LINGUIST List 26.925

Sat Feb 14 2015

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/France

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Date: 12-Feb-2015
From: Richard Faure <>
Subject: Exclamation and Intersubjectivity
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Full Title: Exclamation and Intersubjectivity

Date: 03-Dec-2015 - 04-Dec-2015
Location: Nice, France
Contact Person: Richard Faure
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2015

Meeting Description:

Most studies on exclamation focus on the speaker’s point of view, treating it as an isolated phenomenon. This conference aims to explore the idea that exclamative utterances have an interactional dimension, taking into account the impact that they have on the context in a broad sense, including the hearer/addressee, the common ground etc.

Exclamations are often seen as linguistic reactions to unexpected events or words (Martin 1987; Rett 2011). They are triggered by emotions, which makes them a phenomenon of the so-called “expressive function of language” (Jakobson 1963-1973). They are often associated with specific properties in the areas of syntax (incomplete structures or wh-clauses, i.e. ‘gap’-clauses), semantics (high degree), intonation (see Milner 1978; Morel in Danon-Boileau and Morel 1995; d’Avis 2001; Zanuttini and Portner 2003; Rett 2011).

Still, such approaches focus on the speaker’s point of view, while too often leaving aside the role of the hearer/addressee. Even in interactional models, the interactive dimension is not tackled as such (Vanderveken 1990). This conference aims at questioning the idea that exclamations are only speaker-oriented. They often appear in verbal interactions. This raises the question of whether there might exist conventional exclamation triggers, hence their ability to function as rejoinders to certain speech acts. Moreover, exclamations could be involved in interactions where a reaction is expected from the hearer (acceptance, confirmation, but also denial or mimicry of the speaker’s attitude by the hearer). Some linguists argue that exclamations have a “context change potential” based on their expressive force (Castroviejo Miró 2008, Chernilovskaya 2014). Finally, the hearer’s point of view can contribute to the semantic/pragmatic debate regarding the nature of the factivity attributed to exclamations be it presupposition or conventional implicature (Beyssade 2009; Abels 2010, whose tests are mostly based on embedded clauses).

Registration fees: 80 euros (free for students)

Call for Papers:

We welcome submission of any proposal that could clarify the intersubjective relations that exclamations imply, in any given language. Corpus analyses and studies of non-canonical exclamation types (see for example Guillaume and Baumer 2014), among others, will help put forward unpublished results and new research paths.

Each presentation will last for 30 minutes at the most (followed by ten minutes of debate and discussion). Abstracts must not exceed two pages in A4 paper, including examples and references, with 2, 5 cm margins on all sides and 12 point font size. They should clearly present the theoretical framework, the data, as well as some preliminary results. They must be anonymous. Please send your proposal to before June 15th. Please note that the body of the message must mention name and affiliation.

The presentations selected for the conference will be considered for the special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.


Call deadline: June 15 2015
Notification of acceptance: July 6 2015
Conference: December 3-4 2015

Organising Committee:

Michèle Biraud
Richard Faure
Pierre-Yves Gallard

Scientific Committee:

Klaus Abels
Claire Beyssade
Michèle Biraud
Elena Castroviejo Miró
Franz d’Avis
Camille Denizot
Richard Faure
Bénédicte Guillaume
Sophie Herment
Dominique Legallois
Geneviève Salvan

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