LINGUIST List 31.2467

Tue Aug 04 2020

Calls: Pragmatics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 04-Aug-2020
From: Lihe Huang <>
Subject: Aging and Elders’ Communication
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Full Title: Aging and Elders’ Communication

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

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

With the increasingly severe aging trend in today's world, research into the features and mechanisms of elders' pragmatic communication has both academic and practical values. Due to typical physiological and cognitive aging and/or neurodegenerative diseases, elders present certain pragmatic features or communication disorders in verbal interaction. As a result, geronto-linguistic research that focuses on language degradation of different groups of elders gradually emerges.

We are especially interested in the elders' pragmatic communication. Specific research themes of interest include, but are not limited to:
1.linguistic features of elders' speech production and its neurocognitive or social-cultural mechanism
2.perception mechanisms of the elder's interaction
3.face-saving issues, identity construction, and doctor-patient interaction in elders' life
4.analysis of elders' communication within the multimodal pragmatics framework, especially the study of characteristics of non-verbal behavior and emotional communication of the elders with dementia
5.comparison of speech production between healthy elders and elders with dementia, especially between the elders speaking different mother tongues
6.narratives of aging, diseases, and death from the social pragmatics perspective

This panel encourages discussion on the features and mechanisms of elders' pragmatic communication and social interaction based on various theoretical perspectives and research methods. The perspectives and methods include but are not limited to pragmatic analysis, conversation analysis, ethnographic methods, corpus-based approaches, multimodal analysis, controlled experiments, and lifespan development methods.

After preliminary coordination, the following contributors will present their work in this panel:
1.Yueguo Gu, ''Investigating Young-Olds' Memory in Everyday Life''
2.Lihe Huang, ''Social Image and Self-identity of Chinese Elders in Aging Society: from Frailty to Vitality''
3.Hongyan Liu, ''A Multimodal Study on Chinese Alzheimer's Speakers' Speech Acts in Situated Discourse''
4.Yan Jiang, Yueguo Gu, ''Exploring Reasoning Patterns of Pragmatics and Decision-Making in Older People's Fraud Cases''
5.Deyu Zhou, Lihe Huang, Wei Zhang, ''Conversational Structure in the Interaction between Examiners and Elders with Dementia Risk in Chinese Context''
6.Xin Cui,Hongwei Ding, ''the Phonetic Approach towards Alzheimer's Disease: Language Tasks and Phonetic Parameters''
7.Meng Jiang, ''Lexical and pre-lexical processing in patients with motor diseases is selectively impaired for Chinese action verbs''

Call for Papers:

If you are interested in language aging (primarily pragmatic aging), you are cordially invited to submit proposals to this panel. Feel free to contact the two panel-organizers if you have any questions. Please submit an abstract of your panel contribution on or before 25 October 2020.

1.The acceptance of panel contribution entirely depends on its quality.
2.IPrA membership is required for submitting an abstract (with all deadlines in 2020) as well as for presenting during the conference.
3.For other details, including submission details, please refer to

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