LINGUIST List 27.1756

Fri Apr 15 2016

Confs: Discourse Analysis, Gen Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics, Socioling/Norway

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Date: 15-Apr-2016
From: Christoph Unger <>
Subject: Researching Pragmatic Particles in Communication: Cognitive, Argumentative and Social Dimensions
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Researching Pragmatic Particles in Communication: Cognitive, Argumentative and Social Dimensions

Date: 18-May-2016 - 20-May-2016
Location: Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Contact: Christoph Unger
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Pragmatic particles, that is, particles that do not contribute to the truth conditions of the utterance, have attracted the attention of pragmaticists from a variety of perspectives. Cognitive pragmaticists have analysed the contribution they make to communication in terms of the mental processes they give rise to. General pragmaticists have done so in terms of the argumentation potential they have. Discourse analysts focus on the discourse structures or contexts that these particles require, and sociolinguists have studied them in terms of the social realities (such as identity constructions) that they help to create. These studies have generally been made with little interaction across the respective domains. When interaction has occurred, it has often taken the shape of arguing that a certain perspective can subsume others. However, recent progress in each of these domains raises the question whether the time is right that a more productive synthesis of approaches can be achieved. To this end, this workshop aims to take stock of recent developments in the respective approaches to pragmatic particles and explore possible ways of developing new productive syntheses of approaches.


Karin Aijmer: Swedish modal particles in a contrastive perspective: the case of Swedish ''visst''.

Gisle Andersen: Speaking of X: Discourse topic markers in a variational and cross-linguistic perspective

Kaja Borthen: Six methodological approaches to pragmatic particles: a case study of Norwegian ''da''

Ingrid Kristine Hasund: By three means. The pragmatic functions of the Norwegian quotatives bare, liksom and sånn

Maria Boer Johannessen: On the semantics and pragmatics of the Norwegian tag ''ass''

Elena Karagjosova: On the semantics of English then and German denn and their function as translational equivalents of utterance-final Norwegian ''da''

Andrea Rocci: What is argumentation for epistemic adverbs to interact with it? Theoretial foundations and a corpus study of Italian adverbs

Maria Secova: Change in paris Fench and London English: linguistic motivations and social correlations

Jan Svennevig: The response particles ''Ja'' and ''Jo'' as indicators of response preference

Christoph Unger: A cross-linguistic puzzle and its theoretical implications: Norwegian ''Jo'', German ''Doch'' and ''Ja'', and an advertisement

Grégoire Winterstein: From exclusive to adversative meaning - a diachronic and cross-linguistic perspective

More details about the program can be found on our website:

Anyone interested in attending the workshop please contact Christoph Unger ( or Kaja Borthen (

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