizing Assessable Names. In: P. J. Glenn et al.
(eds.), Studies in Language and Social Interaction. Mahwah, Erlbaum: 151-
161.
Hopper, P. 1990: The emergence of the category 'proper name' in
discourse. In: G. D. Hayley & T. J. Taylor (eds.), Redefining linguistics. New
York, Routledge: 149-162.
Pablé, A. 2009: The ?dialect myth' and socio-onomastics. The names of the
castles of Bellinzona in an integrational perspective. Language and
Communication, 29/2, 152-165.
Sacks, H. & Schegloff, E. A. (1979): Two Preferences in the Organization of
Reference to Persons in Conversation and Their Interaction. In: G. Psathas
(Hg.): Everyday Language.Studies in Ethnomethodology. New York,
Irvington Publishers: 15-21.
Schegloff, E. A. 1972: Notes on a Conversational Practice. Formulating
Place. In: D. Sudnow (ed.), Studies in Social Interaction. New York, The
Free Press: 75-119.
Schegloff, E. A. 1996: Some Practices for Referring to Persons in Talk-in-
Interaction: A Partial Sketch of a Systematics. In B. A. Fox (ed.), Studies in
Anaphora. Amsterdam/Philadelphia, Benjamins: 437-485.

Call For Papers

Abstracts focusing on the use of (proper) names in interaction and
analysing empirical data are welcome. They should not exceed 400 words
and have to be sent to the panel conveners by October 20, 2010.

Elwys De Stefani (destefanirom.unibe.ch)
Anna Claudia Ticca (ticcarom.unibe.ch)

The conveners will send out a notification of acceptance/refusal by October
27. The participants will then have to officially submit their abstracts to the
organisers of the IPrA conference (by October 29).
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