LINGUIST List 32.269

Wed Jan 20 2021

Calls: Applied Ling, Comp Ling, Disc Analys, Pragmatics, Semantics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 20-Jan-2021
From: Steve Oswald <>
Subject: Argumentation & Language 2021
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Full Title: Argumentation & Language 2021
Short Title: ARGAGE2021

Date: 10-Nov-2021 - 12-Nov-2021
Location: University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Contact Person: ARGAGE2021 Conference
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2021

Meeting Description:

The CoRReA (Collectif Romand de Recherche en Argumentation - Universities of Fribourg, Lausanne and Neuchâtel) in collaboration with the Università della Svizzera Italiana (IALS), organises every three years, since 2015, a conference specifically devoted to the question of argumentation approached from the perspective of language. The 2015 edition of this bilingual international conference was held in Lausanne and the 2018 edition in Lugano. The 3rd edition of the conference will take place in Neuchâtel.

The ARGAGE conference series is a platform devoted to research at the interface of the language sciences and argumentation studies. Please refer to the website ( and to our submission page ( for specific information about this 3rd edition of the event.

Call for Papers:

ARGAGE is primarily aimed at researchers in language and communication sciences, but also in other disciplines, with the understanding that the description of the linguistic functioning of argumentation significantly permeates their research. Researchers are invited to submit proposals for papers in at least one of the following three areas:

a) Linguistic description of argumentation schemes
Since Perelman, argumentative schemes or types of arguments are part of the DNA of argumentation theory. While the notion of scheme is closely linked to the philosophical approach to argumentation, its linguistic dimension is the subject of several recent studies, whether on the straw man fallacy, the appeal to popularity or the argument of reciprocity. This illustrates the richness of the interdisciplinary dialogue between philosophy and the language sciences on argumentation.

b) Argumentation and pragmatics
Pragmatics and argumentation have always had a close relationship, as evidenced for example by the speech act-theoretic foundations of pragma-dialectics. Cognitive science is closely concerned with questions relating to argumentation and its effects, which are the result of inferential mechanisms and language instructions. The perlocutionary dimension of argumentation is accordingly at the center of this sub-theme.

c) Argumentation beyond connectives and beyond words
All argumentation manuals recommend the identification of logical and argumentative connectives in the analysis of argumentation. However, on the one hand, only a minority of naturally-occurring statements are connected by them, and many scholars claim that argumentation cannot be reduced to these language markers alone on the other. Research about the multimodality of argumentation envisages the act of arguing beyond words, while others argue for the idea that the semantics of words themselves guide argumentation. This is not without echoing the position of J.-B. Grize's natural logic, to which a conference on argumentation in Neuchâtel cannot fail to pay tribute. The richness of argumentation beyond words poses numerous problems in argument mining, due to the absence (or ambiguity) of linguistic markers. The organisers accordingly welcome contributions in this field to illustrate the difficulties to which this approach is confronted.

Given the above rationale, the organising committee:
-will give priority to proposals which make their methods and analytical categories explicit and which privilege the description of data collected in corpora or empirically gathered.
-will select received submissions on the basis of anonymised abstracts.

Invited speakers: Henrike Jansen (University of Leiden), Chris Reed (University of Dundee), Andrea Rocci (Università della Svizzera Italiana), Sandrine Zufferey (University of Bern)

Types of contributions: individual presentations and panels. Please refer to our website for submission details ( Deadline: 15 March 2021 for panels, 15 April 2021 for individual presentations.

Submission link:

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