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Tue Nov 02 2010

Calls: Discourse Analysis/France

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        1.     Helene Ledouble , Contrastive Approaches to the Lexis of the Environment

Message 1: Contrastive Approaches to the Lexis of the Environment
Date: 01-Nov-2010
From: Helene Ledouble <ledoubleuniv-tln.fr>
Subject: Contrastive Approaches to the Lexis of the Environment
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Full Title: Contrastive approaches to the lexis of the Environment

Date: 04-Nov-2011 - 04-Nov-2011
Location: Université du Sud Toulon Var (Toulon University), France
Contact Person: Emilie Devriendt
Meeting Email: emilie.devriendtuniv-tln.fr

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 13-Mar-2011

Meeting Description:

The aim of this one-day conference is to deepen and expand the scope in
analyzing the lexis of the Environment, following earlier work devoted to
ecological discourse.

Call for Papers

Discourses on the Environment are generally classified as ecological
discourses, which is why it is postulated that the topic can be studied both in
its scientific and political dimensions. More than that, categorizing and
questioning about the Environment is now commonsensical, as the media
have circulated scientific and political discourses related to it. This actually
justifies such discourses being treated by media as facts of society, which
was already the focus of the international conference on ecological
discourses held in Paris in September 2009 (Les Discours écologistes,
colloque international organisé par Clara Romero, Paris Sorbonne, 26
septembre 2009) : '[...] preserving the Environment has become a pervasive
theme, from car advertisements to popularizing work, to economics and
politics discourse, to the specialized and non-specialized press, to
handbooks, to logos of every kind, not forgetting institutional texts or
popular music lyrics'.

Therefore, not only is the analysis of representations of the Environment
through various discursive formations interesting, but the evolution and
dissemination of scientific, political, ordinary and media discourse makes the
Environment a field of choice to study categorization phenomena as well as
their ideological stakes which is key in analyzing how discourse, lexis and
society articulate.

Up to now, ecological discourses have been studied from different angles in
linguistics, argumentation being prominent (see Myerson & Rudin 1996).
To be more precise, the state of the art shows a focus on lexical issues, the
latter being always studied in relation to discourse analysis, particularly in
French: e.g. the words écologie, écologiste, vert, menaces, catastrophe,
remèdes, environnement, développement etc. (see the journal Mots 1994);
formulae such as développement durable (ibid. and Krieg-Planque, to
appear); event words such as grenelle (see Barbet 2010). In these
analyses, the diversity in the uses of terms and their semantic variation (non
stabilization) is often emphasized, notably from a diachronic perspective,
particularly connotation phenomena. As a result, these terms are frequently
polyphonic as they stem from various environmental discourse types (see
Chetouani 1994).

The aim of this one-day conference is to deepen and expand the scope in
analyzing the lexis of the Environment, following earlier work devoted to
ecological discourse.

Paper proposals from the following standpoints are welcome:
-synchronic: accounting for the lexical and semantic structure of the field of
-diachronic: enabling the analysis of its restructuring through the evolutions
of this lexis according to genres (scientific, political, ordinary and media
discourse) and to geopolitical and historical situations.

Two major fields can thus be addressed:
-linguistic/textual (syntax, co-occurrence, argumentative sequences), as
well as historical and social co(n)texts
-the question of polysemy (for instance through the spreading of terms from
one discourse into another), metaphors (see pluies acides and medical
images in Mots 1994) and translation in constructing meaning.
Whatever the chosen perspective (synchronic or diachronic) and object of
study, any contrastive approach to the studied phenomena will be favored,
especially so if resting on corpus linguistics. Comparative treatment of
textual genres, eras and language areas (particularly the French, English
and Spanish-speaking ones) is encouraged.

