LINGUIST List 25.2907

Fri Jul 11 2014

Calls: Socioling, Pragmatics, Historical Ling, Discourse Analysis/Belgium

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Date: 11-Jul-2014
From: Chiara Ghezzi>
Subject: Positioning the Self and Others: Linguistic Traces
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Full Title: Positioning the Self and Others: Linguistic Traces

Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Contact Person: Chiara Ghezzi
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2014

Meeting Description:

This Panel concentrates on the relationship between self and other in communicative activities.
The panel intends to focus discussion on the linguistic means that speakers use to position:

(a) Themselves
(b) What they are communicating
(c) Their interlocutors in an interactional space

Linguistic markers such as those indexing the speakers' subjectivity are relevant in the construction of the relationship between self and other in the local context of interaction and in the wider context of societies between groups of individuals. Although speakers manifest subjectivity at all levels of language, this panel concentrates on elements belonging to the socio-pragmatic domain.

Speakers pragmatically modify the propositional content of utterances with, e.g., hedges and boosters (a bit, so) or pragmatic markers (like), and through these means convey their stances to guide the interpretation process. Similarly, the relationship with the interlocutor can be co-constructed through self-defining stances (I mean) and/or deferential address terms indexically associated with the social identity of interlocutors.

Some of these markers also acquire second or third order indexicalities (Silverstein 2003) when used by speakers to represent themselves as members of societal groups (e.g. Eng. like in young speech, T vs V address forms in present or past societies, Culpeper 2011). Pragmatic and discourse markers are interesting cases in point as the choice of a marker can be associated with the needs of speakers to belong to a particular social class (Huspek 1989) or in-group, or to affiliate with different varieties of the same language (Aijmer 2009, Cuenca 2008). They can be associated with the social identities of speakers (social roles, peer groups, Andersen 2001), social relationships, activities (debating, interviewing), social acts (requests, offers), attitudes and feelings (Andersen and Aijmer, 2011). This discussion calls into question, but is not limited to, deferential address terms, pragmatic and discourse markers, conversational routines, levels of indexicalities, all to be intended as linguistic means to position the self and the other.

Call for Papers:

By presenting their investigations, the participants will critically reflect on four thematic clusters of topics:

(1) Which linguistic forms convey a speaker's subjectivity and identity in the local context of interaction and to what level of language do they belong?
(2) Which forms position individual speakers or groups of speakers socially and culturally (because of their association with particular situations or situational dimensions)?
(3) What are the socio-cultural norms for language usage which enable speakers to represent their identities?
(4) What types of indexicalities and social markers emerge at the pragmatic level and what relationship do they have with sociolinguistic (regional, stylistic and social) variation? Is there a correlation between these indexicalities and the types of textual events where such phenomena appear?

The panel invites papers which apply different theories to the analysis of synchronic and diachronic data, from the spoken and written varieties of different languages. In this way, evidence may also be adduced of the ways that the articulation of subjectivities shifts in a range of language families and language types.

These topics may interest scholars working on interactional sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, variational pragmatics, and (historical) sociopragmatics.

If you would be interested to participate in the panel please send an abstract (max. 500 words) to until September 15, 2014. Please note that presenters at International Pragmatics Conference have to be (or become) IPRA members for two successive years (2014/2015). After being reviewed by the panel organizers, the panel contributions will have to be sent to the conference organizers individually by 15 October 2014.

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