LINGUIST List 29.3440

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Calls: Discourse Analysis, General Linguistics, Pragmatics/Romania

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Date: 06-Sep-2018
From: Alexandru Nicolae <>
Subject: Attitude and Stance in Discourse
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Full Title: Attitude and Stance in Discourse

Date: 23-Nov-2018 - 24-Nov-2018
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Contact Person: Ariadna Stefanescu
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 05-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:

The workshop Attitude and Stance in Discourse aims to highlight, detail, and distinguish various aspects covered by these two notions while applying them to different discourse registers. Attitude and stance are the theoretical correlates that point to the common intuition that all language users access language introspectively.

A series of recent studies on attitude have broaden the scope of this concept, which was initially confined to the fields of semantics and the logic of language. In the current stage or research, a wide range of discourse and communication phenomena, such as emotion, opinion, evaluation, intentionality, subjectivity, and intersubjectivity or interpersonal meaning, may be studied in relation to this notion. Moreover, the projection of attitude in discourse involves a series of constructions, mechanisms, discourse categories and inferential processes: e.g. evaluation structures that serve as attitude indicators, or other grammatical constructions, such as concession, contrast, quoting and reporting, modalisations and quantification, the use of attitudinal markers and hedges and of strategically triggered implicatures, the manipulation of presuppositions, etc.
The speaker’s intentionality as a potential source of discourse attitude opens up new generous perspectives of analysis as far as speech acts, verbal (im)politeness, or discourse strategies are concerned, to name but a few possible applications.

The analysis of the speaker’s positioning in discourse – a pragmatic concept related to the one of attitude – fosters studies concerned with the speakers’ image (stance) and their degree of involvement in communication. The negotiation of attitude and stance in discourse, their amplification or, on the contrary, their mitigation, the calibration of the relationship with the interlocutor, etc. give rise to various ways to approach these notions, from ethno-methodological, sociolinguistic, or argumentative viewpoints.
Our general, basic assumption is that this diversity of meanings and inter- or cross-disciplinary approaches may bring about a deeper understanding of the sociocultural, interactional, performative, and ideational nature of language, and that new studies into this area will help to shed more light on the (Romanian) language resources involved in stance-taking and expressing attitude in various forms of verbal communication.

Call for Papers:

The workshop is part of the Annual Conference of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Bucharest ( Submissions should be sent by attachment, as anonymous pdfs, to:, accompanied by a file containing the title of the paper, the authors and their affiliation.

Submissions must be no longer than two single-spaced pages, in Times New Roman 12, including references and examples.

Registration fee: € 40 (or RON 180); students: € 20 (RON 90). The registration fee can be paid upon arrival.

Workshop languages: English and French

Important dates for submission:

- Deadline for submissions: October 5, 2018
- Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2018
- Conference dates: November 23-24, 2018

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