LINGUIST List 31.2441
Mon Aug 03 2020
Calls: Disc Analys, Phonology, Pragmatics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/Switzerland
Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <laurenlinguistlist.org>
Elisabeth Reber <elisabeth.reber
Diachronic Pragmatics E-mail this message to a friend
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
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. https://pragmatics.international/page/CfP
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 elisabeth.reber
uni-wuerzburg.de but this is not a condition for acceptance.
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