LINGUIST List 29.904
Mon Feb 26 2018
Calls: Historical Linguistics, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Germany
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Linda Gennies <linda.gennies
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Full Title: Politeness Crossing Times and Spaces
Date: 11-Jun-2018 - 12-Jun-2018
Location: Freie Universität Berlin,
Contact Person: Linda Gennies
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Web Site: http://www.sfb-episteme.de/veranstaltungen/Vorschau/2018/C08_politeness.html
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics;
Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2018
In modern-day Humanities, questions of verbal and nonverbal
politeness have been explored from many different perspectives. However, the vast
majority of existing studies are restricted to the synchronic analysis of relatively
stable norms of polite behaviour in historical or modern speech communities, whereas
changes in politeness are only rarely looked at.
With our interdisciplinary
workshop ''Politeness Crossing Times and Spaces'' we aim at filling this void by
bringing into focus the so far rather neglected dynamic nature of politeness in the
pre-modern world, which can be observed on at least two levels:
vertical level, norms of politeness are affected by changes in society. We want to
examine how different hierarchical structures of pre-modern societies and changes
thereof affect the forms and functions of politeness; and how new forms of polite
behaviour retroact on a society.
On the horizontal level, different concepts of
politeness interact with each other in situations of cultural and linguistic
contact. Contact situations not only allow for the simple transfer of patterns from
one speech community to another, but also for the emergence of entirely new forms,
as transfer processes always carry a certain creative potential in them.
objective of the workshop is to shed light on these two dimensions of politeness
change from an interdisciplinary perspective; we hope to address some of the
- What sources are useful for the study of historical
politeness? How are these different sources interrelated and how do they interact
with each other?
- Who are the agents establishing and promoting politeness?
What are the respective roles of teachers, diplomats, interpreters and travellers?
Do authors reflect change and variation - especially in situations of cultural
contact? How do they negotiate accommodation processes in cases of conflicting
norms? How do they express and substantiate their claims of validity when
postulating certain norms?
- How are claims of (cultural) superiority conveyed
and negotiated through politeness? In what way do, e.g., eurocentrism and
orientalism already surface in pre-modern times?
- How do the transmission and
dissemination of changing norms throughout society function?
- What are the
actual linguistic properties of politeness that are at stake? What concrete forms
Eleanor Dickey (University of
Andreas Jucker (University of Zurich)
Dániel Z. Kádár (Hungarian
Academy of Sciences & Guangdong University of Foreign Studies)
(Freie Universität Berlin)
Annick Paternoster (Università della Svizzera
Kim Ridealgh (University of East Anglia)
(University of Zurich)
Linda Gennies, Julia Hübner,
(Collaborative Research Center 980 “Episteme in Motion. Knowledge
Transfer from the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period”)
information, please contact linda.gennies
2nd Call for Papers:
We welcome contributions from researchers in a range
of disciplinary backgrounds, whose work focuses on politeness in pre-modern
Papers should be 30 minutes + 15 minutes for discussions.
Abstracts of max. 300 words (references excluded) can be sent to histling
The deadline for abstract submission is 28 February 2018. Notification of acceptance
will be sent in early March 2018.
For all active workshop participants, the
CRC 980 will pay an appropriate travel allowance and provide accommodation and meals
for the duration of the workshop.
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