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LINGUIST List 25.2995

Mon Jul 21 2014

Calls: Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Jul-2014
From: Marta Dynel <marta.dynelyahoo.com>
Subject: Theoretical Pragmatic and Philosophical Linguistic Insights into Irony and Deception
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Full Title: Theoretical Pragmatic and Philosophical Linguistic Insights into Irony and Deception

Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Contact Person: Marta Dynel
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2014

Meeting Description:

The overarching topic of this panel is untruthfulness, specifically communicating what the speaker believes to be untrue/false, which may be overt or covert from the hearer’s perspective. Overt untruthfulness shows in utterances to whose content the speaker does not subscribe, which the hearer is meant to recognise in order to infer implicit meanings, as is the case with irony. On the other hand, covert untruthfulness encompasses communicative strategies orientated towards deceiving the hearer and rests on the latter’s not acknowledging the speaker’s explicit or implicit communication of false beliefs.

Both irony and deception have garnered a lot of scholarly attention, but numerous problems are yet to be resolved. Each of these notions invites numerous definitional and classificatory problems. According to the well-entrenched classical definition, in irony, the intended meaning is opposite to the literal one. However, irony shows numerous manifestations which necessitate considerable reformulations, if not rejection, of the standard view. The mechanism of negation/opposition not only shows many subtypes but also is not always in operation. On the other hand, deception may be defined as causing the hearer (to continue) to hold a belief which the speaker believes to be false. It shows numerous manifestations, both verbal and non-verbal, each of which gives rise to many discussions on its underlying mechanisms and intrinsic characteristics.

Call for Papers:

This panel will offer a forum for researchers interested in the topic of irony and/or deception as viewed by the philosophy of language and theoretical pragmatics. The oral presentations can address any of the following topics, among other things:

- Competing approaches to irony (e.g. post-Gricean and neo-Gricean perspectives)
- Forms of irony and their workings, for instance: non-propositional irony, litotic irony, irony based on truthful assertions
- Types of deception and their mechanics: lying, bald-faced lying, lies of omission/half-truths, bullshitting, and other forms of deception
- The nature of intention and belief at the heart of deception
- The category of Quality serving irony and/or deception

Abstracts of 25-minute presentations (250 - 500 words, not including references and data) should be uploaded on the IPrA website and sent to Marta Dynel (marta.dynelyahoo.com) by 15 October 2014.

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