LINGUIST List 25.5102

Mon Dec 15 2014

Calls: Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Greece

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 15-Dec-2014
From: Maria Sifianou <>
Subject: Im/Politeness and Globalisation
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Full Title: Im/Politeness and Globalisation

Date: 01-Jul-2015 - 03-Jul-2015
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact Person: Maria Sifianou
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

The ninth international im/politeness conference, under the aegis of the Linguistic Politeness Research Group (LPRG) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is to be held in Athens, from 1-3 July 2015. The special theme of this three-day conference is Im/Politeness and Globalisation.

Research on im/politeness has witnessed an immense expansion over the last decades, although issues of im/politeness have been of concern to people for centuries. On the other hand, globalisation is a term that has gained increasing momentum relatively recently. The concept is complex and multi-faceted but broadly speaking it is assumed that it will lead to homogenisation of every aspect of people’s lives. Discourse practices fall at the heart of globalisation not least because it entails mobility for various reasons and increasing numbers of various kinds of interactions both traditional and novel, especially given the development of technologically mediated means of communication. In this context, language itself is seen a commodity which sells well if it is wrapped up with politeness (a hallmark of this being the service sector). A powerful kind of politeness, which despite its sounding alien to many, is spreading, thus appears to be leading to the homogenisation of discourse practices. Yet this view is in sharp contrast with a basic tenet of much of the recent research on im/politeness, namely that even within one culture there is considerable variation as to what is perceived as polite or impolite. However, since globalisation is a process which implies change, this change actually entails both homogenisation and diversification. Interestingly, globalisation has also been associated with an increase in impoliteness and aggression, especially in the media rather than seeing a growth in politeness.

2nd Call for Papers:

This is a friendly reminder of the deadline (15 January) for the submission of abstracts for the Im/Politeness conference in Athens (1-3 July 2015).

For more information, please visit our website:

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts for regular papers should be approximately 300 words (excluding references) and should be sent by email as an attachment to by January 15, 2015. Please include the title of your presentation and your name, affiliation and email address in the body of your email. Your attachment should bear only the title and the abstract of your presentation and up to five keywords. All abstracts will be evaluated by an international scientific committee and authors will be notified of their decision through email by early March 2015. Participants may be the first author of only one presentation and the second author of another one.

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