25.3326, Calls: Pragmatics/Belgium

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Subject: 25.3326, Calls: Pragmatics/Belgium

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Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:47:45
From: Kiri Lee [kjl2 at Lehigh.edu]
Subject: Indexicality and Social Meanings of Honorifics

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Full Title: Indexicality and Social Meanings of Honorifics 

Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Location: Antwerp, Belgium 
Contact Person: Kiri Lee
Meeting Email: kjl2 at Lehigh.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics 

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2014 

Meeting Description:

How we humans situate ourselves in relation to others, how we address others, speak of them, and interact with them is linguistically transparent in any language, though not always superficially obvious. Linguistic forms across all human languages provide resources for such ways of speaking and interacting, e.g., (im)politely, with or without deference, signaling distance or solidarity or power, affiliation or disaffiliation and so forth. This panel focuses on the use of honorifics in relation to their intended meanings and the honorifics systems in a number of the world's languages. It is widely accepted that the use of honorifics, especially in languages which have a grammatically encoded system, is generally dictated by macro social factors such as age, socioeconomic status, gender and so forth (Brown and Gilman 1960, Sohn 1999, Kim-Renaud 2009, Kuno 1987, Shibatani 1990). Recently, however, researchers have seriously questioned whether the use of honorifics is wholly dependent on the relative status, or some other factors (social, psychological, register- and genre-dependent, etc.) play a crucial role in the selection process (Cook 1996, Strauss and Eun 2005, Dunn 2005, Brown 2011, Lee and Cho 2013). These studies are mostly based on the framework of ''indexicality'' proposed by Silverstein (1976), where he claims that there are various ''indexical-orders'' that work either at ''Micro'' level or at ''Macro'' level. While some studies, especially in Japanese honorifics, have dismissed the distinction between ''Micro'' and ''Macro'' levels and claim that functions of honorifics such as 'formal', 'public', and 'polite' are one of meanings the honorific form indexes directly (Cook 1999), other studies argue that ''Macro'' Indexing is clearly at work, based on the observation that Korean adheres more rigidly to socially prescribed honorific forms both in terms of address as well as in honorific language than Japanese (e.g., Lee and Cho 2013). These studies, however, have tended to look at Japanese honorifics and Korean honorifics in isolation. To further investigate how ''indexical-orders'' actually operate and what various social meanings of honorifics are, this panel calls for a cross-linguistic perspective where, not only Japanese and Korean, but also languages such as French, Spanish, and Persian (Aliakbari 2008) are systematically compared to uncover ''social meanings'' such as the speaker's social characteristics, stance, attributes, and identities.

The aim of this panel is three-folds:

i) To identify social meanings indexed by honorifics in both public and private discourse data from several languages
ii) To investigate if the distinction between ''Macro'' and ''Micro'' Indexicality is universally relevant to the use of honorifics, and
iii) To reveal hitherto unknown interactions between different honorific systems within a language (e.g., subject honorification vs. addressee honorification as these constructs apply in Korean, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Persian.)

Call for Papers:

Please find the information about how to submit your abstract in http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE14&n=1473.

Deadline is October 15, 2014.

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