25.3979, Calls: Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Phonetics, Translation, Syntax/Italy

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Subject: 25.3979, Calls: Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Phonetics, Translation, Syntax/Italy

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Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:56:49
From: Inmaculada Solís García [isgarcia at unisa.it]
Subject: Workshop Affirmation Systems and Strategies in Interaction

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Full Title: Workshop Affirmation Systems and Strategies in Interaction 

Date: 02-Apr-2015 - 03-Apr-2015
Location: Salerno, Italy 
Contact Person: Inmaculada Solís García
Meeting Email: isgarcia at unisa.it

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Phonetics; Pragmatics; Syntax; Translation 

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2014 

Meeting Description:

The aim of this workshop is to approach the functioning of affirmative strategies in oral 
interaction from a monolingual or contrastive perspective.

While argumentative discourse and, within it, disagreement and contradiction strategies, have 
been the subject of several studies since the 1980s  (Gelas & Kerbrat-Orecchioni 1980: Le 
discours polémique), affirmation strategies remain a vastly unexplored field of study, perhaps 
due to their neutral and unmarked functioning in the conversation. An initial issue concerns 
the very definition of “affirmation”. We have purposely chosen a vague terminology and 
accepted a wide interpretation of the term, namely: signaling affirmation or agreement in 
languages is positively assessing the interlocutor's assertion/question or positively assessing 
a binary exchange (- You leave at eight – Yes/Ok/ All right). In this sense, examining 
affirmation strategies in languages implies focusing on discourse markers such as Ok, All 
right, Sure and all those belonging to this microsystem in English, or Vale, Sí, De acuerdo / 
Voilà, Oui, D’accord, etc. in Spanish and French, from different points of view (phonetic, 
prosodic, semantic, syntactic and pragmatic). It also includes studying phenomena related to 
the appropriation of the floor by the interlocutor and co-enunciation. Lastly, it requires 
digging deeper into the construction of consensus during interaction in languages. The fact 
that affirmation markers are not always translatable from one language to another may stem 
from the way in which consensual interaction is built, as the conception of a successful 
exchange can vary substantially from one linguistic culture to another.

The workshop aims to create the opportunity for exchange around affirmation strategies in 
various languages between researchers from different fields of study. Two meetings will be 
organized:

- The first will take place at the University of Salerno, April 2-3, 2015.
- The second at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, October 2015.


Calls for Paper:

We welcome proposals on the following non-exhaustive list of topics:

A. Linguistic analysis of the affirmation systems and strategies in a given language. This 
consists in studying linguistic mechanisms seen as a coherent system: repetition, prosody, 
discourse markers, lexicon etc. or the different affirmation strategies given the textual type of 
interaction. Analyses can be structured at a phonetic/prosodic, semantic, syntactic or 
pragmatic level.

B. Contrastive perspectives on affirmation systems and strategies in languages: Why is it not 
always possible to translate literally d’accord by vale in Spanish? What does this discrepancy 
tell us about the consensual construction of interaction in different linguistic cultures?

C. Applications to teaching or translation: How can one teach affirmation markers, going 
beyond lists of words that are wrongly considered as interchangeable? Is it true that bien sûr, 
so common in French manuals, is really the affirmation marker preferred by French speakers? 
It’ not sure…

Scholars interested in submitting proposals are requested to send an abstract (one page A4, 
Times font, size 12) to isgarcia at unisa.it; jdelahaie at hotmail.com, which includes the following:

- Title of the communication
- Name/Surname of author(s), academic  and/or research position
- Thematic area of reference
- Email address 
- Very brief summary (2-3 lines) in which the core of the proposal is stated, paying special 
attention to the innovative aspects
- Brief presentation of the proposal in which the frame of reference is presented synthetically 
and the methodology and main points of the proposal are explained
- Short bibliography

Talks will last 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. Speakers will be invited to submit a 
written version of their talk after the session; all the articles will be peer-reviewed before 
publication. If accepted, they will be published in the journal Testi e linguaggi
(http://www.unisa.it/dipartimenti/dip_studi_umanistici/sezioni/sllf/rivista/index_riv)

Important Dates:

- Deadline for submission of Abstracts: December 15, 2014
- Notification of acceptance of proposals: January 15, 2015
- Registration (free of charge but mandatory): until March 30, 2015. Please contact 
isgarcia at unisa.it to receive the sign up form
- Dates of the first Workshop session: April 2-3, 2015, Universita’ di Salerno (Italia)







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