LINGUIST List 25.3057

Sat Jul 26 2014

Confs: Historical Linguistics, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Typology/Italy

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Date: 26-Jul-2014
From: Andrea Sansò <>
Subject: Pragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particles
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Pragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particles
Short Title: PragmaComo

Date: 16-Oct-2014 - 17-Oct-2014
Location: Como, Italy
Contact: Andrea Sansò
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Meeting Description:

Pragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particles: What do we know and where do we go from here?

Università dell'Insubria, Como (Italy), 16-17 October 2014


The workshop aims to contribute to the discussion on the emergence and use of pragmatic markers (PMs), discourse markers (DMs) and modal particles (MPs). Although classifications diverge in this field, PMs can be broadly defined as markers of functions belonging to the domains of social cohesion (the H-S relationship; e.g. please, danke, etc.), DMs as strategies ensuring textual cohesion (discourse managing; e.g. utterance initial usages of but, anyway, etc.), and MPs as signals of personal stance (the speaker’s perspective towards the discourse and the interlocutor; e.g. German ja, eben etc.). PMs, DMs, and MPs have been the object of extensive investigation. However, their heterogeneous character – i.e. the fact that they derive from many different sources, and that they are multifunctional – has resulted in fragmentary descriptions that fit well the facts of a given language, but may be seriously challenged when one extends the analysis to other languages.

Scientific Committee:

Peter Auer (University of Freiburg), Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo), Silvia Dal Negro (Free University of Bozen), Chiara Fedriani (University of Bergamo), Chiara Ghezzi (University of Bergamo), Anna Giacalone Ramat (University of Pavia), Bernd Kortmann (FRIAS, Freiburg), Gianguido Manzelli (University of Pavia), Caterina Mauri (University of Pavia), Piera Molinelli (University of Bergamo), Paolo Ramat (IUSS Institute), Andrea Sansò (Insubria University - Como), Federica Venier (University of Bergamo), Alessandro Vietti (Free University of Bozen).

Invited Speakers:

Kate Beeching (University of the West of England)
Yael Maschler (University of Haifa)
Mario Squartini (University of Turin)


October 16, 2014

Welcome address

Kate Beeching (Invited speaker, University of Bristol)
Title TBA

11:00-11.30 Coffee break

Parallel Sessions:

Session 1:

Ludivine Crible (Université Catholique de Louvain)
Selection and functional description of DMs in French and English: towards crosslinguistic and operational categories for contrastive annotation

Rémy Saksik, Alejandro Molina, Juan-Manuel Torres-Moreno, Andréa Carneiro Linhares (Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse; Universidade Federal do Ceará)
Towards a multilingual discourse segmenter

Marijana Kresić, Mia Batinić (University of Zadar)
The description of modal particles and their functional equivalents in a cross-linguistic perspective:
the case of German, Croatian and English

Session 2:

Friederike Kleinknecht (LMU – Munich)
Discourse and pragmatic markers out of vocatives

12.00-12.30 – Gabriella Mazzon (Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck)
Paths of development of English DMs: (inter)subjectification, deontic reversal and other

Wiltrud Mihatsch (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
From approximation to attenuation: the case of French comme, Italian come, Portuguese como and Spanish como

13.00-14.30 Lunch break

Parallel Sessions:

Session 1:

Catherine Bolly, Ludivine Crible, Liesbeth Degand, Deniz Uygur-Distexhe (Université Catholique de Louvain)
Towards a Model for Discourse Marker Annotation in spoken French: From potential to feature-based discourse markers

Dionysis Goutsos (University of Athens)
The interaction of position and function in delimiting the category of markers across languages: Evidence from a Greek corpus

Manana Topadze (Universität Bern)
On the ongoing changes of pragmatic markers in Georgian

Session 2:

Eugenio Goria (Università di Pavia)
Discourse markers and code-switching. Regular patterns in a corpus of English-Spanish bilingual conversation

Werner Abraham (Universität Wien)
Modal particles and Verum focus: corollaries and phase status

Eugenio M. Vigo, Silvia Serret Lanchares (Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
On the syntax of capaz que constructions in Spanish

