LINGUIST List 23.4741

Tue Nov 13 2012

Confs: Pragmatics/Italy

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <>

Date: 13-Nov-2012
From: Francesca Bianchi <>
Subject: Pragmatics on the Go - Teaching and Learning about Pragmatics: Principles, Methods and Practices
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Pragmatics on the Go - Teaching and Learning about Pragmatics: Principles, Methods and Practices

Date: 17-Jun-2013 - 20-Jun-2013 Location: Padua, Italy Contact: Sara Gesuato Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Meeting Description:

The Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies of the University of Padua is organizing the conference ‘Pragmatics on the Go - Teaching and Learning about Pragmatics: Principles, Methods and Practices’ to be held in Padua from 17 to 20 June 2013

Conference Theme:

Over the last 30 years, experts in pragmatics have convincingly pointed out how pragmatic skills are not picked up intuitively by foreign or second language learners, even after intensive exposure to and practice in the language, and how the development of pragmatic competence strongly benefits from explicit instruction and training. Yet, so far linguistic pragmatics has not often been the explicit focus of attention in foreign/second language curriculum planning and design.

This conference aims to bring together linguists and teachers active in pragmatics and related disciplinary fields (e.g. sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, language education, communication studies) to share experiences and discuss proposals regarding approaches to the teaching and learning of linguistic pragmatics in the context of second/foreign language education.

General information:

- Information about registration, accommodation, the social programme will appear on the conference website in late March 2013.- No conference registration fee is envisaged.- The conference homepage is in preparation.

Scientific Committee:

Francesca Bianchi (University of Salento, Italy)Claudia Caffi (University of Genoa, Italy)Roberta Facchinetti (University of Verona, Italy)Elisabetta Fava (University of Ferrara, Italy)Sara Gesuato (University of Padua, Italy)Elizabeth Swain (University of Trieste, Italy)

Organizing Committee:

Francesca Bianchi (University of Salento, Italy)Sara Gesuato (University of Padua, Italy)

Provisional Academic Programme

Invited Speakers:

Eva Alcón Soler (University Jaume I, Spain)Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig (University of Indiana)Winnie Cheng (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)


The programme will consist of full papers, work-in-progress reports and posters. Full papers will be 20 minutes long plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion; work-in-progress reports will be 10 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Posters will be presented in a special session. Proposals for pre-conference workshops are also welcome.

Languages of the Conference:

English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. (However, all presenters will be asked to prepare their PPT slides and/or handouts in English.)

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