LINGUIST List 31.2441

Mon Aug 03 2020

Calls: Disc Analys, Phonology, Pragmatics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 03-Aug-2020
From: Elisabeth Reber <>
Subject: Diachronic Pragmatics
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Full Title: Diachronic Pragmatics

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

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Phonology; Pragmatics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Diachronic pragmatics: New perspectives on spoken English from the twentieth century to today

Elisabeth Reber (University of Würzburg)
Andreas H. Jucker (University of Zurich)

Until recently, diachronic pragmatics had to rely on written data to explore changes of usage patterns across time. But in the meantime, new tools have become available to make it possible to trace language change and the development of usage patterns on the basis of actual spoken language at least for the relatively recent past. These tools include archives of audio and video recordings going back to the middle of the twentieth century (parliamentary discourse, audio and video broadcasts of chat shows, presidential press conferences and the like) and various corpora containing transcriptions of actual spoken language going back several decades (e.g. Corpus of Contemporary American English – Spoken, 1990-2019; The TV Corpus, 1950-2018; The Movie Corpus, 1930-2018). All these tools offer new and exciting research perspectives for diachronic pragmatics. This panel, therefore, invites contributions that combine a diachronic pragmatic perspective with an interest in spoken English and its recent changes, and by doing so explores the potential of these new tools. Possible research areas include (but are not restricted to):
- Recent changes in discourse conventions and action formation
- Recent changes in interpersonal interaction (patterns of im/politeness)
- Recent changes in patterns of linguistic structure, bodily movements, and patterns of interaction
- Recent changes in discourse marker usage, interjections and hesitation phenomena

All these investigations should also include a careful assessment and critique of the new tools. To what extent can they deliver what they promise, and how can we cooperate to combine these resources in order to get a better understanding of recent developments of spoken language?

Call for Papers:

We are pleased to invite talk proposals for a panel “Diachronic pragmatics: New perspectives on spoken English from the twentieth century to today” at the 17th International Pragmatics Conference, Winterthur, Switzerland, 27 June - 2 July 2021.

Please submit your paper abstract through the conference website by 25 October 2020. Cf. for further instructions. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed as part of the official review process. Please note that you will have to become a member of the International Pragmatics Association to submit a paper abstract to the conference.

We would appreciate it if you sent a note of interest to but this is not a condition for acceptance.

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