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LINGUIST List 23.3577

Mon Aug 27 2012

Confs: Cognitive Science, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Socioling/USA

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 27-Aug-2012
From: Marina Terkourafi <mt217illinois.edu>
Subject: Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Im/Politeness
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Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Im/Politeness
Short Title: LIAR III

Date: 29-Aug-2012 - 31-Aug-2012
Location: Urbana, IL, USA
Contact: Marina Terkourafi
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.liar3.illinois.edu/

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

Meeting Description:

Among the most exciting developments of the past couple of years in im/politeness research is the explicit link with cognitive science made in ongoing research on reasoning within experimental and game-theoretic pragmatics. The importance of this research is being increasingly recognized, with social and emotive factors in utterance production and interpretation emerging as a new focus in several areas of language study.

‘Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Politeness and Impoliteness’ is an international conference dedicated to how perceptions of politeness and impoliteness are shaped through language and affect the utterance interpretation process.

The conference, the first of its kind in the US, will take place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this week, Wednesday through Friday, August 29-31, 2012.

The specific goals of the conference are:

- to provide a platform for the presentation of the latest findings in im/politeness research, with an emphasis on innovative approaches that build on the methods of the sciences;
- to promote dialogue between scholars based in different parts of the world who are carrying out im/politeness research;
- to help identify areas of high priority within im/politeness research and help forge new international collaborations between linguists, social psychologists and cognitive scientists that will address these areas;
- to heighten the profile of im/politeness research among scholars and graduate students in the United States, and the Midwest in particular, by showcasing its theoretical and methodological reach, and potential for cross-disciplinary engagement.

As part of the conference, all six plenaries (by Jean-François Bonnefon, Thomas Holtgraves, Kate Beeching, Jonathan Culpeper, Holly Cashman, and Bruce Fraser) will be streamed live through the internet. To watch the talks, simply go to: http://www.liar3.illinois.edu/html/str/ at the time of the talk. Feel free to share this link and alert your students and colleagues to this unique opportunity!

For talk times and all other information, visit the conference website at:

http://www.liar3.illinois.edu/ (all times Central, GMT -6)

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