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Calls: Discourse Analysis, Psycholing, Socioling/Belgium
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1. Liesbeth Degand ,
Across the Line of Speech and Writing Variation
Message 1: Across the Line of Speech and Writing Variation
From: Liesbeth Degand <liesbeth.deganduclouvain.be>
Subject: Across the Line of Speech and Writing Variation
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Full Title: Across the Line of Speech and Writing Variation
Short Title: LPTS2011
Date: 16-Nov-2011 - 18-Nov-2011
Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Contact Person: Liesbeth Degand
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.uclouvain.be/lpts2011
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics
Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2011
After a first edition in Paris in September 2009, the second edition of Linguistic & Psycholinguistic Approaches to Text Structuring (LPTS2011) will be organized next fall at the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).
The aim of the conference is to consider text and discourse structure from the perspective of language variation, with a special focus on the distinction between language modes (spoken vs. written) (Biber 1988) and the degree of formality involved (Chafe & Danielewicz 1987). The medium we use to communicate (oral, written or even gestural) plays an important role in the choice we make, consciously or not, when structuring our discourse. However, a more nuanced view, which overrules the traditional dichotomy between speech and writing, consists in situating discourse on a stylistic continuum between a formal and an informal pole ('communicative distance and proximity') (Koch & Österreicher 2001).
Maria Josep Cuenca (University of València)
Mark Torrance (Nottingham Trent University)
Dorit Ravid (Tel Aviv University)
Diana Lewis (University of Lyon 2)
Call for Papers:
When organizing our discourse we can draw on linguistic structuring markers, such as connectives, discourse markers or frame markers (Hansen 1998, Schourup 1999), or on (marked) information structure constructions (e.g. clefting) (Lambrecht 1994, Grobet 2002). What is the impact of the nature of the medium (spoken vs. written) and of the style of the discourse at hand (formal vs. informal) on the choice of one linguistic expression or the other? While medium seems to play a role in the discrimination between text types (e.g. casual coffee conversation between colleagues, business meeting, e-novel), what about the potential impact of extra-linguistic parameters, such as emotional weight or spatio-temporal distance between the interlocutors, on the structuring of those texts? These questions bring us face to face with the limits of the traditional dichotomic representation opposing speech and writing on the sole basis of the medium at hand. Therefore, we propose to consider discourse structure not only from the perspective of variation between the written and the spoken mode, but also from the perspective of variation on a continuum from formal to informal ways of communicating.
In linguistics and psycholinguistics, these issues raise a number of questions:
- Which role do speech and writing play in the rise of structuring markers in diachrony? How can we trace the evolution of typical 'spoken' markers in the history of a language that is primarily written?
- What is the added value of contrastive (cross-linguistic) studies of discourse structuring markers?
-The constant evolution of new information technologies has led to the diversification of the means of communication. Does this imply that on-line press, texting language, chat, or videoconferencing have modified our linguistic behaviors? What is the impact of these new information technologies on discourse structuring?
- Is discourse processing different in speech and writing contexts, and what is the specific role of discourse structuring markers in production or comprehension?
- How does a native or non-native speaker learn to structure their discourse as a function of text type? What is the role of discourse structuring markers on comprehension? How can these specific markers be accounted for in the learning process?
We particularly encourage papers that address the links between written/spoken discourse structuring and one of the following research areas:
-Discourse and pragmatic markers
-Linguistic change and grammaticalization
-Segmentation and linearization of discourse
-Information structure (saliency, accessibility, topic/comment, etc.)
-Phraseology, collocation and formulaic language
-New media and computer-mediated communication
-Cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics
-Contrastive and cross-linguistic studies
-Language acquisition and teaching
-Multidimensional/multimodal approaches (syntactic, semantic, prosodic, gesture, etc.)
-Methodological issues (corpus, experimental, etc.)
There will be two different categories of presentation:
- Full paper (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion)
The posters are intended to present research still at a preliminary stage and on which researchers would like to get feedback.
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