LINGUIST List 26.5122

Mon Nov 16 2015

Calls: General Ling, Ling & Lit, Psycholing, Semantics, Socioling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 15-Nov-2015
From: Esme Winter-Froemel <>
Subject: The Dynamics of Wordplay / La dynamique du jeu de mots
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Full Title: The Dynamics of Wordplay / La dynamique du jeu de mots

Date: 29-Sep-2016 - 01-Oct-2016
Location: Trier, Germany
Contact Person: Esme Winter-Froemel
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2015

Meeting Description:

Wordplay can be regarded as a ubiquitous phenomenon. It appears in a broad range of situations of communicative exchange, including spontaneous manifestations in everyday communication, strategic uses in advertising messages and argumentative texts as well as literary texts from different authors, cultures and historical periods. At the same time, wordplay is to a certain extent ephemeral: the ludic character of utterances can get lost over time as they become reused in other contexts, and in many instances, ludic language use can merely function as momentary pauses inserted in a communicative exchange that pursues different aims. Wordplay thus appears to be a complex phenomenon which is difficult to grasp, but, at the same time, it can reveal basic principles of language.

In a previous conference entitled ''Wordplay and metalinguistic reflection'', this dimension of wordplay has been addressed in an interdisciplinary perspective. Selected papers of that event will be published in September 2015 as the first two volumes of the book series ''The Dynamics of Wordplay'' (De Gruyter).

Three years after the first conference, it is high time to expand the interdisciplinary explorations of wordplay. This is why we would like to invite scholars interested in aspects of wordplay to participate with their research in this follow-up conference. The conference aims at studying various facets of the dynamics that become visible in wordplay, unfolding basic principles of language and communication. An important aspect concerns the creative dimension of wordplay. As wordplay represents a means of transcending linguistic conventions, it seems interesting to analyze the close relations between wordplay and linguistic innovation / neology. Furthermore, certain cases of wordplay exhibit a dynamics based on contacts between different languages, cultures and semiotic codes. A third way of approaching the phenomenon of wordplay is to study its concrete use in communication and speaker-hearer interaction.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Salvatore Attardo (Texas A&M University-Commerce)
Dirk Delabastita (Université de Namur)
Dirk Geeraerts & Eline Zenner (KU Leuven)
Raymond W. Gibbs (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Catherine Kerbrat-Orecchioni (Université Lyon 2)
Alain Rabatel (Université de Lyon1 / ICAR, UMR 5191, CNRS, Université Lumière Lyon 2, ENS-Lyon)
Françoise Rubellin (Université de Nantes)
Monika Schmitz-Emans (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Deirdre Wilson (University College London)
Yoko Tawada (Berlin)

Child care can be organized onsite to participants at the conference. Please get in touch with us beforehand if you want to find out more about that service.

2nd Call for Papers:

The conference ''The Dynamics of Wordplay - Interdisciplinary Perspectives / La dynamique du jeu de mots - perspectives interdisciplinaires'' aims at bringing together papers that deal with different aspects of the theory and practice of wordplay, studying cases of wordplay from different historical periods, languages and discourse traditions. In addition, papers can follow different perspectives and approaches, including linguistics and literary studies as well as adjacent disciplines such as cultural studies, media studies, comparative literature, medieval studies, theatre studies, etc.

Papers may deal with, but are not restricted to the following topics:

- Systematic and analytical approaches to wordplay, its forms and functions
- The dynamics of wordplay at the moment of its creation / introduction
- The dynamics of wordplay in a diachronic perspective
- The dynamics of wordplay in bilingual or plurilingual wordplay
- The dynamics of wordplay involving different semiotic codes
- The dynamics of wordplay from the perspective of speaker-hearer interaction
- The dynamics of wordplay involving different levels of communication and different viewpoints

Papers are supposed to be between 20 and 25 minutes followed by a 10 to 15 minute discussion time. The languages of presentation are English and French.

Selected papers presented at the conference will be published in Vols. 5 and 6 of the book series “The Dynamics of Wordplay” (De Gruyter).

If you want to participate in the conference, please send an abstract of 250 to 300 words in English or French to and

Submissions are accepted until 1 December, 2015.

Important Dates:

- 1 December 2015: Submission deadline for abstracts
- 1 March 2016: Notification of acceptance
- 29 September–1 October 2016: Conference
- 31 March 2017: Submission deadline for full papers

Review Committee:

Salvatore Attardo (Texas A&M University-Commerce), Matthias Bauer (Universität Tübingen), Pauline Beaucé (Université de Bordeaux), Georgia Christinidis (Universität Rostock), Dirk Delabastita (Université de Namur), Alex Demeulenaere (Trier), Dmitrij Dobrovol’skij (Russian Academy of Sciences & Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences), Natalia Filatkina (Universität Trier), Barbara Frank-Job (Universität Bielefeld), Bettina Full (Ruhr Universität Bochum), Dirk Geeraerts (KU Leuven), Raymond W. Gibbs (University of California, Santa Cruz), Maik Goth (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Catherine Kerbrat-Orecchioni (Université Lyon 2), Hermann Kleber (Universität Trier), Bettina Kluge (Universität Hildesheim), Sebastian Knospe (Universität Greifswald), Michelle Lecolle (CREM, Université de Lorraine-Metz), Claudine Moulin (Universität Trier), Johannes Müller-Lancé (Universität Mannheim), Carolin Munderich (Universität Tübingen), Alexander Onysko (Università Ca’Foscari Venezia), Elisabeth Piirainen (Steinfurt), Alain Rabatel (Université de Lyon1 / ICAR, UMR 5191, CNRS, Université Lumière Lyon 2, ENS-Lyon), Jean-François Sablayrolles (LDI / Université de Paris 13), Hans-Jörg Schmid (LMU München), Monika Schmitz-Emans (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Gesa Schole (Universität Tübingen), Verena Thaler (Universität Mannheim), Ferdinand von Mengden (FU Berlin), Andrea Weber (Universität Tübingen), Deirdre Wilson (University College London), Esme Winter-Froemel (Universität Trier), Eline Zenner (KU Leuven), Angelika Zirker (Universität Tübingen)

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