LINGUIST List 25.2939

Tue Jul 15 2014

Calls: Portuguese, Pragmatics, Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 14-Jul-2014
From: Karina Molsing <>
Subject: Portuguese as an Additional Language: Author Presence
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Full Title: Portuguese as an Additional Language: Author Presence

Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Contact Person: Karina Molsing
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): Portuguese

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2014

Meeting Description:

As the second most spoken Romance language and the fourth most spoken additional language in the world, Portuguese is considered a language of the future and is predicted to be spoken by 335 million people around the world by 2050. In the area of higher education, there has been a substantial increase in the number of foreign exchange students entering Brazilian and Portuguese higher education institutions. Therefore, contributions aimed at improving the teaching-learning processes of Portuguese as an Additional Language (PAL) are much needed at the academic level.

The aim of the panel is to bring together works in language acquisition, cross-cultural comparison and other corpus-based analyses in order to highlight author presence in Portuguese academic productions. Author presence includes terms such as 'stance' (Biber 2003, 2012), a broad concept that refers to how an author positions himself with respect to the target audience through the use of a variety of linguistic elements (e.g. pronoun choices) and strategies (e.g. hedging).

As Hyland (2002) claims, a central element of pragmatic competence is the ability of language users to construct a credible representation of themselves and their work, aligning themselves with the socially shaped identities of their communities. In this sense, academic writing and speaking, like all forms of communication, is an act of identity. In addition to conveying the scientific information, it also reflects the dominant cultural values of a linguistic community. Therefore, pragmatic resources are employed to share meanings, signal who we are and to draw in, influence and persuade readers and listeners.

Call for Papers:

In order to advance a discussion of how these pragmatic resources are established in academic discourses, we invite oral presentation proposals on theoretical studies and researches with learner or native speaker corpora to promote awareness raising regarding the linguistic expression of PAL learners in developing an effective stance in academic production.

Abstracts should be at least 250 and at most 500 words and should be sent to The deadline for abstract submissions is September 15, 2014.

Please note that all presenters at International Pragmatics Conference must be IPRA members.

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