29.3035, Calls: Pragmatics/China

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Subject: 29.3035, Calls: Pragmatics/China

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Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:03:49
From: Ursula Lutzky [ursula.lutzky at wu.ac.at]
Subject: Speech Act Research and Large Corpora

Full Title: Speech Act Research and Large Corpora 

Date: 09-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Hong Kong, China 
Contact Person: Ursula Lutzky
Meeting Email: ursula.lutzky at wu.ac.at

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics 

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018 

Meeting Description:

Speech Act Research and Large Corpora 
(Panel at the 16th International Pragmatics Conference, 9-14 June 2019, Hong

Co-organised by: 

- Andreas H. Jucker (University of Zurich)
- Ursula Lutzky (Vienna University of Economics and Business)


Speech act research has made significant progress in recent years thanks to
the increasing availability of large corpora, the further sophistication of
search techniques, and a better theoretical understanding of the nature of
speech acts. In this panel, we would like to extend this work by sharing and
discussing different approaches to the study of speech acts in large corpora.
Contributions on any language may focus on the specific ways in which speech
acts can be retrieved from large corpora (through illocutionary force
indicating devices, collocational patterns of such devices, metacommunicative
expressions used to refer to them and so on); on corpus annotations that help
to retrieve speech acts; on the analytical procedures (including also manual
analysis) necessary or feasible to scrutinise large numbers of retrieved hits;
and on the theoretical implications that such work has for our understanding
of the nature of speech acts, especially if speech acts are seen as dynamic
entities that are defined not only through their felicity conditions but also
and largely through the ways in which interactants discursively understand and
delimit them. A compliment, for instance, can be a compliment not only because
of how it is formulated but also because the addressee takes it to be one.

Corpora allow contrastive or historical analyses but such work requires a
clear theoretical understanding of how to deal with similarities and
differences across languages and across time. How similar does an Early Modern
speech act have to be to a Present-day one in order to be comparable? And how
do we have to define specific speech acts, e.g. apologies, in order to make
them comparable between different languages, e.g. English and Japanese?

Call for Papers:

For this panel, we welcome contributions on any language which may study
historical or contemporary data. Papers may take a contrastive approach in the
analysis of more than one language or more than one stage in the development
of a language. 

Please submit abstracts via the official IPrA conference website by 15 October
2018 (https://pragmatics.international/general/custom.asp?page=CfP).
If you have any questions on this panel, you are welcome to get in touch with
one of the co-organisers.


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