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Full Title: Pragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particles

Short Title: PragmaComo
Location: Como, Italy
Start Date: 16-Oct-2014 - 17-Oct-2014
Contact: Andrea Sansò
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Meeting Description: Pragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particles: What do we know and where do we go from here?

Università dell'Insubria, Como (Italy), 16-17 October 2014


The workshop aims to contribute to the discussion on the emergence and use of pragmatic markers (PMs), discourse markers (DMs) and modal particles (MPs). Although classifications diverge in this field, PMs can be broadly defined as markers of functions belonging to the domains of social cohesion (the H-S relationship; e.g. please, danke, etc.), DMs as strategies ensuring textual cohesion (discourse managing; e.g. utterance initial usages of but, anyway, etc.), and MPs as signals of personal stance (the speaker’s perspective towards the discourse and the interlocutor; e.g. German ja, eben etc.). PMs, DMs, and MPs have been the object of extensive investigation. However, their heterogeneous character – i.e. the fact that they derive from many different sources, and that they are multifunctional – has resulted in fragmentary descriptions that fit well the facts of a given language, but may be seriously challenged when one extends the analysis to other languages.

Scientific Committee:

Peter Auer (University of Freiburg), Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo), Silvia Dal Negro (Free University of Bozen), Chiara Fedriani (University of Bergamo), Chiara Ghezzi (University of Bergamo), Anna Giacalone Ramat (University of Pavia), Bernd Kortmann (FRIAS, Freiburg), Gianguido Manzelli (University of Pavia), Caterina Mauri (University of Pavia), Piera Molinelli (University of Bergamo), Paolo Ramat (IUSS Institute), Andrea Sansò (Insubria University - Como), Federica Venier (University of Bergamo), Alessandro Vietti (Free University of Bozen).

Invited Speakers:

Kate Beeching (University of the West of England)
Yael Maschler (University of Haifa)
Mario Squartini (University of Turin)
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Typology
LL Issue: 25.1381

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