21.4682, Confs: Pragmatics/United Kingdom

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Subject: 21.4682, Confs: Pragmatics/United Kingdom

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Date: 20-Nov-2010
From: Dennis Kurzon [kurzon at research.haifa.ac.il]
Subject: Pragmatics of Silence

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Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 15:16:50
From: Dennis Kurzon [kurzon at research.haifa.ac.il]
Subject: Pragmatics of Silence

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The Pragmatics of Silence 

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 10-Jul-2011 
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom 
Contact: Dennis Kurzon 
Contact Email: kurzon at research.haifa.ac.il 

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics 

Meeting Description: 

Silence as a field in pragmatics, and in linguistics in general, has become over 
the years widely researched. From almost isolated articles, which appeared in 
the late 1960s and in the 1970s (e.g. Basso 1970, Bruneau 1973, Vernon 
1973, Johannesen 1974), there has since been an explosion in the number of 
studies that have been published. We have a number of collections (Tannen 
and Saville-Troike 1985; Jaworski 1997, 2005), books (Jaworski 1993, Kurzon 
1997), and not an insignificant number of articles in linguistics, pragmatics and 
semiotics journals. Research into silence has covered an extensive range of 
areas, frequently, but not exclusively, from an interdisciplinary perspective: 
from silence in conversation, silence as a means of asserting power, the right 
of silence in criminal investigations, ethnographic studies of silence, silence in 
the cinema, in painting and in music, to silence in written, including literary, 
texts.The proposed papers in the panel, too, cover a broad range of research 
on silence, each relating to an interface between pragmatics and another 
discipline. From an analysis of silence within linguistics (Ephratt), we move to 
silence in sociolinguistics, or if preferable, societal pragmatics (Kurzon), and 
then to silence in three types of written texts: firstly, in two literary genres - 
short stories (Sadeghi) and graphic novels (Adler), then in mythological texts 
written in an ancient language (Miller), and finally in religio-literary texts (de 

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