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Thu Jun 04 2015

FYI: The Pragmeme of Accommodation and Intercultural Pragmatics: The Case of Interaction Around the Event of Death: Call for Chapters

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <ashleylinguistlist.org>


Date: 04-Jun-2015
From: Vahid Parvaresh <vparvareshgmail.com>
Subject: The Pragmeme of Accommodation and Intercultural Pragmatics: The Case of Interaction Around the Event of Death: Call for Chapters
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Call for Chapters

Book Title: The Pragmeme of Accommodation and Intercultural Pragmatics: The Case of Interaction Around the Event of Death

Editors:
Alessandro Capone and Vahid Parvaresh

This volume will be submitted to Alessandro Capone’s series PPPP (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy, Psychology): http://www.springer.com/series/11797?detailsPage=titles

The book will be a contribution to cultural pragmatics, socio-pragmatics, and intercultural pragmatics. The event of death is a good candidate for a speech event which can be analysed with the tools of (socio)-linguistics and linguistic anthropology. We are persuaded that pragmatics and in particular, the notion of the Pragmeme broached by Jacob L. Mey will have a role to play in providing a satisfactory analysis of the event of death seen from an interactional perspective (the rituals and interactions around the event of death).

The event of death is one in which human agents are deprived of a close relative and gather to mourn her. The sudden loss would be completely devastating if society did not mobilize social resources aimed at countering
the psychological effects of death. The pragmeme of accommodation refers to the interactions whose purpose is to provide solace and comfort to the relatives of the deceased. Starting from the interaction within mourning procedures in the house of the deceased up to the sermon delivered by the
priest, words are used to make the sudden loss bearable.

It would be of theoretical interest to see to what extent cultures are variable or present some pragmatic universals with respect to the interaction around the event of death. This comparison cannot be done – or cannot even start – unless we put together a collection of papers on the topic of the pragmeme of accommodation in connection with the event of death.

The book will be of interest to linguists, anthropologists but also to philosophers. If possible, we would like
linguists/anthropologists/philosophers from all over the world to participate in this (admittedly) unique enterprise. In particular, we would also like Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America to be represented, too.

Potential authors are invited to submit a 250-word abstract to the editors Alessandro Capone (alessandro.caponisgmail.com) and Vahid Parvaresh (vparvareshgmail.com).

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Philosophy of Language
Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics

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