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Thu Feb 10 2011

Confs: 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
Date: 10-Feb-2011
From: Liesbeth Degand <liesbeth.deganduclouvain.be>
Subject: Across the Line of Speech and Writing Variation
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Across the Line of Speech and Writing Variation
Short Title: LPTS2011

Date: 16-Nov-2011 - 18-Nov-2011
Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Contact: Liesbeth Degand
Contact Email: lpts2011uclouvain.be
Meeting URL: http://www.uclouvain.be/lpts2011

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

Meeting Description:

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,

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).

Keynote speakers
- Maria Josep Cuenca (University of Valencia)
'The role(s) of discourse markers in oral and written argumentative texts'
- Diana Lewis (University of Lyon 2)
'The emergence of discourse markers from discourse constructions'
- Dorit Ravid (Tel Aviv University)
'Syntactic complexity in discourse production across different text types: a
developmental perspective'
- Mark Torrance (Nottingham Trent University)
'Micro and macro-level processes in the production of single sentences and
extended texts. Evidence from keystrokes and eye movements'
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