27.3474, Calls: Pragmatics, Syntax, Disc Analysis, Socioling/UK

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Subject: 27.3474, Calls: Pragmatics, Syntax, Disc Analysis, Socioling/UK

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Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:33:06
From: Yasemin Bayyurt [bayyurty at boun.edu.tr]
Subject: Address Forms Across Cultures

Full Title: Address Forms Across Cultures 

Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom 
Contact Person: Yasemin Bayyurt
Meeting Email: bayyurty at boun.edu.tr
Web Site: http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE15&n=1520 

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

Call Deadline: 25-Sep-2016 

Meeting Description:

This panel will be focusing on when, why and how native speakers and foreign
language learners of various Indo-European, Uralic and Altaic languages choose
to use/not use address terms in their interactions. It will also examine
whether or not, and if 'YES' how and when cultural and societal changes as
well as micro-contextual factors affect/determine the choice of address terms
among interlocutors.

For quite a while now, the central issue in the study of human communication
in various cultures has been the examination of the ways in which
interlocutors express their understanding of their relationship to one another
(Bayyurt 1996; Bayyurt & Bayraktaroğlu 2001; Hatipoğlu 2008; Little & Gelles
1975; Mills 1988; Musumeci 1991; Ostermann 2003; Sole 1978). That is, 'who the
speaker believes he is, who he believes the addressee is, what he thinks their
relationship is, and what he thinks he is doing by saying what he is saying'
(Parkinson 1985:5) can be uncovered by examining and describing the use of
various linguistic forms in various social contexts. Since the choice of
address terms (e.g., second person pronouns, honorifics, alternative verb
inflections, greetings, kin terms etc.) or lack of them in a particular
contexts in a particular society can reveal:

(a) How speakers in different cultures interpret the dimensions of
status/power (P) and solidarity/distance (D) (Bayyurt 1992; Brown & Gilman
1960; Brown & Ford 1964) 
(b) How speakers ensure that their daily relationships continue in
(c) When and how participants in a conversation adapt/deviate from local
dynamics in ongoing conversations
(d) The motives for initiating/terminating a conversation
(e) Speakers' and listeners' (un)willingness to communicate.

2nd Call for Papers:

The potential panel participants are expected to focus on practices in real
interactional situations and settings in their own cultures/societies.
Therefore, the methodology of this panel will involve the analysis of
naturally occurring interactions in different contexts (e.g., family setting
with different interlocutors, service encounters, electronic exchanges, social
media etc.). In addition, the panel participants will exhibit different
perspectives on address forms based on the linguistic and interactional
properties of their languages. 

In this panel, we welcome papers that focus mainly but not only on the
following research questions: 

(1) Which factors influence the way different cultures use address terms in
similar situations?
(2) How do speakers determine the use of address terms in different settings?
(3) How do cultural differences influence the way people use address terms?
(4) Does use of address terms differ in languages belonging to different
language families?

If you wish to contribute to the panel please send your abstracts (min. 250,
max 500 words) to both bayyurty at boun.edu.tr and ciler at metu.edu.tr by September
25, 2016.


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