Select Bibliography

Alexander R. (2008). Framing Discourse on The Environment, Routledge,
Barbet D. (2010). « Grenelle », histoire politique d'un mot, Rennes, P.U.
Beaurain C. (2003). « Économie et développement durable dans les
discours de la production territoriale », Mots / Les Langages du politique,
Paris, Presses de la Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, n°72,
juillet, p. 45-59.
Caron, M.A., Turcotte M.F. (2006). « La métaphore de la mesure : étude du
potentiel régulatoire des pratiques de divulgation en matière de
développement durable », in de la Broise, P., Lamarche T. (éds),
Responsabilité sociale : vers une nouvelle communication des entreprises?,
Villeneuve d'Asq, P.U. du Septentrion, p. 155-176.
Cavalla C. (2002). Le sens du verbe changer dans le programme politique
du parti écologiste « Les Verts », PhD dissertation, Université Lyon 2.
Chetouani L. (2001). Les Figures de la polémique : aspects linguistiques et
discursifs du débat public sur l'effet de serre, Paris, L'Harmattan.
Chetouani L., Tournier M. (dir.) (1994). Environnement. Écologie. Verts.
Mots /Les Langages du politique, Paris, Presses de la Fondation Nationale
des Sciences Politiques, n°39, juin.
Fill A., MÜHLHÄUSLER P. (dir.) (2001). The Ecolinguistics Reader:
Language, Ecology, and Environment, London/New York, Continuum.
Fracchilola B. (2003). Écologie et altérité : du discours de valeurs au
discours de droits chez les Verts et les Verdi, PhD dissertation, Université
Paris 3.
Garric N., Leglise I., Point S. (2007). « Le rapport RSE, outil de légitimation?
Le cas Total à la lumière d'une analyse de discours », Revue de
l'organisation responsable vol. 2, n°1, Paris, Eska, p. 5-19.
Jalenques-Vigouroux B. (2006). Dire l'environnement : le métarécit
environnemental en question, PhD dissertation, Université Paris 4.
Michaud D. (1979). Une recherche sur les représentations de
l'environnement, le discours écologique, l'écologisme, Paris, L'Harmattan.
Milton K. (1996). Environmentalism and Cultural Theory: Exploring the Role
of Anthropology in Environmental Discourse, Routledge, London.
Moirand S. (dir.) (1992). Un lieu d'inscription de la didacticité. Les
catastrophes naturelles dans la presse quotidienne, Les Carnets du
Cediscor, n°1, Paris, Presses de la Sorbonne nouvelle.
Myerson G., Rydin Y. (1996). The Language of Environment : A New
Rhetoric, Taylor & Francis Group, New York.
Perichon B. (1994) « L'intégration au discours politique du vocabulaire de
l'écologie (1974-1993) », Actes du séminaire Genèse de la (des) normes(s)
linguistique(s). La Baume-lès-Aix (27/11/1992), p. 121-134.
Ramos, R. (2009). O discurso do ambiente na imprensa e na escola. Uma
abordagem linguística. Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian / Fundação
para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
Vignes L. (1996). Pénétration et diffusion des mots de l'écologie dans le
discours politique : analyse des professions de foi (1965-1995), PhD
dissertation in linguistics, Université de Rouen.

Submissions: a two-page (max.) anonymized version of the document
containing the main references, along with a version stating name, affiliation
and e-mail address are to be sent in .rtf or .tex format to

Deadline for submissions: March 13, 2011
Notification of acceptance: May 8, 2011
Conference date: November 4, 2011

Organising committee (Equipe Sémantique lexicale et discursive,
Laboratoire Babel, Université du Sud Toulon-Var, France): Émilie Devriendt,
Olivier Gouirand, Hélène Ledouble, Axelle Vatrican.

Reading Committee :
Émilie Devriendt (Université de Toulon), Béatrice Fracchiolla (Université
Paris VIII), Olivier Gouirand (Université de Toulon), Alice Krieg-Planque
(Université Paris XII), Hélène Ledouble (Université de Toulon), Damon
Mayaffre (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis), Natacha Ordioni (Université
de Toulon), Mojca Pecman (Université Paris VII), Laurent Rouveyrol
(Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis), Scott Sernau (Indiana University at
South Bend), Antoine Toma (Université Toulouse-Le Mirail), Axelle Vatrican
(Université de Toulon), Laurence Vignes (Université de Rouen)
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