LINGUIST List 32.2623

Wed Aug 11 2021

Calls: Historical Ling, Pragmatics, Text/Corpus Ling, Writing Systems/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 10-Aug-2021
From: Sonja Taigel <>
Subject: The graphematics/pragmatics interface (DGfS 2022)
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Full Title: The graphematics/pragmatics interface (DGfS 2022)

Date: 24-Feb-2022 - 25-Feb-2022
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Contact Person: Mailin Antomo
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Writing Systems

Call Deadline: 22-Aug-2021

Meeting Description:

It is generally accepted that the writing system of a language such as German results from phonographic, syllabic, morphological and syntactic principles. A more recent insight, however, is that several written devices are systematically connected with pragmatic functions, we use the term graphematics/pragmatics interface for that purpose. A heterogeneous number of phenomena can be subsumed under this notion: e.g. the use of punctuation marks (exclamation marks, quotation marks, omission marks; on the level of words the word-internal period (e.g. lit.COLOGNE), word-internal lower cases (KAUFhOF) or the use of * in gender-sensitive language; on the sentence and text level e.g. footnotes, parentheses, typographical means such as paragraphs, the marking of headlines, dashes, colons, different fonts, free capitalisations (Was für ein VOLLDEPP) and emojis; furthermore functional differences between writing systems if a language employs more than one (e.g. Katakana and Hiragana in Japanese). These phenomena - which have received little attention by research so far - have in common that they are related to pragmatic entities such as illocution, information structure or implicature or involve pragmatic concepts such as politeness, style or emotions respectively. Questions we would like to address are:

- Which phenomena interact with pragmatics?
- What is the function of these writings and to which pragmatic entities do they relate?
- Where is the border between semantics and pragmatics?
- Are the phenomena genre- or modality-specific?
- How did the respective devices develop
- Which didactic implications result from the description of these phenomena?
- Are there universal phenomena?

We aim at appealing to researchers who work synchronically or diachronically on cases of pragmatic writings. Theoretical as well as empirical approaches on any language displaying phenomena of this kind are welcome.

Confirmed Invited Speaker:
Rita Finkbeiner (Mainz)

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts for 30 minutes (20+10) presentations. Submissions should not exceed one page, 12pt. single spaced, with an optional additional page for examples and references. Please upload your abstracts at by the deadline listed below.

A limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro each are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members without/with low income.

Important Dates:

Call Deadline: 22 August 2021
Notification: 05 September 2021
Workshop: 24 & 25 February 2022 (in the context of the 44th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) from February 23 to 25, 2022, Tübingen).
Meeting URL:

Workshop Organizers:

Mailin Antomo (Göttingen)
Nathalie Staratschek (Wuppertal)
Sonja Taigel (Wuppertal)

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