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LINGUIST List 23.4177

Sun Oct 07 2012

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics/India

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

Date: 04-Oct-2012
From: Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen <Maj-Britt.MosegaardHansenmanchester.ac.uk>
Subject: (Co-)constructing Interpersonally Sensitive Activities across Institutional Settings
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Full Title: (Co-)constructing Interpersonally Sensitive Activities across Institutional Settings

Date: 08-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013
Location: New Delhi, India
Contact Person: Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE13&n=1447

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

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2012

Meeting Description:

(Co-)constructing Interpersonally Sensitive Activities across Institutional Settings


Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (University of Manchester, UK)
Rosina Marquez Reiter (University of Surrey, UK)

This panel will investigate how conversational participants go about broaching, constructing and negotiating potentially interpersonally sensitive act(ivitie)s or sequence types, with a focus on naturalistic spoken interaction across a range of institutional environments (e.g. commercial settings, medical/therapeutic settings, educational settings, media settings, etc.). Relevant activities may be (but are not limited to) complaining, disagreeing, and apologizing. (Potentially delicate activities such as requesting and thanking, among others, will only be considered in those cases where they are not contextually expected, and/or where expected instances display formats that interactants can be shown to orient to as marked in some way.)

Call for Papers:

We welcome analyses that focus on one or more of the following:

- (Para-)linguistic (co-)construction (prosody, grammar, gestures, and/or gaze)
- Sequential placement
- Socio-pragmatic import
- Aspects of identity construction and attribution
- Signs of interpersonal struggle and resistance
- Intra-setting variation in the handling of delicate activities which appears linked to parameters such as age, gender, social class or network

Contributors are encouraged (but not required) to pay attention to how the (co-)construction of such activities, and the type and format of the responses they receive from co-interactants, in institutional settings differ systematically from what may be found in informal, conversational settings within the same culture, and to what extent they may contribute to defining interactants in particular institutional settings as forming communities of practice.

While only studies involving data from the spoken channel (whether face-to-face or over the telephone/Skype) will be considered, multimodal data are very welcome. Studies may be limited to a single type of setting in a particular culture, but may also take a comparative perspective on one or both of these dimensions.

Contributions are invited from within a variety of theoretical and methodological frameworks, e.g. Conversation Analysis, (im)politeness theories, ethnography of communication, interactional sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, cross-cultural pragmatics.

Abstracts must be submitted via the official conference website:


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