LINGUIST List 29.3035

Mon Jul 30 2018

Calls: Pragmatics/China

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Date: 29-Jul-2018
From: Ursula Lutzky <>
Subject: Speech Act Research and Large Corpora
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Full Title: Speech Act Research and Large Corpora

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

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:

Speech Act Research and Large Corpora
(Panel at the 16th International Pragmatics Conference, 9-14 June 2019, Hong Kong)

Co-organised by:

- Andreas H. Jucker (University of Zurich)
- Ursula Lutzky (Vienna University of Economics and Business)


Speech act research has made significant progress in recent years thanks to the increasing availability of large corpora, the further sophistication of search techniques, and a better theoretical understanding of the nature of speech acts. In this panel, we would like to extend this work by sharing and discussing different approaches to the study of speech acts in large corpora. Contributions on any language may focus on the specific ways in which speech acts can be retrieved from large corpora (through illocutionary force indicating devices, collocational patterns of such devices, metacommunicative expressions used to refer to them and so on); on corpus annotations that help to retrieve speech acts; on the analytical procedures (including also manual analysis) necessary or feasible to scrutinise large numbers of retrieved hits; and on the theoretical implications that such work has for our understanding of the nature of speech acts, especially if speech acts are seen as dynamic entities that are defined not only through their felicity conditions but also and largely through the ways in which interactants discursively understand and delimit them. A compliment, for instance, can be a compliment not only because of how it is formulated but also because the addressee takes it to be one.

Corpora allow contrastive or historical analyses but such work requires a clear theoretical understanding of how to deal with similarities and differences across languages and across time. How similar does an Early Modern speech act have to be to a Present-day one in order to be comparable? And how do we have to define specific speech acts, e.g. apologies, in order to make them comparable between different languages, e.g. English and Japanese?

Call for Papers:

For this panel, we welcome contributions on any language which may study historical or contemporary data. Papers may take a contrastive approach in the analysis of more than one language or more than one stage in the development of a language.

Please submit abstracts via the official IPrA conference website by 15 October 2018 (

If you have any questions on this panel, you are welcome to get in touch with one of the co-organisers.

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