Extended deadline for Meaning Construction in Critical Discourse Analysis

Christopher Hart c.hart at LANCASTER.AC.UK
Tue Nov 27 17:05:18 UTC 2007

Dear Colleagues,


Following author requests the abstract deadline for Meaning Construction
in Critical Discourse Analysis (Theme session at CADAAD'08) has been
extended to ***10 DECEMBER 2007***

Call for papers below.


Critical discourse analysis (CDA) identifies three analytic stages:
description, interpretation and explanation. Halliday's systemic
functional linguistics has become synonymous with description-stage
analysis of representation in text. And at the explanation stage, CDA is
associated with Marxism and Critical Theory. Very little work, however,
has been carried out at the interpretation stage, which is concerned
with discourse processing. Discourse processing, of course, involves
meaning construction as understood in cognitive linguistics or cognitive
pragmatics. Cognitive linguistics is a broad paradigm subsuming a number
of distinct theories and thus offering a range of potential analytical
tools to CDA. But whilst CDA has made use of conceptual metaphor theory,
it has not recognised cognitive linguistic approaches to discourse and
the input they provide at the interpretation-stage. Similarly, cognitive
approaches to pragmatics have not been recognised in CDA.

This methodologically-oriented session then, invites papers addressing
meaning construction in critical discourse analysis from the
perspectives of cognitive linguistics and cognitive pragmatics. As such,
papers applying conceptual blending theory, construction grammar,
discourse space theory, frame negotiation, mental space theory or
relevance theory, for example, are particularly welcome.

Please send abstracts of no longer than 400 words to
c.j.hart at herts.ac.uk by *10 DECEMBER 2007*. Authors should include their
name, affiliation and email address. Successful authors will be notified
via email by *15 February 2008*.

For details on CADAAD'08 please visit http://cadaad.org/cadaad08

Christopher Hart
Lecturer in English Language and Communication
School of Humanities
University of Hertfordshire


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