The Institute for Language and Communication of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) invites researchers on discourse markers in Romance languages to submit contributions for the 5th International Conference Discourse Markers in Romance Languages: Boundaries and Interfaces, which will be held on 8-10 November 2017, in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).
The Conference is one of a series of conferences on discourse markers in Romance languages (Madrid, 2010; Buenos Aires, 2011; Campinas, 2012; Heidelberg 2015) and aims to build on the previous events. The conference serves as a platform for internationally renowned linguists and young researchers alike to exchange views and ideas and to broaden their research perspectives. This year’s theme will specifically question issues of categorization and boundaries of the class of discourse markers. In this respect, discourse markers studies invite to further investigate the interfaces between several levels of linguistic analysis (Prosody, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse).
With special reference to discourse marker research, the conference will be an opportunity to look at the findings provided so far by theoretical and applied linguistics and related disciplines.
The following plenary speakers have already confirmed their attendance:
Prof. Maria-Josep Cuenca, Universitat de València: Contrastive markers in contrast in Spanish and Catalan
Dr. Amália Mendes, Universidade de Lisboa: Lexicographic applications of discourse markers in Portuguese
Prof. Jacqueline Visconti, Università degli Studi di Genova: On the diachrony of discourse markers, with a focus on Italian
Prof. Sandrine Zufferey, Université de Berne: The acquisition and processing of French causal discourse markers
We welcome abstracts for papers and posters on any theoretical, empirical or applied topic related to discourse markers, including (but not restricted to):
- definition of the discourse marker category;
- lexicons of discourse markers;
- discourse markers and their relation to other pragmatic categories;
- syntax-prosody-discourse interface;
- sociolinguistic approaches to discourse markers;
- variation of discourse markers across registers, languages and language varieties;
- translation studies;
- L1 and L2 acquisition of discourse markers;
- diachronic studies;
- experimental studies;
- corpus-based and computational studies;
- applied studies (business language, legal discourse, educational settings, etc.).
30 April 2017: EXTENDED deadline for abstract submission
15 June 2017: Notification of acceptance
8 – 10 November 2017: Conference dates
Due to a technical delay, registration will only be possible from 1 August, 2017.
With 63 accepted oral presentations and 15 posters, our provisional program is ready and available here.