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Date: 24-Jul-2018
From: Michael Haugh <>
Subject: Methods in Pragmatics
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Full Title: Methods in Pragmatics

Date: 09-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Hong Kong, China
Contact Person: Michael Haugh
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:

Methods in Pragmatics
(Panel for the 16th International Pragmatics Association Conference, 9-14 June 2019)

Co-organised by:
- Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University)
- Michael Haugh (The University of Queensland)
- Marina Terkourafi (Leiden University)

The field of pragmatics draws on a variety of different methods, ranging from discourse-focused qualitative methods of analysis, through to corpus-based and experimental work (Jucker, Schneider and Bublitz 2018). While methodological eclecticism is an inevitable outcome of a field that is informed by multiple disciplines, it also undermines any sense of methodological unity. While it is clear that methods chosen should be driven by one's research questions (Jucker 2009; Jucker and Staley 2017), serious attempts to draw together different methods have been hampered by the very real challenges that come with methodological triangulation. Furthermore, methods deployed by pragmatics scholars have often not kept pace with methodological developments in general (Culpeper, Haugh and Terkourafi forthcoming). To take a notorious example, the written ''discourse completion task'', which came to the fore in the 1980s, is still one of the most frequently deployed methods, despite numerous published critical comments. Some methodological areas, real-time experiments for example, have received limited uptake in pragmatics, despite their potential.

Culpeper, Jonathan, Michael Haugh and Marina Terkourafi (forthcoming) Pragmatics: Methods and Approaches. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Jucker, Andreas H., Klaus P. Schneider and Wolfram Bublitz (eds.) (2018) Methods in Pragmatics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Jucker, Andreas H. (2009) ''Speech act research between armchair, field and laboratory''. Journal of Pragmatics 41: 1611-1635.

Jucker, Andreas H. and Larssyn Staley (2017) ''(Im)politeness and developments in methodology''. In Jonathan Culpeper, Michael Haugh and Daniel Z Kadar (eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness, 403-429. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Call for Papers:

The aims of this panel are to: (a) critically survey the full range of methods that have been used in pragmatics, (b) examine how different methodological paradigms might be combined, and (c) explore the application of new, innovative methods in pragmatics.

We welcome papers from all areas within pragmatics that critically engage with issues around research methods and their triangulation in pragmatics.

Please submit abstracts for consideration to be included in this panel by 15 October 2018 through the IPrA2019 conference website:

If you have any questions you are welcome to contact one of the panel co-organisers.

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