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LINGUIST List 22.4011

Thu Oct 13 2011

Calls: Pragmatics, Linguistic Theories/Spain

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        1.     Manuel Padilla Cruz , Intercultural, Cognitive & Social Pragmatics

Message 1: Intercultural, Cognitive & Social Pragmatics
Date: 13-Oct-2011
From: Manuel Padilla Cruz <mpadillacruzus.es>
Subject: Intercultural, Cognitive & Social Pragmatics
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Full Title: Intercultural, Cognitive & Social Pragmatics
Short Title: EPICS V

Date: 14-Mar-2012 - 16-Mar-2012
Location: Seville, Spain
Contact Person: Manuel Padilla Cruz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2011

Meeting Description:

5th International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS V), dedicated to Relevance-Theoretic Pragmatics.

The research group 'Intercultural Pragmatic Studies (English-Spanish): Pragmatic and Discourse Aspects' is pleased to announce the celebration of the 5th International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS V, the Spanish acronym for 'Encuentros de Pragmática Intercultural, Cognitiva y Social'). This Symposium will be held in March 14-16, 2012, at Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain.

After addressing issues related to (im)politeness, intercultural pragmatics or interlanguage pragmatics in previous editions, this fifth edition of the Symposium turns its attention to Relevance-theoretic pragmatics. Under the topic 'Relevance Theory: Recent Developments, Current Challenges and Future Directions', we hope that this 5th edition of EPICS gathers practitioners of pragmatics and other neighbouring fields to discuss and present works on their latest research in the field of relevance-theoretic pragmatics, as well as to share experiences and suggest new avenues for research within this theoretical paradigm in the near future. EPICS V also wishes to create awareness among graduate students not only of the growing interest in an area of linguistic expertise such as pragmatics, but also of one of its most vibrant paradigms, namely Relevance Theory.

For this edition, we will be honoured with the presence of Prof Deirdre Wilson and Prof Robyn Carston (UCL,London and CSMN,University ofOslo), as keynote speakers. The titles of their lectures will be announced in due course.

Conference Fees:

Until January 30th, 2012:

Attendants: Euro 100
Speakers: Euro 150

From January 30th, onwards:

Attendants: Euro 125
Speakers: Euro 175

These fees are for the full conference 14-16 March and include the conference pack, coffee breaks and lunches. There will be a conference dinner, whose price is not included in the conference fee. The registration fee should be deposited in the following account:

0049 - 1861 - 11 - 2010365943 (Banco Santander, S.A)
IBAN code: ES16 0049 1861 1120 1036 5943

Please specify Name, Surname, ID or Passport number and the conference code (2012 CC 47) and send a copy to Lucía Fernández (lferamaupo.es).

Presentations will not be included in the final program if registration fees have not been prepaid. Please note that payment on site will not be possible.


In order to make easier your arrangements for EPICS V and make you enjoy your stay in Seville as much as possible, the Research Group 'Intercultural Pragmatic Studies (English-Spanish): Pragmatic and Discourse Aspects' has prepared a list of hotels where you can find accommodation during the conference. All these hotels are located in different places of the city and offer a special price for participants and contributors. Reservations must be done by each participant or contributor. Furthermore, when contacting hotels, you should indicate that you are participating at EPICS V (Congreso de la Universidad Pablo de Olavide) in order to obtain the special price. We recommend booking in advance since our symposium takes place during Seville high season.

Call for Papers:

1. Conference Presentation Types

We welcome original presentations in English, which can be made through any of the following types:

A) Oral Presentations

Oral presentations on any of the subjects that come within the list of conference topics below or on any other topic related to Relevance-theoretic pragmatics. These must be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

B) Posters

Printed posters on any of the subjects that come within the list of conference topics below or on any other topic related to Relevance-theoretic pragmatics. Participants presenting a poster must obey the following norms:

- Posters should be no larger than 118,9 x84,1 cm(A0).
- They may be printed in colour or in black and white.
- Poster presenters must bring a printed copy of their poster with them to the conference.

Note that there will not be printing facilities at the conference venue. Presenters will also be responsible for displaying the poster and turning it down at the time and in the place designated by the conference organisers.

2. Topics

The Symposium especially covers, but is not limited to, works that present recent developments, implications and applications of Relevance Theory, and propose further paths for future research in the following areas (obviously, the list is not exhaustive):

- Relevance and communication
- Relevance and understanding
- Pragmatic processes in understanding
- Relevance theory and syntax
- Relevance theory and morphology
- Relevance theory and prosody
- The conceptual-procedural distinction
- Lexical pragmatics
- Metarepresentational dimensions of language use
- Relevance theory and figures of speech (metaphor, irony, simile, hyperbole, etc.)
- Relevance and discourse
- Relevance and humour
- Relevance theory and translation and interpreting
- Relevance theory and (im)politeness or relational work
- Relevance theory and the architecture of mind
- Epistemic vigilance
- Experimental testing of specific theoretical claims
- Contrasts between relevance-theoretic and other pragmatic approaches to specific phenomena

3. Submissions

Contributors to EPICS V, regardless of whether they give an oral presentation or present a poster, must submit a one-page abstract no longer than 350 words, accompanied by a step-by-step outline of the presentation and the following information:

1. Author's name(s) and affiliation
2. Title of paper
3. Audio-visual equipment required (computer, VHS video, OHP, cassette, etc.)
4. E-mail address(es)
5. Postal address(es)

Proposals must be sent as email attachment to both Manuel Padilla Cruz (mpadillacruzus.es) and Reyes Gómez Morón (rgommorupo.es).

4. Dates

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is November 1, 2011. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent by December 15. The organising committee will plan the programme as soon as it has selected the successful abstracts, so please indicate on the abstracts if you cannot present your paper on any day of the conference (March 14-16), as it is very difficult to reschedule papers after the programme has been planned.

5. Publication

After the Symposium, EPICS V participants are invited to submit revised and extended versions of their work for publication at an international publisher. The final text (maximum 10000 words) can be submitted (Word or RTF format) after the Symposium but no later than June 1, 2012. Style guidelines will be provided in due course.

Organising Committee:

Reyes Gómez Morón (rgommorupo.es)
Manuel Padilla Cruz (mpadillacruzus.es)
Lucía Fernández Amaya (lferamaupo.es)
María de la O Hernández López (mariolahlupo.es)
Manuel Mejías Borrero (mmejborupo.es)
Mariana Relinque Barranca (mrelbarupo.es)

Scientific Committee:

Katarzyna Bromberek-Dyzman, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Billy Clark, Middlesex University
María Victoria Escandell Vidal, UNED
Thorstein Fretheim, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Elly Ifantidou, University of Athens
Agnieszka Piskorska, University of Warsaw
Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka, University of Lodz
Begoña Vicente Cruz, University of the Basque Country
Francisco Yus Ramos, University of Alicante
Vladimir Žegarac, University of Bedfordshire

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