LINGUIST List 31.2591

Mon Aug 17 2020

Calls: Anthro Ling, Disc Analys, Pragmatics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 17-Aug-2020
From: Jörg Zinken <>
Subject: Rules in Social Interaction
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Full Title: Rules in Social Interaction

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

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Rules have been a central concept for researchers interested in human meaning and action since about the second half of the 20th century (Erickson et al., 2013). Across the social and human sciences, rules came to be seen as that which provides for order and meaning. A different perspective on the nature of rules and ''rule-following'' goes back to influential arguments in the works of Harold Garfinkel and Ludwig Wittgenstein (Garfinkel, 1967; Wittgenstein, 1953). Work in this tradition emphasizes a person's agency in treating a situation as requiring the application of a particular rule. Following a rule involves 'ad hoc' methods of interpreting the rule in the context of events, and participants mobilize rules and norms to provide for the accountability of their actions. Similar conceptualizations of norms and rules figure prominently in Conversation Analysis, especially in research into the orderly properties of interaction: the turn-taking rules (Sacks, Schegloff, & Jefferson, 1974) or (sequential) relevance rules (Robinson, 2016; Schegloff, 2007), for example.

Panel organizers: Jörg Zinken (Leibniz-Institute for the German Language, Mannheim), Uwe-A. Küttner (University of Potsdam), Arnulf Deppermann (Leibniz-Institute for the German Language, Mannheim), Lorenza Mondada (University of Basel), Giovanni Rossi (University of California, Los Angeles), Marja-Leena Sorjonen (University of Helsinki), Matylda Weidner (University of Bydgoszcz)

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions that examine authentic language materials (e.g., video-recorded data of social interaction, social media, voice messaging) to explore the role of rules in social interaction, both as an analytic concept and as a participants' concern. The following are some indicative research questions (although work need not be restricted to these questions):
- What are the contexts for 'on-record' overt rule formulations in social interaction?
- What are participants' (multimodal) methods for dealing with rule breaches in interaction?
- When and how do speakers come up with 'ad hoc' rules to deal with contingent events in interaction?
- What are the linguistic structures that participants across languages use to formulate and enforce rules?
- Does participants' conduct justify a distinction between different 'types' of rules, such as codified rules (e.g., in board games), implicit social rules (e.g., family mealtime rules, conversational rules) and moral 'rules'?
- What is the use, if any, of a notion of rules as an analytic concept?

The deadline for abstract submissions is 25 October 2020. Abstract are submitted via the IprA website (see guidance here: Please make sure you submit your abstract as part of the panel on 'Rules in Social Interaction'. Abstracts should be concise, between 250 and 500 words long, and state a research question, the examined data, and (tentative) findings.

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