LINGUIST List 23.3154

Mon Jul 23 2012

Confs: English, Linguistic Theories/France

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Date: 21-Jul-2012
From: Viviane Arigne <>
Subject: Metalinguistic Discourses
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Metalinguistic Discourses

Date: 12-Oct-2012 - 12-Oct-2012 Location: Villetaneuse (93), France Contact: Viviane Arigne Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

Metalinguistic Discourses. Theorization and Linguistic Research

The linguistic section of CRIDAF (EA453, Université Paris 13, PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité) is organising a one-day conference on the topic of ‘Metalinguistic Discourses’. The conference will take place at the Université Paris 13 in Villetaneuse on Friday 12 October 2012.

The aim of this one-day conference is to conduct an inquiry into the heterogeneity and variety of linguistic theories and linguistic theorization, by assessing the results of linguistic research as well as various theoretical frameworks, whether in English or general linguistics.

Contemporary linguistic research is diverse and uses a great variety of concepts and terms, which pertain to its fields of study (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics), to its various theoretical trends (Guillaume’s psycho-mechanics, generativist, enunciativist, cognitivist trends, etc.) or sub-trends (trace theory, binding theory, construction grammars, cognitive grammars, etc.). Other labels are used to refer to methods or working practices, such as field linguistics, corpus linguistics, automatic treatment of natural languages. All this leads to a proliferation of theoretical terms as well as theoretical discourses and to the consequent fragmentation of knowledge.

The discussions will try to analyse and possibly confront metalinguistic theoretical discourses so as to evaluate their descriptive and explanatory power. The issue can be approached from various angles.

- Some theoretical or descriptive stances sometimes translate rather easily into another theoretical framework. One may try to see how one particular stance is better adapted to the empirical phenomena one is endeavouring to analyse.- One may also study the theoretical frameworks English linguistics has given itself in France in the second half of the 20th century. Insofar as enunciativist theories acknowledge some kind of underlying cognitive basis, can some of their results be related to some of the propositions put forward by those grammars which call themselves cognitive?- Does one type of theorization make up for the shortcomings of another, for example, by giving explicit definitions, or clarifying its levels of description? Conversely, does one theoretical presentation which is given as new succeed in escaping repetition and theoretical psittacism? Does it actually break new ground?- Translating one theory into another sometimes implies abandoning certain theoretical concepts, stances or ways of reasoning which are shown to be no longer crucial or necessary. What should the linguist discard and what should he retain?

Three useful links: Book of Abstracts (résumés des communications):

Access to Villetaneuse (accès):

Registration and coffee breaks are free.

Lunch will be available at the « restaurant administratif » (payment on the premises).

Please tell us if you intend to attend the conference. We can then book the room accordingly.

If you wish to have lunch with us, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can book the appropriate number of tables and see that a sufficient number of meals is available.


8. 30Accueil et inscription / welcome, registration

9.00Ouverture / opening

9.30-10.15« Discours métalinguistique et représentation »Jean Pamiès (Université Toulouse 2-Le-Mirail)

10.15-11.00« Systèmes métalinguistiques énonciatifs pour l'analyse des configurations linguis¬tiques. Un exemple: la temporalité dans les langues »Jean-Pierre Desclés (LaLIC-STIH EA 4089, Université de Paris-Sorbonne) et Zlatka Guentchéva, (LACITO UMR 7107 de l'Université Paris 3 et du CNRS)


11.15-12.00« Pragmatic vs enunciative views of spoken English discourse: interpreting the prosody of certain parenthetical "comment clauses" »Steven Schaefer (Université Paris-Sorbonne, CLILLAC-ARP EA 3967 de l'Université Paris-Diderot-Paris 7)

12.00-12.45« Irony by two theoretical frameworks: Relevance theory and Argumentative polyphony theory »Tomonori Okubo (Kansai University, Japan)

12.45-14.15:déjeuner / lunch

14.15-15.00«Grammaire générative et linguistique cognitive. Sur les raisons d'une opposition théorique »Jean-Michel Fortis (HTL UMR 7597 de l'Université Paris-Diderot-Paris 7 et du CNRS)

15.00-15.45« De la fonction à la métafonction : évolution de la notion de fonction de Malinowski à Halliday »Charles-Henry Morling (HTL (Histoire des Théories Linguistiques), UMR 7597 de l'Université Paris-Diderot-Paris 7 et du CNRS)


16.00-16.45« Are possible worlds necessary? Evaluating theories of modality »Kate Judge (The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia)

16.45-17.30« Gradients syntaxiques, échelles graduées et ambiguïtés structurales »Olivier Simonin (VECT - Mare Nostrum EA 2983, Université de Perpignan)

17.30Clôture / conclusion

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