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LINGUIST List 23.4744

Tue Nov 13 2012

Calls: Pragmatics/Italy

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

Date: 13-Nov-2012
From: Francesca Bianchi <francesca.bianchiunisalento.it>
Subject: Pragmatics on the Go - Teaching and Learning about Pragmatics: Principles, Methods and Practices
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Full Title: Pragmatics on the Go - Teaching and Learning about Pragmatics: Principles, Methods and Practices

Date: 17-Jun-2013 - 20-Jun-2013
Location: Padua, Italy
Contact Person: Sara Gesuato
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2013

Meeting Description:

The Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies of the University of Padua is organizing the conference 'Pragmatics on the Go - Teaching and Learning about Pragmatics: Principles, Methods and Practices' to be held in Padua from 17 to 20 June 2013.

Conference Theme:

Over the last 30 years, experts in pragmatics have convincingly pointed out how pragmatic skills are not picked up intuitively by foreign or second language learners, even after intensive exposure to and practice in the language, and how the development of pragmatic competence strongly benefits from explicit instruction and training. Yet, so far linguistic pragmatics has not often been the explicit focus of attention in foreign/second language curriculum planning and design.

This conference aims to bring together linguists and teachers active in pragmatics and related disciplinary fields (e.g. sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, language education, communication studies) to share experiences and discuss proposals regarding approaches to the teaching and learning of linguistic pragmatics in the context of second/foreign language education.

General Information:

- Information about registration, accommodation, the social programme will appear on the conference website in late March 2013.
- No conference registration fee is envisaged.
- The conference homepage is in preparation.

Scientific Committee:

Francesca Bianchi (University of Salento, Italy)
Claudia Caffi (University of Genoa, Italy)
Roberta Facchinetti (University of Verona, Italy)
Elisabetta Fava (University of Ferrara, Italy)
Sara Gesuato (University of Padua, Italy)
Elizabeth Swain (University of Trieste, Italy)

Organizing Committee:

Francesca Bianchi (University of Salento, Italy)
Sara Gesuato (University of Padua, Italy)

Call for Papers:

We invite the submission of abstracts addressing all aspects of the teaching and learning of pragmatics. These include, but are by no means limited to, the following topics:

- Pragmatic competence in the native/dominant language: determining what socio-pragmatic and pragmalinguistic skills, if any, to develop in learners' main/native language; using learners' pragmatic competence in their main language to develop competence in the second/foreign language
- Students' needs analysis: identifying students' own learning goals in the second/foreign language
- Teachers' needs analysis: locating, selecting, adapting and sharing resources; networking among linguists and language teachers
- Teacher training: empowering language teachers to acquire the competence necessary to teach about linguistic pragmatics
- Syllabus design: discussing the topics in theoretical pragmatics, and the competences and skills in language use, which should become part of a standard foreign/second language curriculum
- Approaches to teaching pragmatics: comparing methods for teaching and learning pragmatics
- Pragmatics and language proficiency: selecting the types of pragmatic knowledge, competence and skills that are desirable for different levels of language proficiency
- Testing of pragmatics: methods in the qualitative and quantitative assessment of learners' pragmatic competence
- Pragmatics for linguists vs. language teachers/learners: bridging the gap between scholars and language teachers: making theoretical knowledge of pragmatics directly relevant to language teaching and learning, and letting language teachers/learners' needs and goals inform pragmaticians' research
- Pragmatics and other branches of linguistics: identifying the communicative functions performed through the prosodic, morphological, syntactic resources of the foreign/second language
- Pragmatics for conversation: approaches to raising awareness of the initiating and reacting communicative strategies of spoken interaction
- Pragmatic competence in genre use: approaches to raising awareness of the socio-pragmatic and pragmalinguistic features of specific genres across different languages
- Pragmatics and grammar: identifying the grammatical topics necessary to develop linguistic, pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic competences
- Pragmatics for specific purposes: identifying and developing the pragmatic skills required by specific professions (e.g. translators)
- Pragmatics databases: compiling, designing and tagging corpora for research on and/or the teaching of pragmatics

Abstract Submission:

To submit your contribution, prepare two files, in English, one with your abstract, the other with your personal data:


- Line 1: please indicate whether the intended contribution is a full paper, a work-in-progress report or a poster
- Line 2: please provide the title of your abstract
- Line 3 and following: please insert the body of the abstract. This should be between 400 and 500 words (exclusive of references) and should state research questions, approach, method, data and results. Please highlight any new findings (e.g. facts, interpretations, theoretical implications, practical applications) that your work contains.
- Include optional references at the end
- NB: nowhere should the author(s)' names be given.

Personal Data: please list the following, in this order:

- Line 1: title of abstract
- Line 2: family name
- Line 3: given name
- Line 4: affiliation
- Line 5: email address
- Line 6: address for correspondence
- Line 7: phone number (optional)
- Line 8: fax number (optional)

Email your two files as attachments to Sara Gesuato at sara.gesuatounipd.it, specifying 'Pragmatics on the go: abstract submission' in the subject heading

Additional Policies:

- Every author may submit a maximum of two abstracts if at least one of these is co-authored.
- The deadline for abstract submission is 15 February 2013.
- Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously.
- Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the end of March 2013.

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