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LINGUIST List 24.47

Tue Jan 08 2013

Calls: English, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Historical Ling, Ling & Lit/Italy

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

Date: 07-Jan-2013
From: Nicholas Brownlees <nicholas.brownleesunifi.it>
Subject: Workshop on Humour in Press News Discourse (1700-1900)
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Full Title: Workshop on Humour in Press News Discourse (1700-1900)

Date: 28-Aug-2013 - 30-Aug-2013
Location: Bergamo, Italy
Contact Person: Nicholas Brownlees
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2013

Meeting Description:

Title of Workshop: Humour in Press News Discourse (1700-1900)
Venue: 5th International Conference on Late Modern English, Bergamo, Italy http://www.unibg.it/LModE-5

Conference organiser: Prof. Marina Dossena, marina.dossenaunibg.it

The conference registration fees are advertised at http://wwwdata.unibg.it/dati/bacheca/1178/55408.pdf

Date: Wednesday 28 August - Friday 30 August 2013
Workshop convenors: Prof. Nicholas Brownlees (University of Florence, Italy), Prof. Isabel Ermida (University of Minho, Braga, Portugal)
Length of individual sessions in workshop: 15 minutes + 10 minutes questions

Call for Papers:

The workshop aims to examine the construction of humour in press news discourse in the late modern period. The scope of analysis comprises any print news texts in which the conventions of the genre, either in terms of structure or content, are parodied, satirised or simply the object of metatextual humorous commentary and a deliberate pretext for amusement. However, besides journalistic pieces proper, other genres such as reviews, letters, diaries, public documents and speeches may also provide insightful material into how features of print news were humorously perceived and constructed during the late modern period. Neither these genres nor the print news itself are confined to British English. We welcome varieties of LModE outside Britain. The contributions should focus on synchronic/diachronic aspects of texts and genres ranging from1700-1900.

Papers addressing any of the following news-related aspects are welcome:

- Structure of news discourse (e.g. chronological structure, inverted pyramid, lead, headline etc.)
- Language of news (lexis, syntax, morphology etc.)
- News discourse (register, evaluation, interactive features, etc.)
- News genres (editorials, hard news, features, letters to the editor, announcements, sports)

The examination of humour could incorporate any of the following areas:

- The linguistics of humour construction: phonetic and/or semantic puns, syntactic ambiguity, lexical choice
- Humorous stylistic devices such as irony, sarcasm, hyperbole and understatement
- Comic genres such as satire, parody and caricature
- The questions of comic intertetexuality and allusion
- The pragmatics of humorous interaction: presupposition, speech act misfiring, implicature, conversational maxim flouting, relevance, the unsaid, misunderstandings, politeness violations, etc.
- Humour theories: SSTH (1985), GTVH (1991), OSTH (2011)

Abstracts for 15-minute presentations should not exceed 300 words in length (references excluded). The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 February 2013. Acceptance of the abstract will be notified by 28 February 2013. In the abstract, please clearly indicate that the abstract is for the Workshop ‘Humour in Press News Discourse (1700-1900)’.

Send abstract simultaneously to:

1) Prof. Isabel Ermida, iermidailch.uminho.pt (preferably in word format)
2) Prof. Nicholas Brownlees, nicholas.brownleesunifi.it (preferably in word format)

Can you then also submit the abstract at:

3) http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/LModE-5-2013 (PDF format is required for this LINGUIST List submission)

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