LINGUIST List 32.2494

Tue Jul 27 2021

Confs: Pragmatics/Australia and Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 26-Jul-2021
From: Chloe Diskin-Holdaway <>
Subject: Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change 5
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Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change 5
Short Title: DiPVaC5

Date: 14-Dec-2021 - 16-Dec-2021
Location: Melbourne and Online, Australia
Contact: Chloe Diskin-Holdaway
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Meeting Description:

What is DiPVaC?
DiPVaC is a biennial international conference series showcasing cutting-edge research into quantitative approaches to variation and change in what are broadly termed 'discourse-pragmatic features': this includes (but is not limited to) research on discourse markers or pragmatic particles whose primary functions are interpersonal and textual (e.g. well, like, you know, comme, alors, doch, zwar, diciamo, dakedo, etc.); tag questions; silence; filled pauses; adjectives; adverbs; and general extenders.

The conference builds on an extensive international research network (see and a track record of profiling the latest research in discourse-pragmatic variation and change in a wide variety of languages. It also provides a forum for the discussion of methodological, empirical and theoretical advancements in the analysis of variation and change in the use of discourse-pragmatic features; opportunities for the examination of the social implications and applications of research into the use of these features; and the formation of new international and multidisciplinary research networks.

Program Information:

Who are the plenary speakers?
- Derek Denis (University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada): Discourse-pragmatic innovation in one of the world's most multicultural cities

- Janet Holmes (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand): Doing leadership in style: the contribution of pragmatic particles in New Zealand workplace interaction​

- Ilana Mushin (The University of Queensland, Australia) & Lesley Stirling (The University of Melbourne, Australia): Be in the moment: attending to interactional context in analysing discourse-pragmatic variation

- Celeste RodrĂ­guez-Louro (The University of Western Australia): The soul of language: Discourse-pragmatic variation and change in urban Aboriginal English

With special workshops on The acquisition of discourse-pragmatic variation led by Alexandra D'Arcy (University of Victoria, Canada)

and Integrating interactional methods into our analysis of discourse-pragmatic variation by Mirjam Eiswirth (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

What is the venue?
The conference will be held in hybrid format, both online and in-person at the University of Melbourne (Parkville campus), Melbourne, Australia.

- ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
- School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne
- Ampersand - an international journal of general and applied linguistics

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