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Travaux interdiscplinaires sur la parole et le langage

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2016

Call Information:
Call for papers - Journal TIPA no 32, 2016
Tipa. Travaux interdisciplinaires sur la parole et le langage

Conflict in discourse and discourse in conflict

Guest editors: Tsuyoshi KIDA* & Laura-Anca PAREPA**

*Language and Communication Science Laboratory (LCSL)-Institute for Comparative Research in Human and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
**Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) University of Tsukuba, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Nowadays, conflict between individuals, countries or groups seems omnipresent. The reasons for this are numerous, be they religious, cultural, ideological, territorial, patrimonial or familial. Conflict manifests itself in numerous forms of expression and resolution, which can include diplomatic declarations, civil demonstrations, ideological clashes, family disputes, intercultural misunderstandings, lawsuits or other negotiations.

In the public or private sphere, conflict is triggered through the process of discourse being produced, disseminated, interpreted and amplified - therefore having an effect the opinions and attitudes of its receivers. At the same time, human beings are inherently endowed with the ability to manage and overcome these conflicts through lexical choice, ways of speaking, non-verbal communication, deconfliction techniques and conflict resolution methods. In other words, conflict is mediated through discourse.

The thematic concept for volume 32 of TIPA - conceived following collaboration between a linguist and an expert in political discourse - proposes to focus on the relations between discourse and conflict, within various disciplinary frameworks, in order to address the following questions: What type of discourse engenders conflict? What are the features specific to conflictual discourse in terms of prosody, semantics, pragmatics, discursive or interactional structure? How can conflict be dealt with and resolved? How can identities and images be constructed or deconstructed through speech acts? How can lexical choice influence the success or failure of strategic narratives in an official speech?

These are just some of the questions to which linguistics and language sciences, as well as other neighbouring disciplines, can be sensitive and to which the scientific community may propose comprehensive answers by engaging in interdisciplinary research.

This call for papers is open to theoretical and/or empirical contributions coming from researchers and experts from a wide range of disciplines including but not limited to: discourse analysis (political, media, forensic, international relations), pragmatics, sociolinguistics, interactional analysis, rhetoric, semantics, intercultural communication, discourse prosody, multimodality, neurolinguistics, etc.

The language of publication will be either English or French. Each article should contain a detailed two-page abstract in the other language, in order to make papers in French more accessible to English-speaking readers, and vice versa, thus insuring a larger audience for all the articles.

Important dates

June 30: due date for submission of articles
September 15: notification of acceptance
October 30: receipt of final version
December: publication.

Submission guidelines

Please send your proposal in three files to:

- One file in .doc containing the title, name and affiliation of the author(s).
- Two anonymous files, in .doc and .pdf format

Instructions for authors can be found at