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Mon Jan 30 2012

Calls: Discourse Analysis, General Linguistics/Italy

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        1.     Anita Fetzer , Communication of Certainty and Uncertainty: Linguistic, Psychological, Philosophical Aspects

Message 1: Communication of Certainty and Uncertainty: Linguistic, Psychological, Philosophical Aspects
Date: 30-Jan-2012
From: Anita Fetzer <anita.fetzeruni-wuerzburg.de>
Subject: Communication of Certainty and Uncertainty: Linguistic, Psychological, Philosophical Aspects
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Full Title: Communication of Certainty and Uncertainty: Linguistic, Psychological, Philosophical Aspects

Date: 03-Oct-2012 - 05-Oct-2012
Location: Macerata, Italy
Contact Person: Andrzej Zuczkowski
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.unimc.it/cuc

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2012

Meeting Description:

Communication of Certainty and Uncertainty: Linguistic, Psychological, Philosophical Aspects
3-5 October 2012
University of Macerata (Italy)

The Conference focuses on how interlocutors express their individual degrees of Certainty or Uncertainty towards the piece of information they are giving during the communicative process, i.e. at the time when (=Now) and in the place where (=Here) communication occurs. This topic may be related, more or less directly, to what in the linguistic literature is called epistemicity and evidentiality.


Andrzej Zuczkowski (University of Macerata, Italy)
Sibilla Cantarini (University of Verona, Italy)
Anita Fetzer (University of Wuerzburg, Germany)

Plenary Speakers:

Jan Nuyts (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Franz Hundsnurscher (University of Muenster, Germany)
Werner Abraham (University of Vienna Austria)

Registration Fee:

Regular: 120 Euros (early bird) - 140 Euros (regular)
Students: 60 Euros (early bird) - 70 Euros (regular)

Website: http://www.unimc.it/cuc
Contact: conference.cucunimc.it

2nd Call for Papers:

Proposals are invited for papers mainly on linguistic, psychological and philosophical aspects of the communication of Certainty and Uncertainty. The Conference aims to be interdisciplinary and therefore welcomes proposals from scholars from different areas. We are particularly interested in studying the communication of Certainty and Uncertainty in dialogue; we are interested in how it evolves during the interactional sequences between at least two interlocutors, how an interlocutor switches from Certainty to Uncertainty and vice versa, how a content communicated as Certain or Uncertain is disrupted or argued, negotiated and co-constructed by the interlocutors. This may also be approached from a non-verbal communication standpoint.

The Conference topic can be approached from different perspectives and in different - European and non-European - languages.

Possible Related Topics:

- Lexical and morphosyntactic markers of evidentiality and epistemicity
- Decision making
- Deceptive communication
- Counterfactual thought
- Knowledge and beliefs
- Probability, possibility, reliability, likelihood, plausibility
- Language and cognition
- Language acquisition
- Discourse analysis
- Mitigation and hedging
- Politeness
- Speech acts
- Temporal dimensions and tense
- Epistemic future
- Language and power
- Argumentation and persuasion
- Embodied agents

For more information on submission guidelines, please view our website:


Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2012

Organizing Committee:

Andrzej Zuczkowski, Ilaria Riccioni, Ramona Bongelli, Carla Canestrari: Research Centre for Psychology of Communication, University of Macerata, Italy
Sibilla Cantarini: Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Verona, Italy
Anita Fetzer: Lehrstuhl für englische Sprachwissenschaft, University of Wuerzburg, Germany

Scientific Committee:

Karin Aijmer (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Luigi Anolli (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy), Lawrence Berlin (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA), Ramona Bongelli (University of Macerata, Italy), Carla Canestrari (University of Macerata, Italy), Giovanni Gobber (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milano, Italy), Franz Hundsnurscher (University of Muenster, Germany), Wolf Peter Klein (University of Wuerzburg, Germany), Alessandro Laudanna (University of Salerno, Italy), Vincenzo Lo Cascio (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Giuseppe Mininni (University of Bari, Italy), Francesco Orilia (University of Macerata, Italy), János Sándor Petöfi (University of Macerata, Italy; University of Pécs, Hungary), Ricardo Pietrobon (Duke University, North Carolina, USA), Isabella Poggi (University of Roma 3, Italy), Ilaria Riccioni (University of Macerata, Italy), Christoph Schubert (University of Vechta, Germany), Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen (Ghent University, Belgium), Marcello Soffritti (University of Bologna, Italy), Stefania Stame (University of Bologna, Italy)

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