LINGUIST List 24.4849

Sun Dec 01 2013

Calls: Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Applied Ling, Forensic Ling/Spain

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <>

Date: 01-Dec-2013
From: Manuel Padilla Cruz <>
Subject: 6th International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics
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Full Title: 6th International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics Short Title: EPICS VI
Date: 12-May-2014 - 14-May-2014 Location: Seville, Spain Contact Person: Manuel Padilla Cruz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Forensic Linguistics; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 13-Dec-2013

Meeting Description:

The research group “Intercultural Pragmatic Studies (English-Spanish): Pragmatic and Discourse Issues” is pleased to announce the upcoming Sixth International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS VI, after the Spanish acronym for “Encuentros de Pragmática Intercultural, Cognitiva y Social”). EPICS VI will be held on 12-14 May 2014, at the University of Seville, Spain.

After having addressed issues related to (im)politeness, intercultural pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics and relevance theory in previous editions, the sixth EPICS Symposium turns its attention to conflict in language. Under the umbrella theme “Pragmatic Perspectives on Language Aggression and Conflict”, EPICS VI aims at providing a forum for practitioners of pragmatics and other related disciplines to present on their latest research, as well as to share experiences and suggest new avenues for research. EPICS VI also wishes to create awareness among graduate students of the growing interest in this area of linguistic expertise within the broad field of pragmatics.

EPICS VI will also host the European launching of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. Co-edited by Pilar Garcés Blitvich (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and Maria Sifianou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), JLAC focuses on the study of aggression and conflict, as manifested in language, from different perspectives such as discursive, pragmatic, sociolinguistic, cultural, cognitive, applied linguistics, or anthropological. Because of the thematic connections between JLAC and EPICS VI, a selection of the best contributions presented at EPICS VI will be published in a special issue JLAC.

Keynote Speakers:

We are very honoured that Professor Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) and Professor John Joseph (The University of Edinburgh) have agreed to be EPICS VI keynote speakers.

Conference Fees:

Until January 30, 2014:

Attendants: EUR 100Speakers: EUR 150

After January 30:

Attendants: EUR 125Speakers: EUR 175

These fees are for the full conference (12-14 May) and include the conference pack, coffee breaks and lunches. There will be a conference dinner, whose price is not included in the conference fee. The account to deposit the registration fee will be announced in the second call for papers. Presentations will not be included in the final program if registration fees have not been prepaid. Please note that payment on site will not be possible. In the next call for papers, information about accommodation will also be included.

Final Call for Papers:

Conference Presentation Types:

We welcome original papers, written in English, on any of the subjects that come within the list of conference topics below or on any other topic related to language aggression and conflict. Presentations can be made in any of the following types:

A) Individual Oral Presentations:

These must be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

B) Themed Panels:

These must contain a number of thematically-related papers, each of which must be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals for panels should also include a chair.

C) Posters:

Participants presenting a poster must obey the following norms:

- Posters should be no larger than 118,9 x 84,1 cm (A0).
- They may be printed in colour or in black and white.
- Poster presenters must bring a printed copy of their poster with them to the conference. Note that there will not be printing facilities at the conference venue. Presenters will also be responsible for displaying the poster and turning it down at the time and in the place designated by the conference organisers.


EPICS VI especially focuses, but is not limited to contributions, that address, explore or analyse in depth language aggression and conflict from a pragmatic perspective, as well as to works that present theoretical developments and practical applications on, among others, the following topics:

- Gender differences in language aggression and conflict
- Language aggression and conflict among family members
- Language aggression and conflict in work/academic settings
- Language aggression, conflict and identity
- Emotional communication and conflict
- Impoliteness
- Language aggression and conflict in the classroom
- Language aggression and conflict in political discourse
- Language aggression and conflict in the (digital) media.
- Language aggression and conflict in inter/cross cultural communication
- Language aggression and conflict in service encounters
- (Intercultural) Business and conflict
- Forensic linguistics


Proposals must be sent as email attachment to both Manuel Padilla Cruz ( Proposals must contain the following information:

A) Oral Presentations and Posters:

Contributors to EPICS VI, regardless of whether they give an oral presentation or present a poster, must submit a one-page abstract no longer than 350 words, accompanied by the following information:

i. Author’s name(s) and affiliation
ii. Title of paper
iii. Audio-visual equipment required (computer, VHS video, OHP, etc.)
iv. Email address(es)
v. Postal address(es)

B) Themed Panels:

Panel proposals must include a one-page abstract no longer than 350 words for the panel, accompanied by the respective 350-word abstracts for each of the presentations included in the panel. The same information as above must also be included for each of the papers in the panel.


Please note that deadline for receipt of abstracts has been extended to 13 December 2013. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 January.


After the Symposium, EPICS VI participants are invited to submit revised and extended versions of their work for publication in any of the following venues:

A) Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict
B) An edited collection

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