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LINGUIST List 17.3179

Mon Oct 30 2006

Confs: Discourse Analysis, Historical Ling/Germany

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        1.    Wiltrud Mihatsch, Workshop : The Emergence of Pragmatic Markers

Message 1: Workshop : The Emergence of Pragmatic Markers
Date: 30-Oct-2006
From: Wiltrud Mihatsch <wiltrud.mihatschuni-bielefeld.de>
Subject: Workshop : The Emergence of Pragmatic Markers

Workshop : The Emergence of Pragmatic Markers

Date: 30-Nov-2006 - 01-Dec-2006
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Contact: Wiltrud Mihatsch
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/lili/personen/wmihatsch/Akutelles/WorkshopPragMarkers.html

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics

Meeting Description:

Workshop :
The emergence of pragmatic markers : innovation, routinisation and pragmaticalisation of approximators and related markers

University of Bielefeld (Germany), 30th November- 1st December 2006

Organisation : Barbara Job and Wiltrud Mihatsch

Faculty of Linguistics and Literature, University of Bielefeld

The workshop is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Invited speakers:
Aijmer, Karin (Göteborg)
Gülich, Elisabeth (Bielefeld)
Dausendschön-Gay, Ulrich (Bielefeld)
Jäger, Gerhard (Bielefeld)
Krafft, Ulrich (Bielefeld)
Martín Zorraquino, María Antonia (Zaragoza)
Rossari, Corinne (Fribourg)
Waltereit, Richard (Newcastle)

Discourse functions such as the structuring and the connection of discourse segments, repairs, hesitation marking, modalisation, backchannelling and the indication of loose talk can be realized by highly heterogeneous linguistic means, which in turn can be more or less conventionalised.

Approximation is still a little-studied phenomenon compared to other discourse functions. Here we find quite heterogeneous means, for instance lexical expressions such as approximately, the approximative effects of disjunctive constructions (e.g. four or five), parentheticals such as say, former prepositions such as about, and former nouns such as kind (of). On the referential level, these markers can all serve to blur the boundaries of semantic categories, on the discourse level they can signal naming problems, figurative meaning, emergency categorisations in the case of word-finding problems, a speaker's distance towards his or her own utterance, or a higher degree of politeness. Thus, there appears to be a strong link with modality.

We subsume all these discursive elements under the more general term ''pragmatic marker''. In the past few years the study of the linguistic forms of pragmatic markers and their linguistic status has considerably advanced. However, diachronic analyses have appeared only relatively recently.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the processes that lead to the emergence of pragmatic markers by bringing together scholars with diverse theoretical and empirical outlooks and from different philologies in order to address theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects which can help to elucidate the emergence and the conventionalisation of pragmatic markers, in particular approximation markers and modal markers.

Conference languages will be English and French


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

19:00 Warming up

Thursday, November 30, 2006

10:00-10:15 Barbara Job and Wiltrud Mihatsch: Introduction

10:15-11:15 Barbara Job (Bielefeld)
L'émergence des marqueurs pragmatiques et théorie du changement

11:15-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 Gerhard Jäger (Bielefeld)
Priming and grammaticalization

12:30-13:30 Richard Waltereit (Newcastle, United Kingdom)
Modal particles and discourse particles: Two pathways of
diachronic change

13:30-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-16:00 Karin Aijmer (Göteborg, Sweden)
Totally in American English - a new maximizer ?

16:00-17:00 María Antonia Martín Zorraquino (Zaragoza, Spain)
Casi et igual: la grammaticalisation modale de deux adverbes de
l'espagnol actuel

17:00-17:30 Coffee break

17:30-18:30 Joel Walters (Ramat-Gan, Israel)
Three types of Pragmatic Approximation in the Use of Pragmatic

19:30 Dinner

Friday, 1st December, 2006

9:00-10:00 Ulrich Dausendschön-Gay/ Ulrich Krafft (Bielefeld)
Vers l'organisation conventionnalisée de l'interaction

10:00-11:00 Elisabeth Gülich (Bielefeld)
C'est très très dur à décrire ce qu'on ressent
exactement. Procédés d'approximation et de réparation
dans les descriptions de souffrances

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 Mahmoud A. Al-Khatib and Saddam Bany Mustafa (Irbid, Jordan)
A socio-pragmatic investigation of the persuasive strategies
used in Al-Jazeera's ''the opposite direction'' TV Program

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:00 Corinne Rossari (Fribourg, Switzerland)
L'incursion du dialogique dans le monologique comme routine de

15:00-16:00 Galina A. Kalmykova (Ulyanovsk, Russia)
Defocusing of Conditional markers in German and in Russian from
Pragmatic Perspective

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:30 Astrid Rothe (Cologne, Germany)
''C'est genre pfuuh Scheiße'' The use of genre by French teenagers

17:30-18:30 Wiltrud Mihatsch (Bielefeld)
Approximation Markers : Lexicalization,
Grammaticalization or Pragmaticalization?

Registration and fees:

Participants are invited to register as soon as possible. To register, please send a fax, a letter or an email indicating your name, affiliation, email and mailing adddress, telephone and fax numbers to:

Dr. Wiltrud Mihatsch
Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft
Universität Bielefeld
Postfach 100131
D- 33501 Bielefeld
Fax: ++49 (0)521 106 - 2996

All participants (with or without contribution) will be asked to pay a conference fee of 20 EUR. The fee covers the documentation of the conference and the refreshments during the coffee breaks. Undergraduate students and unemployed scholars will pay a reduced fee of 10 EUR. The conference fee can be paid upon arrival.

Further information can be found at:

To obtain a list of hotels offering special rates please get in touch with the organizers.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Job (University of Bielefeld) and Dr. Wiltrud Mihatsch (University of Bielefeld)
Faculty of Linguistics and Literature
For further information please contact :
Dr. Wiltrud Mihatsch
Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft
Universität Bielefeld
Postfach 100131
D-33501 Bielefeld (Germany)
fax: ++49 (0)521 106 - 2996
email: wiltrud.mihatschuni-bielefeld.de
Secretary: Evelyn Kaehler, tel ++49 (0)521 106 - 6954

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