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LINGUIST List 21.4682

Sun Nov 21 2010

Confs: Pragmatics/United Kingdom

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        1.     Dennis Kurzon , Pragmatics of Silence

Message 1: Pragmatics of Silence
Date: 20-Nov-2010
From: Dennis Kurzon <kurzonresearch.haifa.ac.il>
Subject: Pragmatics of Silence
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The Pragmatics of Silence

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 10-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact: Dennis Kurzon
Contact Email: kurzonresearch.haifa.ac.il

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Meeting Description:

Silence as a field in pragmatics, and in linguistics in general, has become over
the years widely researched. From almost isolated articles, which appeared in
the late 1960s and in the 1970s (e.g. Basso 1970, Bruneau 1973, Vernon
1973, Johannesen 1974), there has since been an explosion in the number of
studies that have been published. We have a number of collections (Tannen
and Saville-Troike 1985; Jaworski 1997, 2005), books (Jaworski 1993, Kurzon
1997), and not an insignificant number of articles in linguistics, pragmatics and
semiotics journals. Research into silence has covered an extensive range of
areas, frequently, but not exclusively, from an interdisciplinary perspective:
from silence in conversation, silence as a means of asserting power, the right
of silence in criminal investigations, ethnographic studies of silence, silence in
the cinema, in painting and in music, to silence in written, including literary,
texts.The proposed papers in the panel, too, cover a broad range of research
on silence, each relating to an interface between pragmatics and another
discipline. From an analysis of silence within linguistics (Ephratt), we move to
silence in sociolinguistics, or if preferable, societal pragmatics (Kurzon), and
then to silence in three types of written texts: firstly, in two literary genres -
short stories (Sadeghi) and graphic novels (Adler), then in mythological texts
written in an ancient language (Miller), and finally in religio-literary texts (de
Vela-Santos).
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