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

Ilaria Fiorentini (Università di Pavia & Libera Università di Bolzano)
Italian discourse markers and modal particles in contact

Verena Barbosa Duarte (Universität Osnabrück)
“Wait, say, what is this?”: Sociolinguistic variation in the use of Imperative Pragmatic Markers

Jayshree Chakraborty (IIT Kharagpu)
Identifying Discourse Markers and Modal Particles in Bangla

Presentation of the two volumes Discourse and Pragmatic Markers from Latin to the Romance Languages (P. Molinelli & C. Ghezzi, eds., Oxford University Press) and Discourse Functions at the Left and Right Periphery. Crosslinguistic Investigations of Language Use and Language Change (K. Beeching & U. Detges, eds., Brill) – Discussant: Federica Venier (Università di Bergamo)

20.30 Social dinner

October 17, 2014

Mario Squartini (invited speaker, Università di Torino)
Title TBA

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

Parallel Sessions:

Session 1:

Adriana Costăchescu (University of Craiova)
Marqueurs discursifs et relations discursives : à propos de quoi

Cecilia Pigozzi (Università di Pavia)
Pragmatic marker functions of volevo: aspect and intersubjectivity in Italian imperfetto

F. Robson Albuquerque (Freie Universität Berlin)
A historical study of the mental representation of common ground: The case of the know constructions in the 19th century

Session 2:

Irina Pandarova (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)
‘I would never ever kick you up the arse. Sure I think you're great.’ The Irish English discourse marker sure at the semantics/pragmatics interface

Magdalena Adamczyk (University of Zielona Góra)
From an adverb to a discourse marker: On the pragmatic expansion of gdzieś tam in Polish

Vera Cabarrão, Helena Moniz, Fernando BatistaI, Isabel Trancoso, Ana Isabel Mata, Sérgio Curto (INESC-ID; Universidade de Lisboa)
Discourse markers in spontaneous speech in European Portuguese: a first approach

13.00-14.30 Lunch break

Parallel Sessions:

Session 1:

Piotr Pezik (University of Lodz)
Identifying acquisition pathways of temporal fluency devices in conversational learner discourse

Helena Moniz, Fernando Batista, Isabel Trancoso, Ana Isabel Mata (Universidade de Lisboa; INESC-ID)
Analytics of conversational fillers in European Portuguese

Valentina Russo (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Università L’Orientale di Napoli)
Connective, discursive and modal functions of heterosemous items in spoken German, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese: a Construction Grammar approach

Daisuke Suzuki (Kyoto University)
Pragmatic Markers and Pragmaticalization: The cases of English Modal adverbs

Session 2:

Rumiko Shinzato (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Layered Structures, Left/Right Periphery and Grammaticalization of PM/DM/MP in Japanese

Patricia Amaral, Fabio Del Prete (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; CLLE-ERSS, Toulouse)
Afinal and alla fine at the crossroads of epistemic modality

Stephan Giuliani (Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck)
A Pragmatic Approach to Joseph Wright’s English Dialect Dictionary: Focus on Discourse Markers

Yuko Higashiizumi (Tokyo Gakugei University)
Source of pragmatic markers in Japanese: A case study of pragmatic items involving a copula

16.30-17 Coffee break

Yael Maschler (invited speaker; University of Haifa)
Title TBA

Closing session

Alternate Papers:

Gianluca Anoè (Università di Padova)
Dativo de solidariedade: between syntax and pragmatics

Anna De Marco (Università della Calabria)
Discourse Markers and Modal Particles in the interlanguage of Italian learners: a constructivist approach

Tomoko Haraguchi, Naoyuki Akaso (Nanzan University; Nagoya Gakuin University)
On the Duplicated Usage of the Intensifier Totemo Totemo ‘very very’ in Japanese

Anna Giacalone, Caterina Mauri, Andrea Sansò (Università di Pavia; Università dell’Insubria)
Dubitative corrective constructions in Italian: Their use and rise in discourse

Sara Lindbladh (University of Stockholm)
Italian pragmatic markers: (in-)dependency and discourse organizing function

Reijirou Shibasaki (Meiji University)
Projectability and intersubjectivity of pragmatic markers in the history of American English: The case of the question is (that) and that’s the question

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