29.2998, Calls: Japanese; Anthro Ling, Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Socioling/China

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Subject: 29.2998, Calls: Japanese; Anthro Ling, Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Socioling/China

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2018 17:26:02
From: Judit Kroo [jkroo at vassar.edu]
Subject: Tactics and Strategies of Marginalization in Japanese

Full Title: Tactics and Strategies of Marginalization in Japanese 

Date: 09-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Hong Kong, China 
Contact Person: Judit Kroo
Meeting Email: jkroo at vassar.edu

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

Subject Language(s): Japanese (jpn)

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018 

Meeting Description:

Full Title: Losing One’s 'Place': Linguistic Tactics and Strategies of
Marginalization in Japanese

The notion of ba ‘place’ or ibasho ‘a place where one belongs or fits in’ has
been considered from a sociological perspective as central to Japanese
discursive social frameworks (Brinton, 2010; Sugimoto and Shoji, 2006) and
salient with respect to a range of pragmatic linguistic phenomena especially
the loosely defined set of strategies subsumed under ‘politeness’ (Ide, 1989;
Haugh, 2005 etc.).  At the same time, the social practices related to
participation in normative ba/ibasho are falling out of reach for many
Japanese. The concept of ba-ibasho is thus inseparable from that of
marginalization as individuals who deviate from normative participation
patterns with respect to a given ba may be marginalized by that ba, and
individuals may choose to agentively remove themselves from normative social
frameworks, thus self-marginalizing with respect to a ba. 

The papers on this panel will investigate marginalization in Japanese as it
emerges through discursive and pragmatic practices. Debate and inter-paper
dialogue is expected from diverse researchers whose work grapples with the
margins of linguistically achieved ba across a range of interactional
contexts. These include but are not limited to media discourses, institutional
talk and everyday conversation. Rather than assuming marginalization as a
taken-for-granted effect of social frameworks, the papers on this panel will
empirically explore the range of linguistic strategies through which
marginalization is achieved and how individuals at times use
self-marginalization to their advantage. 

Following broader trends in the social sciences that recognize social
categories, including identity, as sites of linguistic transmodal
subjectivity, we investigate marginalization from both the individual speaker
and broader social regulatory perspective, focusing on the linguistic
strategies and pragmatically rich items through which speakers are
marginalized or marginalize themselves. Marginalization is thus an agentive
tactic of speakers (self-marginalization) as well as a strategy of broader
social structures (marginalization of speakers). This panel aims to
collaboratively construct a framework of marginalization, noting that while it
is the focus of much fruitful research, (Cornips and de Rooij, 2018) it is
frequently employed as an undertheorized term. 

We invite further contributions that address linguistic marginalization as a
pragmatic strategy and norm in Japanese speaking contexts. Linguistic data may
include political discourse, popular media, natural speech etc. of
individuals’ (including non-ethnic Japanese) whose social practices and
identity performances are marginalized within communities.  

Tentatively confirmed speakers: Gavin Furukawa, Judit Kroo, Junko Saito, Kyoto
Satoh, GIancarla Unser-Schutz, Tsuchiya Keiko
Brinton, M. (2010). Lost in Transition: Youth, Work and Instability in
Postindustrial Japan. 
Cornips, L. and de Rooij, V. (2018). The Sociolinguistics of Place and
Belonging: Perspectives from the margins. 
Haugh, M. (2005). The importance of “place” in Japanese politeness –
Implications for cross-cultural and intercultural analysis. 
Ide, S. (1989). Formal forms and discernment: Two neglected aspects of
universals of linguistic politeness. 
Sugimoto, K. and Shoji, I. (2006). Structure of the Psychological Function and
Developmental Changes in “Ibasho” (Existential Place).

Call for Papers:

Abstracts of 250 - 500 words (including references) can be submitted until
October 15 via the IPrA conference website https://ipra2019.exordo.com/.
Additional information regarding the abstract submission process can be found
at http://pragmatics.international/page/CfP. If you have any questions, please
contact us via email:  jkroo at vassar.edu


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