LINGUIST List 31.2355

Thu Jul 23 2020

Calls: Lang Acq, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Socioling/Switzerland

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Date: 23-Jul-2020
From: Iris Hübscher <iriscarmela.huebscheruzh.ch>
Subject: Multimodal im/politeness: in spoken, sign and written language
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Full Title: Multimodal im/politeness: in spoken, sign and written language

Date: 27-Jun-2021 - 02-Jul-2021
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Iris Hübscher
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

We are organizing a panel on ''Multimodal im/politeness in spoken, sign and written language'' at the IPrA (International Pragmatics Association) conference in Winterthur (Switzerland), June 27-July 2 2021. The panel has been accepted by the conference organizers, and we are now soliciting contributions to the panel.

While im/politeness for many years focussed on verbal strategies, recent years have seen the emergence of a vibrant interest in multimodal components of im/politeness in oral and sign languages, such as prosody/ non-manual features, gesture, sign and other bodily signals in face-to-face interaction and emojis and other cues in written language channels. For example, on the side of oral languages, research has found that different prosodic features such as pitch, speech rate, intensity and breathiness play an important role in the encoding of im/politeness (Brown, Winter, Idemaru, & Grawunder, 2014; Winter & Grawunder, 2012). Similarly, nonverbal cues such as manual gestures, head nods and other bodily cues can be shaped by im/politeness factors (Brown & Winter, 2018; Kita & Essegbey, 2001). Also, it has been demonstrated that gesture and prosody interact closely in the perception of im/politeness (McKinnon & Prieto, 2014; Nadeu & Prieto, 2011). Furthermore, multimodal cues have been shown to play a crucial role in the development of the perception and production of politeness in first language acquisition (Hübscher, Garufi, & Prieto, 2019; Hübscher, Wagner, & Prieto, 2020). Regarding sign languages, research has, for instance, investigated taboo signs (Loos, Cramer, & Napoli, 2020) and also how the head and other non-manual features are used to communicate politeness (Mapson, 2014). Finally, research has shown that in written languages, including computer mediated communication, interactants use different cues such as emojis and special use of punctuation to mitigate a potential face threat or more generally to signal their im/polite intention (Haugh et al., 2015).

This panel would like to bring together researchers whose work focuses on one or several of the above-mentioned multimodal aspects of im/politeness in either oral, sign or written languages. This panel aims to discuss the role of different multimodal signals from both a perception and production point of view, looking at the phenomena across languages and cultures and at different stages of language development. Ultimately, the aim is to contribute to a better understanding of how multimodal im/politeness should figure in our description of the pragmatics of im/politeness more widely.

Call for Papers:

We welcome contributions that deal with the analysis of multimodal components of im/politeness in oral and sign languages, such as prosody/ non-manual features, gesture, sign and other bodily signals in face-to-face interaction and emojis and other cues in written language channels.

Abstracts should be submitted through the IPrA website (https://ipra2021.exordo.com/) by the October 25, 2020 deadline. Please make sure to select ''Multimodal im/politeness in spoken, sign and written language'' as the panel for your submission.

Feel free to get in touch with us at the email addresses below if you have any questions. We look forward to your submissions.

Iris Hübscher (URPP Language and Space, University of Zurich), iriscarmela.huebscheruzh.ch
Andreas H. Jucker (University of Zurich), ahjuckeres.uzh.ch
Lucien Brown (Monash University), lucien.brownmonash.edu




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