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LINGUIST List 23.1154

Wed Mar 07 2012

Calls: Text/Corpus Ling, Socioling, Discourse Analysis, General Ling/Finland

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Date: 06-Mar-2012
From: Pekka Posio <pekka.posiohelsinki.fi>
Subject: Grammar and Genre: Interfaces and Influences
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Full Title: Grammar and Genre: Interfaces and Influences

Date: 24-Oct-2012 - 26-Oct-2012
Location: Turku, Finland
Contact Person: Meri Larjavaara
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://www.confitur.net/grammar-and-genre

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

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2012

Meeting Description:

Grammar and Genre: Interfaces and Influences
October 24-26, 2012
Turku, Finland

The Linguistic Association of Finland (in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities of Åbo Akademi University)

Variation is one of the key themes in modern grammatical studies, and its investigation highlights the role of contextual factors in the structure of language. These factors can be on many levels and of many different types. The mere genre to which a text belongs potentially dictates a variety of linguistic structures. (For studies about genre see e.g. Bakhtin 1986 to begin with, and more recently Martin & Rose 2008, Biber & Conrad 2009, and Dorgeloh & Wanner 2010.)

This symposium aims to study the interfaces between grammar and genre: the purpose is to investigate how genre affects grammatical choices. How are genre distinctions reflected in grammar, be it for example literary vs. media genres, or distinctions such as argumentative, informative, persuasive, expressive, or narrative genres? Is a specific genre belonging to a particular domain, e.g. sport news vs. economy news, characterized by certain grammatical choices? Possible genre distinctions are various, and both empirical questions related to the theme and more theoretical implications and reflections thereof are welcome.

We would like to bring together linguists from different fields: linguists studying languages with a small number of speakers, linguists whose data come from languages with millions of speakers and a wide variety of institutionalized genres, theoretically oriented linguists to discuss the implications, as well as linguists with more empirical concerns.

Invited Plenary Speakers:

Maarten Mous, Leiden University
Maria Vilkuna, Institute for the Languages of Finland
Tuija Virtanen-Ulfhielm, Åbo Akademi University
Anja Wanner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scientific Committee:

Heidrun Dorgeloh
Kjersti Fløttum
Jyrki Kalliokoski
Ritva Laury
Jan Nuyts
María José Serrano
Susanna Shore
Anna Solin
Geoff Thompson

Organizing Committee:

Meri Larjavaara
Sonja Dahlgren
Arja Hamari
Leena Maria Heikkola
Lotta Jalava
Santra Jantunen
Pekka Posio
Ilona Rauhala
Erika Sandman
Maija Sirola
Elina Tapio
Mikko Virtanen
Katja Västi
Milja Väänänen


Presentations by the invited speakers
Presentations by other participants


Bakhtin, M. 1986: Speech genres and other late essays. Translated by Vern W. McGee. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press.
Biber, D. & S. Conrad 2009: Register, genre and style. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dorgeloh, H. & A. Wanner (eds) 2010: Syntactic variation and genre, Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton.
Martin, J. R. & D. Rose 2008: Genre relations. Mapping culture. London: Equinox.

For more information please visit the webpage of the symposium at:


Call for Papers:

We warmly welcome papers related to these questions. Possible topics for talks include, but, as usual, are not restricted to, the following:

- How does the grammarian take into account the belonging of the data to a certain genre? If the available data is restricted to a particular genre, how does this affect the results? How does the field worker react to this?
- How does the linguist identify the genre in question?
- Why do some grammatical constructions appear only in a specific genre?
- Is grammar one and only for a given language? How do we account for Coseriu's distinction sistema - norma social/individual - hablar concreto in empirical, data-driven linguistics?
- How can we use the outcomes of stylistics in modern grammatical studies (cf. Bally's stylistics a century ago), that is not only in the literary sense but to explore variation in grammar? What is the relationship between genre and style?
- How does the speaker manipulate grammar to create a genre?
- The concept of genre and language learning
- Genre in different domains
- Genre and language evolution
- Genre and language contacts: Does genre play a role in code switching?

Abstract Submission:

Please send your abstract no later than April 30, 2012 (see https://www.confitur.net/en/conferences/grammar-and-genre for instructions). The length of abstracts should not exceed 500 words (excluding data and references). Abstracts will be evaluated by the members of the scientific committee and also by the organizing committee. Letters of acceptance will be sent by June 5, 2012.


The symposium can include workshops. Proposals for them should be submitted no later than April 2, 2012 (see https://www.confitur.net/en/conferences/grammar-and-genre for instructions). Notification of acceptance will be given by April 16. These one-day workshops will run in parallel sessions with the main conference program. Alternatively, the first day of the symposium may be dedicated to workshops. The symposium organizers will provide the lecture rooms and other facilities, but the workshop organizers will be responsible for the organization of their workshops (choosing the speakers etc.).

Key Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: April 30, 2012
Notification of acceptance: June 5, 2012
Proposals for workshops: April 2, 2012
Notification of acceptance of workshops: April 16, 2012

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