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Wed Nov 02 2011

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/UK

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        1.     Heike Pichler , Discourse-Pragmatic Variation & Change


Message 1: Discourse-Pragmatic Variation & Change
Date: 02-Nov-2011
From: Heike Pichler <h.pichlersalford.ac.uk>
Subject: Discourse-Pragmatic Variation & Change
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Full Title: Discourse-Pragmatic Variation & Change
Short Title: DiPVaC

Date: 18-Apr-2012 - 20-Apr-2012
Location: Salford, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Heike Pichler
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://dipvac2012.weebly.com

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Nov-2011

Meeting Description:

Early quantitative sociolinguistics and quantitative corpus linguistics tended to neglect discourse-pragmatic features, i.e., linguistic items or expressions such as pragmatic particles, discourse markers, quotatives, intensifiers, general extenders, tag questions, etc. which are related by virtue of operating in the interpersonal and/or textual domains. It is only in recent decades that quantitative paradigms have witnessed a limited expansion in the study of these features. Amongst other things, these studies have demonstrated that the distribution of discourse-pragmatic features in the linguistic system is far from random, that changes in their usage and distribution are structured and principled, that many of their synchronic properties derive from the processes constituting grammaticalization, and that the social embedding of variation and change in their use may diverge from that of phonological or morpho-syntactic variables (see, for example, Aijmer 2002; Andersen 2001; Cheshire et al. 2005; D'Arcy 2005; Macaulay 2005; Tagliamonte & D'Arcy 2009). Yet despite the moderate upsurge in the quantitative study of discourse-pragmatic features, it is fair to say that discourse variation analysis is still at an embryonic stage (Macaulay 2002). There is little consensus in terms of methodology; analyses tend to focus on a few languages, a limited selection of variables as well as external constraints on variation; and quantitative studies of discourse-pragmatic change are often hampered by the shallow time-depth of synchronic corpora. These factors impede significant advancements and the formulation of a holistic theory of how discourse-pragmatic features vary and change.

The purpose of DiPVaC 2012 is to bring together scholars interested in the quantitative analysis of discourse-pragmatic features from any language variety, with the aims of:

1. Discussing methodological, empirical and theoretical issues in the quantitative analysis of discourse-pragmatic features;
2. Assessing the current state of the field and exploring new directions of enquiry;
3. Promoting the quantitative analysis of discourse-pragmatic features within and beyond (variationist and corpus) linguistics; and
4. Launching an international network of scholars working on discourse-pragmatic variation and change and providing a framework for future collaborations between participants.

Plenary Speakers:

Kate Beeching (University of West of England, UK), Spoken corpora, sociolinguistic variation and semantic change in French
Jenny Cheshire (Queen Mary, University of London, UK), 'Allow man still!' Discourse-pragmatic variation and change in language contact situations
Alexandra D'Arcy (University of Victoria, Canada), Counting matters: Normalization and accountability
Andreas H. Jucker (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Discourse markers in the history of English: Corpus evidence

Confirmed Pre-conference Workshop Leaders:

Alexandra D'Arcy (University of Victoria, Canada), For Ws and an H of mining corpora for discourse-pragmatic variation
Andreas H. Jucker (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Historical corpus pragmatics: Methodological challenges

Call for Papers:

We welcome papers dealing with, but not restricted to, the following topics:

- Methods in the quantitative analysis of discourse-pragmatic features
- Sociolinguistic patterns of discourse-pragmatic variation and change
- Social and geographical diffusion patterns of innovative discourse features
- (Language-internal) Patterns of geographical variation in discourse-pragmatics
- The role of discourse-pragmatic features in the construction and negotiation of social identities
- Discourse-pragmatic variation and change in contexts of language contact
- Contrastive/cross-linguistic studies of discourse-pragmatic variation and change
- The acquisition of discourse-pragmatic variation by children and second language learners
- Socio-perceptual studies of discourse-pragmatic variation
- Discourse-pragmatic variation across interactional, situational and technological settings
- Implications and applications of discourse variation analysis within and beyond linguistic theory

Abstract Submission:

We accept abstracts for both paper and poster presentations. Abstracts of up to 300 words excluding title and references should be submitted by e-mail attachment (.doc, .docx, .pdf) to dipvac2012gmail.com no later than 20 November 2011. Please give the title of your paper but do not include your name or other identifying information in the abstract. The title of the paper as well as name, affiliation and contact details of author(s) should be included in the body of your e-mail message. Abstracts will be refereed anonymously by members of the scientific committee, and authors will be notified of acceptance at the beginning of January 2012. Papers will be 20 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for questions. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the event and there will be a special poster session.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 November 2011
Notification of acceptance: at the beginning of January 2012
Pre-conference workshops: 18 April 2012
Conference: 18-20 April 2012

Local Organising Committee:

Heike Pichler - Main Organiser, h.pichlersalford.ac.uk
Gerry Howley - Conference Assistant, g.m.howleyedu.salford.ac.uk

Please address all enquiries to dipvac2012gmail.com.



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