LINGUIST List 25.1381|
Sat Mar 22 2014
Calls: Historical Linguistics, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Typology/Italy
Editor for this issue: Anna White
From: Andrea Sansò <asansogmail.com>
Subject: Pragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particle
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Full Title: Pragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particles
Short Title: PragmaComo
Date: 16-Oct-2014 - 17-Oct-2014
Location: Como, Italy
Contact Person: Andrea Sansò
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/pragmaworkshopcomo/
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Typology
Pragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particles: What do we know and where do we go from here?
dell'Insubria, Como (Italy), 16-17 October 2014
The workshop aims to contribute to the discussion on
the emergence and use of pragmatic markers (PMs), discourse markers (DMs) and modal particles (MPs). Although
classifications diverge in this field, PMs can be broadly defined as markers of functions belonging to the domains of social
cohesion (the H-S relationship; e.g. please, danke, etc.), DMs as strategies ensuring textual cohesion (discourse managing;
e.g. utterance initial usages of but, anyway, etc.), and MPs as signals of personal stance (the speaker’s perspective
towards the discourse and the interlocutor; e.g. German ja, eben etc.). PMs, DMs, and MPs have been the object of extensive
investigation. However, their heterogeneous character – i.e. the fact that they derive from many different sources, and
that they are multifunctional – has resulted in fragmentary descriptions that fit well the facts of a given language, but
may be seriously challenged when one extends the analysis to other languages.
Peter Auer (University of Freiburg), Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo), Silvia Dal Negro (Free University of Bozen), Chiara Fedriani (University of Bergamo), Chiara Ghezzi (University of Bergamo), Anna Giacalone Ramat (University of Pavia), Bernd Kortmann (FRIAS, Freiburg), Gianguido Manzelli (University of Pavia), Caterina Mauri (University of Pavia), Piera Molinelli (University of Bergamo), Paolo Ramat (IUSS Institute), Andrea Sansò (Insubria University - Como), Federica Venier (University of Bergamo), Alessandro Vietti (Free University of Bozen).
Kate Beeching (University of the West of England)
Yael Maschler (University of Haifa)
Mario Squartini (University of Turin)
Call for Papers:
The workshop, organized as part of the Italian National Research Program “Linguistic Representations
of Identity. Sociolinguistic Models and
Historical Linguistics” (www.mediling.eu),
welcomes papers providing new insights into classical issues such as the categorization of PMs/DMs/MPs, as well as papers
exploring other crucial (but less discussed) issues, such as the sociolinguistics of PMs, DMs and MPs. Particularly encouraged
are studies that take into account the languages of the Mediterranean, which are the focus of the Research Program, but
contributions on other languages (especially less described ones) are also welcome. The following is a list of relevant
questions, clustering around a few thematic foci:
(i) Universality vs. language-specificity: are PMs, DMs and MPs
universal or language-specific categories? If they are universal, which are the
criteria for distinguishing them? If they
are not, which approach to grammar is the most suitable to model their behavior?
(ii) PMs, DMs and MPs and their
functional equivalents: some of these categories are easy to recognize in some languages (e.g. MPs in German). In other
languages, it is more difficult to single out a class of MPs, DMs or
PMs. How do these languages perform the functions carried
out by MPs, DMs and PMs in other languages?
(iii) The sources of PMs, DMs and MPs: which are their most frequent sources?
Are there any regularities across languages in the processes leading from definable sets of sources to specific PMs/DMs/MPs? Are
their paths of development parallel, or do they display divergences? Are there any ‘pragmatic cycles’, comparable to Jespersen’s
cycles, accounting for their renewal?
(iv) PMs, DMs and MPs in contact: how do these markers behave in contact
situations? Are there any borrowability hierarchies among these types of markers? Are more hearer-sided markers (e.g. PMs vs.
MPs) more prone to be borrowed in contact situations?
(v) PMs, DMs and MPs as markers of sociolinguistic identity and
subjectivity: to what extent do these markers function as signals of sociolinguistic identity?
Is there any other type of social significance attached to them within a given community? How do they function to express
the speaker’s perspective towards the content s/he’s conveying, the interlocutor, or the communicative situation?
Authors are invited to submit a one-page abstract (with one additional page for examples),
keeping in mind that the slot for their communication will last 30 min. including discussion.
Abstracts should be
anonymous and should be sent as attachments in PDF format to: workshopcomogmail.com
Author(s) name(s) and affiliation should be indicated in the body of the email. The abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by two members
of the Scientific Committee. The publication of a selection of the papers as a book or a special issue of an
international journal is envisaged.
30 May 2014: Deadline for abstract submission
30 June 2014:
Notification of acceptance; (free) registration starts
9 October 2014: Registration ends
16-17 October 2014: Workshop
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