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LINGUIST List 23.1121

Tue Mar 06 2012

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Italy

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>


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Date: 05-Mar-2012
From: Alan Partington <alanscott.partingtonunibo.it>
Subject: Corpus-assisted Discourse Studies
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Full Title: Corpus-assisted Discourse Studies
Short Title: CadsConf #1

Date: 13-Sep-2012 - 14-Sep-2012
Location: Bologna, Italy
Contact Person: Alan Partington
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www3.lingue.unibo.it/blog/clb/?p=287

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 07-May-2012

Meeting Description:

Corpus-assisted Discourse Studies: More than the Sum of Discourse Analysis and Computing?

Featured speakers include:

Michael Hoey (Liverpool), Paul Baker (Lancaster), Tony McEnery (Lancaster), Ramesh Krishnamurthy (Aston), Costas Gabrielatos (Lancaster), Alan Partington (Bologna)

The term corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS) was coined ten years ago. Although such research dates back at least to Biber (1988) and Stubbs (1996), it was in those days still possible to lament:

In comparison with the impressive strides corpus linguistics has made in the fields of lexicography, grammatical description, register studies, etc, it has had relatively little to say in describing features of discourse, particularly of interaction, that is, the rhetorical aspects of texts.

This is clearly no longer the case. In these ten years CADS has come of age with major projects under its belt on, among others, the reporting of immigration, reporting the Iraq conflict, White House press relations and perceptions of the EU. Language topics studied include evaluation, discourse organisation, facework/politeness, metaphor, irony, stylistics, diachronic linguistics, and many more.

But new questions have arisen. Is CADS a coherent discipline? What are its methods? What are the overall objectives of CADS research(ers)? Has its focus altered over the years and is it likely to alter in the future? And, of course: is it more than just the sum of discourse analysis and computing? If so, what is its added value?

Call for Papers:

We invite speakers to share their own experiences of using corpus techniques to shed light on discourse and to debate these fundamental questions.

Talks will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.

Abstracts:

Please send abstracts to: catharina.solano2unibo.it.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words (including references) and should specify five keywords. Please supply abstract by email without name with a separate document with name and affiliation. Address email subject as 'CADS conference'. Abstracts will be sent for anonymous refereeing.

The number of conference places is limited to 40.

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: May 7, 2012
Notification of acceptance/non acceptance: May 20, 2012
Registration begins & programme published: May 22, 2012

Conference fees: to be announced

Scientific Committee:

Alan Partington (Bologna)
Anna Marchi (Lancaster)
Costas Gabrielatos (Lancaster)
Jane Johnson (Bologna)
Charlotte Taylor (Portsmouth)
Alison Duguid (Siena)
John Morley (Siena)
Federica Ferrari (Bologna)

For further information, please contact Anna Marchi (anna.marchiunibo.it).



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