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LINGUIST List 20.3900

Fri Nov 13 2009

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/Lithuania

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        1.    Olga Dontcheva-Navratilova, Coherence in Spoken and Written Academic Discourse

Message 1: Coherence in Spoken and Written Academic Discourse
Date: 12-Nov-2009
From: Olga Dontcheva-Navratilova <navratilovaped.muni.cz>
Subject: Coherence in Spoken and Written Academic Discourse
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Full Title: Coherence in Spoken and Written Academic Discourse
Short Title: CAD

Date: 02-Sep-2010 - 05-Sep-2010
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Contact Person: Olga Dontcheva-Navratilova
Meeting Email: navratilovaped.muni.cz

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 13-Nov-2009

Meeting Description:

Workshop 'CAD: Coherence relations in spoken and written academic discourse'
within the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europea (SLE),
Vilnius University, Lithuania, 2-5 September 2010

Call for Papers

Workshop within SLE
Coherence in Spoken and Written Academic Discourse

Renata Povolná, Masaryk University, Brno
Olga Dontcheva-Navratilova, Masaryk University, Brno

Within the framework of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica
Europea held at Vilnius University, Lithuania, we would like to propose a
workshop on aspects of coherence in spoken and written academic discourse.
Coherence has been for a long time a topic of intense debate in the
international linguistic community. In recent years it has been possible to
witness a considerable shift in the ways coherence is understood, namely a shift
from a static text-based descriptive approach, according to which coherence is
the product of textual connectivity and cohesion, to a more dynamic
understanding, according to which coherence is conceptualized as a potentially
variable cooperative achievement of the speaker/writer and the hearer/reader and
can be seen as context-dependent, hearer/reader-oriented and
comprehension-based, interpretative notion (Bublitz 1999, Seidlhofer and
Widdowson 1997).

This approach stresses the collaborative nature of coherence (Tanskanen 2006:
170) and the dependence of discourse interpretation on the entire situational
context, i.e. the linguistic co-text, the social and cultural environment,
communicative principles and conversational maxims, and the interpreter's
encyclopedic knowledge, serving to underscore that the deriving of coherence
from a discourse is a dynamic process which comes into being in the process of
human interaction (Tárnyiková 2002: 56). Since English has become the "lingua
franca" of the modern academic world, the conceptualization of coherence and
research into coherence relations and related cohesion strategies in spoken and
written academic discourse is considered relevant from a discourse analytical,
socio-critical and pedagogical perspective. Interaction in academic discourse is
governed by the effort of the speakers/writers to present the results of their
research and persuade the listeners/readers to accept their claims and
viewpoint, while relating their work to previous research (Hyland 2005).

The proposed workshop is intended to bring together researchers whose works bear
on topics related to aspects of coherence on the ideational, interpersonal and
textual planes of academic discourse. One of the main goals of the workshop is
to explore variation in coherence relations across different spoken and written
academic genres. An additional aim of the workshop is to consider how coherence
is achieved in non-native speaker's academic discourse.

Among the issues proposed to be addressed in this workshop are:

- Coherence relations, such as contrast/concession, result/inference,
cause-effect, etc.
- Reference strategies
- Stance markers
- Lexical cohesion
- Theme-rheme development
- Explicit and implicit signals of discourse organization

Bublitz, Wolfram (1997) "Introduction: Views on Coherence." In Coherence in
Spoken and Written Discourse, edited by Bublitz, Wolfram, Uta Lenk and Elija
Ventola, Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 1-7
Hyland, Ken (2005) Metadiscourse. London/New York: Continuum
Seidlhofer, Barbara and Henry G. Widdowson (1997) "Coherence in Summary: The
Contexts of Appropriate Discourse." In Coherence in spoken and written
discourse, edited by edited by Bublitz, Wolfram, Uta Lenk and Elija Ventola,
Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 205-219
Tanskanen, Sanna-Kaisa (2006) Collaborating towards Coiherence. Amsterdam/
Philadelphia: John Benjamins
Tárnyiková, Jarmila (2002) From Text to Texture. An Introduction to Processing
Strategies, Olomouc: Palacky University Olomouc

Important Dates:
- Submission of name and topic: November 13th 2009
- Notification of acceptance for Workshop proposals: by December 15th 2009
- Submission of abstract (if workshop proposal accepted): January 1st 2010
- Notification of acceptance: by March 31st 2010
- Conference: 2-5 September 2010, Vilnius, Lithuania
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