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Full Title: Discourse-Pragmatic Variation & Change 2

Short Title: DiPVaC2
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Start Date: 07-Apr-2014 - 09-Apr-2014
Contact: Heike Pichler
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Meeting URL: http://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/dipvac2014/
Meeting Description: Discourse-Pragmatic Variation & Change (DiPVaC) is a biennial international conference series which was devised to further the quantitative analysis of variation and change at the level of discourse-pragmatics. Following the success of DiPVaC1 in 2012, we are pleased to announce that DiPVaC2 will be held between 7 and 9 April 2014 at Newcastle University, UK.

DiPVaC2 provides a platform for the presentation of cutting-edge research into variation and change in the use of items and constructions often referred to as discourse markers or pragmatic particles whose primary functions are interpersonal and textual (e.g. well, like, you know, comme, alors, doch, zwar, diciamo, dakedo). It also provides a forum for the formation of new international and multidisciplinary research networks exploring the theoretical and social importance of quantitative research into discourse-pragmatic variation and change. The conference will bring together participants from across the world to achieve multiple aims:

- to discuss methodological, empirical and theoretical advancements in the analysis of variation and change in the use of discourse-pragmatic features;
- to examine the social implications and applications of research into the use of these features;
- to promote the field of discourse variation analysis within and beyond linguistics.

Confirmed plenary speakers at DiPVaC2 include:

Liesbeth Degand (University of Louvain-la-Neuve)
Stephen Levey (University of Ottawa)
Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto)

To promote collaboration across disciplines, the conference will also feature a workshop jointly led by discourse variationists and professionals from the fields of education and health care which explores the social applications of research into discourse-pragmatic variation and change.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.4051

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