LINGUIST List 31.2911

Fri Sep 25 2020

Calls: Pragmatics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 21-Sep-2020
From: Tom Koole <>
Subject: Orientations to ‘knowing how’ in interaction
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Full Title: Orientations to ‘knowing how’ in interaction

Date: 27-Jun-2021 - 02-Jul-2021
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Tom Koole
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

In Conversation Analysis there has been considerable analytic attention for the interactional import of epistemics: participants’ orientations to the knowledge they share or not (e.g. Heritage 2012; Heritage & Raymond 2012) and to rights and responsibilities with respect to domains of knowledge (e.g. Stivers et al. 2011). In these investigations of epistemics, the focus has been primarily on ‘knowing that’ or ‘propositional’ knowledge. Analyses of the interactional import of ‘knowing how’ (e.g. Ryle 1946) have been much more scarce and have often not travelled under the flag of epistemics. Curl & Drew (2008) for requests and Craven & Potter (2010) for directives have for example observed a design orientation to the ability of an addressee to perform the recruited action and have used the notion of ‘contingency’ to characterize these orientations, where aspects of these contingencies lie in the competencies or ‘knowing how’ of these addressees. Also the concept of ‘expertise’ has been proposed to characterize interactional orientations to in particular professional skills of for example doing assessments (Heritage 2013), medical reasoning (Harms et al. forthc.) or seeing (Goodwin 1994). In this panel we aim to bring together research on participants’ orientations to such forms of ‘knowing how’ to explore (i) the designs of these orientations, (ii) their interactional import, and (iii) to discuss them in relation to epistemics.

Call for Papers:

We invite all those interested to propose your contributions to the panel organizers Ilkka Arminen ( and Tom Koole ( by sending us an email with your concept abstract.

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