LINGUIST List 25.2961

Fri Jul 18 2014

Calls: Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Belgium

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Date: 17-Jul-2014
From: Valeria Sinkeviciute <>
Subject: The Pragmatics of Conversational Humour
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Full Title: The Pragmatics of Conversational Humour

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

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2014

Meeting Description:

Panel Organisers:

Valeria Sinkeviciute (IPrA Research Center, University of Antwerp)
Marta Dynel (Department of Pragmatics, University of Lodz)

Conversational humour that encompasses various subtypes, such as teasing, banter, deprecating humour, or figures of speech used for humorous purposes (e.g. humorous irony) (Dynel 2009) has been studied in diverse discourse genres, written or spoken, private or mass-mediated, face-to-face or computer-mediated, such as: everyday talk collated in corpora, messenger exchanges, or conversations in reality programmes, talk shows, or television series, each of which offers fertile ground for humour.
The proposed panel is devoted to the pragmatics of conversational humour and aims at exploring humour in relation to cognitive, social and cultural phenomena. Taking many forms and guises, conversational humour serves multiple communicative purposes and performs diverse interpersonal functions, for example, bonding and solidarity building, or, by contrast, promoting animosity and hostility. This explains why conversational humour can be examined with the methodological apparatus developed in (im)politeness studies (Dynel 2013; Haugh and Bousfield 2012; Sinkeviciute 2013). Furthermore, humour's capacity to convey non-humorous meanings outside the humorous frame and the nature of the speaker's intentions underlying the production of a humorous message have been another major focus in humour research. Alongside intentionality, the negotiability of meaning (during the interaction or evolving through metatalk) is a key aspect in the interpretation of conversational humour. Finally, both the production and interpretation of humour highly depend on a cultural context in which it occurs. Cultural attitudes, values and proscriptions are subconscious 'rules' that guide the speakers in their language use and can easily influence one's understanding of (non-) humorous interactions (e.g. Holmes and Hay 1997; Goddard 2006, 2009; Sinkeviciute 2014).

Call for Papers:

We invite pragmatically-orientated papers, both theoretical and empirical, on the following issues:

- Humour in diverse forms of interactions
- Functions of conversational humour
- Humour and (im)politeness frameworks
- Humorous key and humorous intention
- Metatalk on humour
- Intercultural factors: norms and values

Abstracts (250 - 500 words, not including references and data) should be sent to Valeria Sinkeviciute ( and Marta Dynel ( by 15 September 2014 (after internal reviewing, the panel contributions will have to be submitted electronically via the IPrA system).

Do not hesitate to email us if you have any questions about the conference, membership, our panel or the process of contribution.

We look forward to welcoming you in Antwerp!

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