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LINGUIST List 23.1105

Mon Mar 05 2012

Calls: Pragmatics, Historical Ling, Discourse Analysis/Poland

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Date: 04-Mar-2012
From: Matylda Wlodarczyk <wmatyldaifa.amu.edu.pl>
Subject: On the Development of Extraterritorial Varieties
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Full Title: On the Development of Extraterritorial Varieties

Date: 08-Sep-2012 - 10-Sep-2012
Location: Poznań, Poland
Contact Person: Matylda Wlodarczyk
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2012

Meeting Description:

On the Development of Extraterritorial Varieties: Migrants, Women, and Other Providers of 'Bad Data'

Within the disciplines of socio-historical linguistics, historical pragmatics and discourse analysis the issue of evidence has been subject to ongoing debate over the last two decades. The resulting consensus involves accepting many sources, previously regarded as 'bad data', as valid objects of linguistic inquiry. For instance, historical correspondence, once a debatable source of data (cf. the reservations in Wright 1989), has been widely analysed using the tools drawn from contemporary conversation analysis or other frameworks developed in natural data contexts (e.g., Culpeper and Kádár 2010). More interest in the so-far unexplored evidence arose from the need for approaches offering language histories 'from below' (Elspass et al. 2007; cf. also Nurmi - Nevala - Collin 2009; Langer - Davies - Vandebussche 2012) as an alternative to the histories of standard languages. These postulates involve a shift from the focus on the language of high social strata to the less prominent varieties, such as those used by the lower social classes and underprivileged groups (e.g., immigrants, women, etc.). At the same time, more emphasis needs to be placed on the value of first-hand attestations of the past stages of languages (cf. Pahta and Jucker 2011).

All of the above trends are relevant to the historical study of transported varieties, especially in the periods of restricted literacy. This panel offers an overview of the more recent approaches to the study of linguistic histories, particularly in extraterritorial contexts. This event's central goal is to present the analytic tools and theoretical resources needed to revise and expand the current frameworks and models of development of transported varieties (e.g., Trudgill 2004; Schneider 2007) with regard to the nature of the primary sources. This session brings together a wide-ranging group of linguists who have interest and expertise in the sociolinguistic, pragmatic and discourse-based descriptions of the development of transported varieties across time and space. We anticipate that the audience members will be attracted from across the various disciplines of socio-historical linguistics and more broadly across the field of linguistics.


Culpeper, Jonathan and Dániel Z. Kádár (eds.). Historical (Im)politeness Research. Bern: Peter Lang.
Elspass, Stephan, Nils Langer, Joachim Scharloth and Wim Vandenbussche (eds.). 2007. Germanic Language Histories 'from below' (1700-2000). Berlin: de Gruyter.
Langer, Nils, Steffan Davies and Wim Vandenbussche (eds.). 2012. Language and History, Linguistics and Historiography. Interdisciplinary Approaches. Bern: Peter Lang.
Nurmi, Arja, Minna Nevala and Minna Palander-Collin (eds.). 2009. The Language of Daily Life in England (1400-1800). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Pahta, Päivi and Andreas H. Jucker (eds.). 2011. Communicating Early English Manuscripts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Schneider, Edgar. 2007. Postcolonial English: Varieties Around the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Trudgill, Peter. 2004. New-Dialect Formation. The Inevitability of Colonial Englishes. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Wright (Fitzmaurice), Susan. 1989. Private language made public. The language of letters as literature. Poetics 18: 549-78.

Call for Papers:

We invite the submission of abstracts addressing all aspects of the development of extraterritorial varieties as well as synchronic descriptions of their first-hand attestations in various historical stages. These include, but are not limited to:

- Models of development of transported varieties
- Data problem
- Language histories 'from below'
- Language of 'daily life'
- Standardisation
- Historical pragmatics
- Historical correspondence
- Discourse-based approaches
- Genre studies
- (Im)politeness

Send your abstract of no more than 500 words (including references), in .doc format, to the following email address:


We stipulate that abstracts should specify the following:

- Research question/problem
- Data/method
- Results/expected results

Deadline: 15 April 2012

Session Organiser:

Matylda Włodarczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)

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