LINGUIST List 23.3165

Mon Jul 23 2012

Confs: Cognitive Science, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Socioling/USA

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <>

Date: 23-Jul-2012
From: Marina Terkourafi <>
Subject: Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Im/Politeness
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Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Im/Politeness Short Title: LIAR III

Date: 29-Aug-2012 - 31-Aug-2012 Location: Urbana, IL, USA Contact: Marina Terkourafi Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Among the most exciting developments of the past couple of years in im/politeness research is the explicit link with cognitive science made in ongoing research on reasoning within experimental and game-theoretic pragmatics. The importance of this research is being increasingly recognized, with social and emotive factors in utterance production and interpretation emerging as a new focus in several areas of language study.

‘Empirical and Experimental Approaches to Politeness and Impoliteness’ is the third in a series of international conferences dedicated to Linguistic Impoliteness and Rudeness (LIAR III) and the first in a series of im/politeness symposia organized annually since 2005 to be held outside Europe.

The specific goals of the conference are:

- To provide a platform for the presentation of the latest findings in im/politeness research, with an emphasis on innovative approaches that build on the methods of the sciences;- To promote dialogue between scholars based in different parts of the world who are carrying out im/politeness research;- To help identify areas of high priority within im/politeness research and help forge new international collaborations between linguists, social psychologists and cognitive scientists that will address these areas;- To heighten the profile of im/politeness research among scholars and graduate students in the United States, and the Midwest in particular, by showcasing its theoretical and methodological reach, and potential for cross-disciplinary engagement.

The conference will take place from August 29-31, 2012, at the Levis Faculty center of the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois.

Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Politeness and Impoliteness (LIAR III) will take place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 29-31, 2012. The full conference program is now available at:

Plenary speakers and titles of talks:

Kate Beeching (University of the West of England):'Corpus approaches to politeness, pragmatic ambiguity and semantic change'

Jean-François Bonnefon (CNRS, Toulouse):'Experiments on Politeness and Reasoning'

Holly Cashman (University of New Hampshire):'Regulating the (Un)acceptable: Public Service Announcements, Insults and (Im)polite Society'

Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University):'The Prosody of (Im)politeness'

Thomas Holtgraves (Ball State University):'Face-Work and Utterance Interpretation'

Bruce Fraser (Boston University):'Cell phone etiquette across the ages'

The conference is generously supported by the NSF as well as the following campus and corporate sponsors:

College of Liberal Arts and SciencesCollege of EducationHewlett International Conference GrantIllinois Program for Research in the HumanitiesSchool of Literatures, Cultures and LinguisticsDepartment of LinguisticsBeckman Institute Cognitive Science / Artificial Intelligence CommitteeDepartment of Educational PsychologyDepartment of Spanish, Italian and PortugueseDepartment of French/FrenchIllinoisBrill Academic PublishersJohn Benjamins Publishing Co.

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