LINGUIST List 30.4483

Tue Nov 26 2019

Calls: Pragmatics/Spain

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 20-Nov-2019
Subject: Wither relevance-theoretic pragmatics?
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Full Title: Wither relevance-theoretic pragmatics?
Short Title: WRTP

Date: 06-May-2020 - 08-May-2020
Location: Seville, Spain
Contact Person: Manuel Padilla Cruz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2019

Meeting Description:

Panel proposal for the EPICS IX International Conference
(6-8 May 2020, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain)

Ever since relevance theory (Sperber and Wilson 1986/1995; Wilson and Sperber 2004) was first put forth more than thirty years ago, practitioners working in this cognitive pragmatic framework have applied it to shed light on an immense variety of linguistic elements and communicative phenomena. Their works heavily rely on both the communicative and the cognitive principles of relevance, as well as the model of comprehension that relevance-theoretic pragmatics has depicted over the years as a mindreading exercise that triggers an incredibly complex and fast process of mutual parallel adjustment of explicit and implicit content (Carston 2002).
Over the years, research done through the lens of Sperber and Wilson’s framework has continued both vibrantly and enthusiastically, as attested by the many conferences and conference panels devoted to relevance theory and the numerous insightful analyses made on the basis of its tenets. Yet, many issues still remain unanalysed, need to be revisited or deserve further consideration on the basis of subsequent developments. There is still much work to be done and many research paths worth exploring certainly lie ahead.

This panel seeks to bring together papers making new proposals from a relevance-theoretic perspective, revisiting claims made within Sperber and Wilson’s framework, applying its postulates to analyses of different linguistic and communicative phenomena, pointing out challenges to be faced or suggesting new directions for further research. Moreover, this panel intends to pay a tribute of gratitude and acknowledgement to Professor Deirdre Wilson –undoubtedly, one of the key figures in the development of relevance theory and one of its co-founders– who has accepted our invitation to be guest of honour and speaker at the panel.

Call for Papers:

Researchers interested in contributing a paper should submit the information below by email to the panel convenors, Agnieszka Piskorska ( and Manuel Padilla Cruz (

- A Word/pdf file containing an anonymised one-page abstract no longer than 350 words (including references). The file must be named “Abstract_Surname”.
- A Word/pdf file, named “Data_Surname”, containing the following information:
- Author’s/Authors’ name(s) and affiliation(s)
- Title of paper
- Topic(s) addressed (from among those in the list of topics above)
- Up to five keywords
- Audio-visual equipment required (computer, video, etc.)
- E-mail address(es)
- Postal address(es)
- If the paper or poster cannot be presented on a particular day of the conference.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 December 2019.

Thank you for your attention and feel free to circulate this CfPs to any researcher in your network with an interest in relevance-theoretic pragmatics.

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