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Studii de lingvistica

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2015

Call Information:
Issue 5/2015 of ''Studii de lingvistică'', coordinated by Liana Pop (Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca), welcomes submissions on the topic ''Micro/macro syntactic articulations'', aiming at bringing together studies based on existing analyses and models that have opened the field of linguistic investigation towards the description of discursive/textual structures as well as oral structures.

We make reference to the achievements of the 90s, when C. Blanche-Benveniste (1990, 1997) and A. Berrendonner (1989, 1990, 1993), launched two parallel perspectives on macro-syntax, putting forward units of analysis that differ from those of micro-syntax, but which are perceived as articulating one another (noyaux and ad-noyaux; clauses and périodes). Other models followed, proposing similar or different concepts:
- in terms of interventions, mouvements discursifs and échanges, at the dialogal and monologal levels (Roulet 1986);
- in terms of phrase de discours (Stati 1990, Roulet 1994), phrasage or séquences-activités (Pop 1997, 2003).

The maximal sequences described by Adam (1992), pointing to the discursive/textual macro-structures, may be considered as ''discursive programs'' which have to be dealt with at the same time as the phrase programs at the micro- level. Furthermore, a three-level interpretation of textualization has recently been proposed, taking into consideration a meso level, where several of these ''entities'' will be placed, as well as macro-acts (Kerbrat-Orecchioni 2001), episodes etc.

Beyond the linearity, several approaches have proposed models in terms of textual organization plans, networks, modules or spaces, in order to explain the complexity and the heterogeneous nature of discursive/textual articulations (Charolles 1988, Vlad 2003, Pop 2000, Roulet 2001).

It should be noted that the description of the relations in terms of parataxis vs hypotaxis concerns the micro/macro articulation for its historical perspective and its relation with the grammaticalization processes, the notion of graduality of the relations and of the functions (Charolles 2001, Pop 2005) or the semantic and pragmatic complexity of discourses/texts.

Taking as a starting point Anscombre and Ducrot's notion of argumentative orientation (1983), several approaches look at the relationship between language and discourse in terms of procedural meanings attached to the linguistic expressions and the generic notion of discursive orientation (Pop 2010) which derives from it will be in consensus with the theories sustaining the grammaticalization of interaction (Traugott & Dasher 2005, Hansen 1995) among others.

This plurality of approaches leads to further questions on the micro/macro-syntactic articulation, on oral corpora to be more exact, where harmonious structuring (good formation) and conflicting structuring (bad formation; cf. Apoteloz & Zay 1999) may represent interesting case studies (cf. Pop 2012, 2014), bringing a development on the conceptualization of the analyses.

Any research referring to the above-mentioned topic is welcome.

Languages: Romance and Germanic languages.

Varia articles may also be accepted as well as book reviews.

Submissions should contain the following information:
- author's name and affiliation,
- title and abstract (one A4 page).

Abstract submission: 31 January 2015

Papers (in English or French) should be sent to studiidelingvistica@uoradea.ro and liananegrutiu@yahoo.fr.

Guidelines for paper submission are available at http://studiidelingvistica.uoradea.ro


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