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Sun Jan 29 2012

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Text/Corpus Ling, Pragmatics, Typology/Sweden

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        1.     Dylan Glynn , Modality, Corpus, Discourse

Message 1: Modality, Corpus, Discourse
Date: 29-Jan-2012
From: Dylan Glynn <dylan.glynnenglund.lu.se>
Subject: Modality, Corpus, Discourse
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Full Title: Modality, Corpus, Discourse

Date: 07-Jun-2012 - 08-Jun-2012
Location: Lund, Sweden
Contact Person: Dylan Glynn
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://person2.sol.lu.se/DylanGlynn/MCD.html

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 29-Feb-2012

Meeting Description:

Modality, Corpus, Discourse
Usage-based Methods
Epistemic Stance, Subjectivity, Evidentiality, Perspectivisation
7-8 June 2012
Lund, Sweden

Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics share a fundamental assumption - language description entails examining natural language for usage patterns. In other words, we make generalisations about how people use language. Historically, the difference has been that Discourse Analysis looked in very close detail at small samples, developing tools accordingly, and Corpus Linguistics took a more coarse grain approach to large samples, developing different analytical tools.

However, recent years have seen methodological and analytical convergence. More and more often corpus linguists are concerned with subtle semantic and pragmatic questions and more and more often discourse analysts are employing quantitative methods more typical of corpus research. This conference hopes to bring the two groups closer together, to learn from each other, on the common ground of epistemic modality.

Epistemic modality, in the broad sense, is one of the most complex linguistic phenomena. Its expression bridges and integrates lexical, morphological, syntactic, prosodic, and discursive structures in language. It is a central domain of research in Discourse Analysis and is becoming an important field in Corpus Linguistics. This conference brings together the two analytical traditions with the aims of developing usage-based methodology and explaining and describing epistemic modality.

Modality - from mental predicates and epistemic adjectives, through modal auxiliaries and infixes, grammatical voice and transitivity, to the complexities of intonation and gesticulation, crosses most traditional boundaries of language analysis. The theme of this conference is advancing methodology to better understand such complexity.

Registration fee will be 40 Euro. This will cover overheads and coffee but not lunch.

2nd Call for Papers:

Extended deadline: 29 February 2012

Abstract Submission:

The study of epistemic representation in and across all languages is welcome, as well as diachronic, variationist, contrastive and typological research. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are also welcome, the only criterion being that analysis be based upon 'found' natural language and the method employed be explicitly considered.

Abstracts of 500 words in total are solicited. Each abstract must include:

- A statement of the research question or hypothesis
- An explanation of the method of analysis
- A description of the data examined
- A summary of the results/expected results
- A list of the principal references
- 3 to 5 keywords

Abstracts should be in .txt, .odt or .doc format and be anonymous.

Submission deadline is 29 February 2012.

Submissions should be made at:


Proposals for theme sessions should email ModalityCorpusDiscoursegmail.com.

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