LINGUIST List 24.2573

Tue Jun 25 2013

Calls: General Linguistics/Germany

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Date: 25-Jun-2013
From: Jörg Meibauer <>
Subject: DGfS 2014 Workshop: Pejoration
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Full Title: DGfS 2014 Workshop: Pejoration
Date: 05-Mar-2014 - 07-Mar-2014 Location: Marburg, Germany Contact Person: Jörg Meibauer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2013

Meeting Description:

The DGfS Workshop on Pejoration, 36th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS), will be held at Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, March 5-7, 2014. The goal of this workshop is to connect linguists with researchers from related fields who are interested in pejoration, and to encourage cross-fertilisation between fields. Multi-disciplinary and transversal analyses are welcome.

Topics include, but are not restricted to, the following types/conceptualisations of pejoration:

1. Pejoration in prosody, gesture and facial expression
2. Pejoration in morphology, in particular pejorative affixes
3. Pejoration in word semantics, e.g.: pairs like dog - mongrel; ethnic slurs/ethnophaulisms
4. Pejoration in sentence semantics, e.g., the meaning of sentences like Merkel is a kraut.
5. Pejoration in syntax, e.g. pejorative constructions
6. Pejoration in texts and discourse
7. The pragmatics of pejoration (pejorative speech acts, implicatures, presuppositions, etc.)
8. The acquisition of pejorative expressions
9. The change of pejorative expressions
10. Psycho- and neurolinguistic aspects of pejoratives
11. Pejorative phenomena under a typological perspective

Possible questions we would like to see addressed include the following (but many more can be envisioned):

a) How can we define pejoration as a linguistic notion?
b) What is the relation of pejoration to melioration?
c) Where is the pejorative or derogatory attitude of the speaker to be located?
d) Is pejorative meaning a component of literal meaning, e.g., a semantic feature?
e) Is pejorative meaning only activated in certain contexts of utterance?
f) Is pejorative meaning semantic, pragmatic, or both? Is pejorative meaning a presupposition, a conventional implicature, or a conversational implicature?
g) How can the context intensify or diminish pejorative force?
h) How is pejoration related to language use, e.g., hate speech or insulting?

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for the workshop ‘Pejoration’ at the 36th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Linguistics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft), March 5-7, 2014, organized by the Philipps University of Marburg, Germany.

Submissions will be evaluated by the workshop organizer (Jörg Meibauer). Up to 10 abstracts will be selected and submitted to the conference organizers on September 15, 2013.


1. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, including examples (full references should not be included in the abstract).
2. Submissions are restricted to one single-authored and one co-authored abstract at most (or two co-authored abstracts).
3. The language of the workshop is English: abstracts and talks will be in English.
4. Abstracts must be single-spaced and fully justified. The standard font will be 12 point Times New Roman.5. File format: *.pdf6. File name: [title.pdf]7. Submission email: (add ‘Abstract Submission Pejoration 2014’ in the subject line)

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: September 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2013Workshop: March 5-7, 2014

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