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Mon Mar 14 2011

Calls: Discourse Analysis/France

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Message 1: Contrastive Approaches to the Lexis of the Environment
Date: 14-Mar-2011
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: Toulon, France
Contact Person: Emilie Devriendt
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 17-Apr-2011

Meeting Description:

Contrastive Approaches to the Lexis of the Environment
One-day Conference hosted by the Lexical and Discursive Semantics Team at Toulon University (Babel Laboratory EA 2649)

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: ‘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 2010); event words such as grenelle (see Barbet 2010). In these analyses, the diversity in the uses of terms and their semantic variation (non-stabilization) are 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.

2nd Call for Papers:

Considering various requests, the deadline for submissions has been extended to April 17, 2011.

Paper proposals from the following standpoints are welcome:

- Synchronic: accounting for the lexical and semantic structure of the field of Environment
- 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 Mots1994) 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.

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 emilie.devriendtuniv-tln.fr

Important Dates:

New deadline for submissions: April 17, 2011
Notification of acceptance: May 17, 2011
Conference date: November 4, 2011

Fees for participants: 25 euros (including lunch)

Selected Bibliography:

Alexander R. (2008). Framing Discourse on the Environment, Routledge, London.
Barbet D. (2010). 'Grenelle', histoire politique d'un mot, Rennes, P.U. Rennes.
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.
Fracchiolla 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.
Krieg-Planque A. (2010). 'La formule 'développement durable' : un opérateur de neutralisation de la conflictualité', Langage & Société, Paris, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, n°134, décembre 2010, pp. 5-29.
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.
Myersong 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.

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), Inkaliisa Vihonen-Peuranen (DG Translation, European Commission).



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