Calls: Pragmatics of English as a Lingua Franca Discourse 

Full Title: Pragmatics of English as a Lingua Franca Discourse 

Date: 09-Jun-2019 – 14-Jun-2019 
Location: Hong Kong, China 
Web Site: https://pragmatics.international/general/custom.asp?page=CfP 

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018 

Meeting Description:
Understanding Non-native Speaker Communication: Pragmatics of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) discourse 
Panel organized by Hatime Çiftçi (Bahçeşehir University) and Yasemin Bayyurt (Boğaziçi University) 
This panel will be focusing on subtleties of pragmatic features in ELF discourse, in which ELF users co-construct, negotiate, and maintain their meaning. When ELF users engage in social interaction, they indeed contribute to variations in ELF discourse (Mauranen, 2018) by employing various pragmatic strategies (e.g., repetitions, paraphrasing, code-switching, idioms, etc.) and displaying a high level of interactional and pragmatic competence (Jenkins et al., 2011) to keep communication on. Examining language use in ELF discourse, the panel thus focuses on micro-pragmatic or macro-pragmatic aspects of ELF discourse in alignment with the contributors.

Call for Papers: 

The potential panel participants are expected to focus on qualitative, quantitative, mixed, corpus-based, and/or textual analysis of focal pragmatic features in either face-to-face or online communication where ELF interactions take place. In terms of ELF domains, studies may analyze instances of ELF discourse in business/workplace, academic, family, and other relevant settings. We welcome papers that explore mainly but not only on the following research questions: 

(1) How do ELF users construct and sustain mutual understanding and intelligibility in such interactions?  
(2) What pragmatic strategies do they utilize to do so? And how?  
(3) How does their use of pragmatic strategies help construct discourse-level meaning, such as identity, stance, resistance, (inter)subjectivity, and more?  

Other relevant aspects pertaining to pragmatics of ELF discourse might include pragmatic creativity, discourse markers, multilingual resources with pragmatic functions, as well as power dynamics. Additionally, studies on sociopragmatic understanding of ELF users regarding social factors (e.g., social status and distance) and/or relevant attitudes are of great importance in this panel. The concluding discussion will identify intersecting ideas across studies highlighting the similarities and differences between domains of ELF discourse and modes (face-to-face or online) being investigated in relation to pragmatics. This panel aims to have an impact on ELF research while specifically delineating pragmatics of ELF discourse for a further understanding of nonnative communication in its own right.     

If you wish to contribute to our panel, please send your abstracts (min. 250, max 500 words) via both of the mails hatime.ciftcies.bau.edu.tr (Hatime Çiftçi) and bayyurtyboun.edu.tr (Yasemin Bayyurt), and via the conference website: https://pragmatics.international/general/custom.asp?page=CfP by October 15, 2018.

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