25.3026, Confs: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Belgium

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Subject: 25.3026, Confs: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Belgium

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Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:28:28
From: Paul Bouissac [paul.bouissac at utoronto.ca]
Subject: Social Dynamics of Pronominal Systems

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Social Dynamics of Pronominal Systems 

Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015 
Location: Antwerp, Belgium 
Contact: Paul Bouissac 
Contact Email: paul.bouissac at utoronto.ca 

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics 

Meeting Description: 

The purpose of this session is to propose a socio-semiotic analysis of
pronominal systems from the pragmatic point of view of sociality, spatial
semiotics, and the bio-semiotics of territoriality. Personal pronouns, for
instance, are used to determine closeness or distance, dominance or
submission, equality or inequality, gender, absolute and relative status. This
raises the issue of the role of pronominal systems in the early development of
the child’s identity. Moreover, the social dynamic generated by pronominal
systems necessarily impacts the interface between languages and creates zones
of friction and misunderstandings. A better awareness of the relative
implications of these systems should improve inter-ethnic and inter-linguistic
interactions. In most languages, personal pronouns form a relatively
autonomous system which not only regulates but also constitutes the form of
social relationships among speakers of these languages. These systems change
with time and space under a variety of constraints. In the meta-language of
pedagogical discourse, pronouns are defined as indexical tools, that is,
abstract relational tools which need a context to receive some content. The
use of pronominal systems is not only regulated by syntactic rules but also
governed by pragmatic norms. However, all languages do not offer the same
systematic pronominal resources to their speakers. When history and
socio-politics bring speakers of different languages into contact, their
respective pronominal systems rarely map exactly unto each other. This often
causes the emergence of tensions which are generated by the lack of homology
between the pronominal systems concerned and their pragmatic rules.
 









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