LINGUISTIC AND PSYCHOLINGUISTIC APPROACHES TO TEXT STRUCTURING
1st Call for Papers
The aim of the conference, in line with previous editions of the series, is to provide an interdisciplinary forum to present and discuss recent work on discourse structure.
From a linguistic viewpoint, the focus is often on discourse markers, such as adverbials, connectives, and discourse particles. How can we categorize them? What kind of relations do they express? Can they combine several functions at the sentence level and/or at the discourse level and, if so, which ones?
From a psycholinguistic viewpoint, important questions include what impact discourse structure markers have on comprehension. For instance, are we capable of identifying topic continuity and predicting topic changes on the basis of discourse cues? What does a topic (or theme) of discourse correspond to cognitively? From an acquisitional viewpoint, when and how are discourse markers acquired? From what age are children able to master their use in oral and written discourse?
This edition will focus on the issue of discourse management, and more specifically on topic orientation markers. As noted for example by Schourup (1999), one major issue is the question of the universality of DMs (“To what extent do all languages share a basic set of DMs with the same core pragmatic meaning?”, cf. Fraser, 1990: 395), and a possible degree of universality depending on the type of DM involved: “Fraser suggests it is likely that all languages will have DMs like and, so, and now, but he questions whether this is the case for markers like notwithstanding, well, and anyway.” (Schourup 1999: 261).
In this new edition of the LPTS conference, we thus propose a reflection on the general theme of markers and discourse coherence, and particularly on one type of DM, viz. topic shifters. Papers may for instance address the question of the existence and translatability of digressive markers, a subtype or possibly a use-type of topic shifters (Lenk 1998, Pons Bordería & Estellés Arguedas 2009), or topic orientation markers (a subtype of discourse management markers, cf. Fraser 2009).
We welcome papers using cognitive, functional and psycholinguistic approaches, based on corpora in various languages at different stages of their evolution, as well as papers that report on approaches based on behavioral data. The objective is to encourage discussion and collaboration between the approaches.
TOPICS MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
- Topic shifts, Topic orientation, Digression
- Grammaticalization and evolution of discourse markers
- Typological approaches to discourse markers
- Effects of discourse structure on comprehension
- Acquisition and mastery of discourse production
- Segmentation and linearization
- Saliency and Information Structure
- Role of text structuring devices in acquiring knowledge
- Disfluency and ‘normal’ vs ‘pathological’ discourse
Elizabeth Traugott (Stanford University)
Fernanda Ferreira (UCDavis)
Proposals will be subjected to a double, blind review and should be anonymous. They should
not exceed 1000 words (references excluded; + 3 to 5 keywords) and be submitted online via Easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lpts2018
Submission deadline: September 15th, 2017
Notification of acceptance: November 10th, 2017
Early registration deadline: December 8th, 2017
Conference: January 18th-20th, 2018.
Details about the registration procedure will be posted on the conference website shortly.
Regular fee (participants/audience): 80 euros / late registration 100 euros (after December 10th, 2017).
Students: 30 euros Students / late registration 50 euros (after December 10th, 2017).
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: English, French
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://lattice.cnrs.fr/lpts
For further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin Fagard (Lattice, CNRS, ENS & Université Paris 3, PSL & USPC)
Laure Sarda (Lattice, CNRS, ENS & Université Paris 3, PSL & USPC)
Shirley Carter-Thomas (Télécom Ecole de Management & Lattice)
Saveria Colonna (Université Paris 8 & SFL)
Michel Charolles (Université Paris 3 & Lattice)
Paul White (Université Paris 3 & Lattice)
Karin Aijmer (Göteborg)
Markus Bader (Frankfurt)
Peter Blumenthal (Köln)
Laurel Brinton (British Columbia)
Agnès Celle (Paris 7, Clillac-Arp)
Bernard Combettes (Nancy 2, ATILF)
Israel de la Fuente (Lille 3, STL)
Gabriele Diewald (Hannover)
Gaétane Dostie (Sherbrooke)
Danièle Flament-Boistrancourt (Leuven)
Kjersti Fløttum (Bergen)
Sonia Gómez-Jordana Ferary (Madrid)
Barbara Hemforth (LLF, Paris 7)
Anke Holler (Göttingen)
Anne Le Draoulec (ERSS, Toulouse 2)
Véronique Lenepveu (Caen, Crisco)
Diana Lewis (Lyon 2, DDL)
Carol Madden-Lombardi (SBRI, Inserm)
Paola Pietrandrea (Tours, LLL)
Sophie Prévost (Lattice, ENS)
Gisela Redeker (Groningen)
Hannah Rohde (Edinburgh)
Ted Sanders (Utrecht)
Sarah Schimke (Münster)
Katja Suckow (Göttingen)
Ye Tian (LLF, Paris 7)
Gudrun Vanderbauwhede (Leuven)
Denis Vigier (Lyon 2, ICAR)
Christiane von Stutterheim (Heidelberg)
Richard Waltereit (Newcastle)