LINGUIST List 30.4417

Thu Nov 21 2019

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Text/Corpus/Romania

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Date: 13-Nov-2019
From: Olga Spevak <>
Subject: Discourse Marker Use: From Production to Comprehension
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Full Title: Discourse Marker Use: From Production to Comprehension

Date: 26-Aug-2020 - 29-Aug-2020
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Contact Person: Liesbeth Degand Maria Josep Cuenca
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 16-Nov-2019

Meeting Description:

In any kind of human communication, be it written, spoken or signed, formal or informal, computer-mediated or not, Discourse Markers (henceforth DMs) are part of the game. This ubiquitousness informs us of a crucial inherent aspect of human language. Yet, despite an impressive quantity of work starting in the early 1980s, the linguistic description of DMs remains scattered, first and foremost because it is a very heterogeneous linguistic category, fulfilling many different functions in discourse (for a recent overview, see Blühdorn, Foolen & Loureda 2017, Maschler & Schiffrin 2015). To gain deeper insight into this complex linguistic category, we believe more systematic (cross-linguistic) work is needed on the production and especially on the interpretation of DMs in a variety of situational settings, resorting to different methodological approaches (see, e.g., Crible 2017, Fischer 2014). Thus, looking at how we use DMs is a crucial step in finding out why we use them in certain situations and under certain conditions, but also when we do not, i.e. when DMs are left implicit (cf. Asr & Demberg 2012, Taboada 2009, Zufferey 2016).

To make progress on these questions, we believe we need to combine this production perspective with the comprehension perspective, i.e. taking into account how the presence of DMs affects the addressee’s discourse comprehension, thus getting better insight into underlying cognitive and functional principles of human communication.

The aim of this panel is to bring together researchers interested in getting a firmer grip on Discourse Markers as a linguistic category by investigating the role that they play in language production and comprehension. We especially welcome contributions making use of innovative methods –mainly experimental or corpus based – to tackle DMs from one of the following perspectives:

- Are DMs a trace of the speaker’s production difficulties and/or a signal to facilitate the addressee’s comprehension?
- Under what contextual circumstances do DMs affect language comprehension?
- What is the impact of genre and register on DM production?
- How do DMs spread through sociolinguistic variation?
- How do second language learners understand and use DMs?
- How can translation help uncover cross-linguistic differences in DM use?


Asr, F.T., & V. Demberg (2012). Implicitness of Discourse Relations. In Proceedings of COLING 2012: Technical Papers, 2669–84.
Blühdorn, H., A. Foolen, & O. Loureda (2017). Diskursmarker: Begriffsgeschichte – Theorie – Beschreibung Ein Bibliographischer Überblick. In H. Blühdorn, A. Deppermann, H. Helmer, & T. Spranz-Fogasy (eds.). Diskursmarker im Deutschen: Reflexionen Und Analysen. Göttingen: Verlag für Gesprächsforschung, 7-47.
Crible, L. (2017). Towards an Operational Category of Discourse Markers: A Definition and Its Model. In C. Fedriani & A. Sanso (eds.), Discourse Markers, Pragmatic Markers and Modal Particles: New Perspectives, Amsterdam, John Benjamins, 101-126.
Fischer, K. (2014). Discourse Markers. In K.P. Schneider & A. Barron (eds.). Pragmatics of Discourse. Handbooks of Pragmatics, Vol. 3. Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 271–94.
Maschler, Y. & D. Schiffrin (2015). Discourse Markers: Language, Meaning, and Context. In D. Tannen, H. Ehernberger Hamilton, & D. Schiffrin (eds.) The Handbook of Discourse Analysis, 2nd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 189-221.
Taboada, M. (2009). Implicit and Explicit Coherence Relations. In J. Renkema (ed.) Discourse, of Course. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 125-38.
Zufferey, S. (2016). Discourse Connectives across Languages: Factors Influencing Their Explicit or Implicit Translation. Languages in Contrast 16 (2): 264–279.

Call for Papers:

We invite short abstracts of 300 words. Abstracts should be in an editable format (.doc/.docx).

Abstracts should be sent to the two workshop organizers:

Maria Josep Cuenca:
Liesbeth Degand:

The deadline for the submission of the short abstract is November 16, 2019.
Note that if your abstract has been included in the workshop and the workshop has been accepted, you will also have to prepare a full abstract and submit it to be reviewed by the SLE scientific committee. The deadline for the submission of full abstracts is January 15, 2020.

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