LINGUIST List 31.2434

Fri Jul 31 2020

Calls: Pragmatics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 29-Jul-2020
From: Daniel Kadar <>
Subject: Cross-cultural Pragmatics: Multiple Perspectives and Methodologies
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Full Title: Cross-cultural Pragmatics: Multiple Perspectives and Methodologies

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

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Cross-cultural Pragmatics: Multiple Perspectives and Methodologies

Organised by:
Juliane House (Hamburg University)
Daniel Kadar (Dalian University of Foreign Languages/Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

The aim of this panel, to take place at the next IPrA conference, is to provide innovative explorations in the field of cross-cultural pragmatics, by involving contributors who approach language and culture in a predominantly bottom-up and corpus-based way. While cross-cultural pragmatics has been a popular area in pragmatic research for a long time, we believe that it is a timely endeavor to reinvigorate the field by bringing together new research that approaches cross-cultural pragmatics from multiple perspectives and by using a variety of methodological approaches, including modern technologically-informed ones. Such a multiperspectival and multimethod take on cross-cultural pragmatics seems for us to be important for various reasons. Firstly, it can help us to move beyond traditional essentialist views of language and culture, and also to identify conventionalised, linguaculturally situated patterns of language use from innovative angles. Secondly, through such an approach, innovative research methodologies can be brought to the contrastive analysis of expressions, speech acts and discursive practices. Thirdly, bringing various strands of research together can contribute to forging synergies between cross-cultural pragmatics and other areas of pragmatic inquiry.

Call for Papers:

The proposed panel includes various contributors who already confirmed participation – we outline the names of these contributors and the area of research they plan to cover below. Note that this is an OPEN CALL for contributions and we welcome other relevant contributions. We particularly encourage researchers working on areas not covered in the list of topics below to submit an abstract. The panel organisers plan to publish the paper version of the contributions as a special issue in a high-impact journal.

Confirmed contributors in an alphabetical order and themes they plan to cover:

Karin Aijmer: Evidentiality and corpus pragmatics
Rong Chen, Lin He, Ming Dong: Face and metapragmatics
Anita Fetzer and Elda Weizman: Language and politics
Kerstin Fischer and Yoshiko Matsumoto: Pragmatics and computers
Michal Hamo and Zohar Kampf: Ethics, morality and news analysis
Daniel Z. Kadar and Juliane House: The pragmatics of ritual and expressions
Songthama Intachakra: The pragmatics of lying
Meredith Marra and Janet Holmes: Language and workplace
Shigeko Okamoto: Language and gender and translation studies
Christine von Stutterheim: Language typology and empirical
process-oriented research
Ren Wei: L2 pragmatics

If you would like to contribute to this panel, please send your 250-500 word abstract to for pre-approval.

All abstracts will ultimately have to be submitted individually through the IPrA website ( by 25 October 2020. Please prepare your abstracts for submission with a reference to the IPrA Call for papers & Submission guidelines at and select the panel “Cross-cultural Pragmatics: Multiple Perspectives and Methodologies.”

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