[Corpora-List] CfP: Pre-conference Workshop at ICAME 39 - Discourse Markers in the Outer and Expanding Circles: A Corpus-linguistic Perspective

Sofia Rüdiger sofia.ruediger at googlemail.com
Tue Nov 7 11:57:12 CET 2017

Call for papers

Pre-conference workshop at ICAME 39 in Tampere/Finland; Wednesday, 30 May 2018

*Discourse Markers in the Outer and Expanding Circles: A Corpus-linguistic Perspective*

Convenors: Sven Leuckert (TU Dresden) and Sofia Rüdiger (University of Bayreuth)

Conference Website: http://www.uta.fi/ltl/en/ICAME2018/programme/workshops.html

Discourse markers, generally defined as “sequentially dependent elements which bracket units of talk” (Schiffrin 1987: 31), have been studied extensively with regard to their diachronic development (Traugott 2016), their function(s) in spoken discourse (Pichler 2013), and as features resulting from language contact (e.g. *lah *in Singapore English, cf. Kwan-Terry 1992; Wong 2004). Discourse markers may express epistemic and interpersonal stance (Tan 2010), but they can also be reflections of social rank (Fischer 1998; Lutzky 2012). While some research has been carried out on the use and origins of discourse markers in L2 varieties (e.g. Valentine 1991; De Klerk 2005; Lange 2012; Amador-Moreno, McCafferty & Vaughan 2015; Gilquin 2016), much work needs to be done in order to fully understand the functions and origins of discourse markers in the Outer and Expanding Circles. This concerns not only the syntactic and discourse-pragmatic constraints which affect discourse markers, but also the potential social implications of discourse marker usage. In the wake of more and more spoken (learner) corpora being available for research, corpus-linguistic perspectives may shed new light on the study of discourse markers. For this reason, the workshop addresses the following questions:

- which roles do discourse markers play in the Outer and Expanding

Circles and what can they tell us about (a) proficiency, (b) cultural and

social aspects, (c) the impact of language contact, and (d) variety status

(Schneider 2007; Buschfeld 2013);

- how can we systematically assess and statistically evaluate the forms

and functions of discourse markers (in particular in learner corpora);

- how does register affect the usage of discourse markers in the Outer

and Expanding Circles and do speakers in these circles only employ

discourse markers in spoken interaction or also in computer-mediated

communication and other forms of mediated language;

- in which ways do sociolinguistic variables such as age, gender, and

ethnicity affect the use of discourse markers by L2 and L3 speakers?

*Call for papers *

We invite the submission of abstracts for full papers. Proposed topics include, but are not limited to, the various issues mentioned in the workshop description. Abstracts of 400-500 words, excluding references, should be submitted in pdf-format by email to sven.leuckert at tu-dresden.de *and *to sofia.ruediger at uni-bayreuth.de. The deadline for abstract submission is *15 December 2017*.

Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end of December.

*References *

Amador-Moreno, C. P., K. McCafferty & E. Vaughan (eds.) (2015). *Pragmatic Markers in Irish English*. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Buschfeld, S. (2013). *English in Cyprus or Cyprus English*. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

De Klerk, V. (2005). “The use of *actually *in spoken Xhosa English: a corpus study.” *World Englishes *24(3): 275-288.

Fischer, K. (1998). *A Cognitive Lexical Pragmatic Approach to the Functional Polysemy of Discourse Particles*. PhD dissertation, Universität Bielefeld.

Gilquin, G. (2016). “Discourse markers in L2 English: From classroom to naturalistic input.” *New Approaches to English Linguistics: Building Bridges*. Eds. O. Timofeeva, S. Chevalier, A.-C. Gardner & A. Honkapohja. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 213-249.

Kwan-Terry, A. (1992). “Towards a dictionary of Singapore English: issues relating to making entries for particles in Singapore English.” *Words in a Cultural Context*. Ed. Anne Pakir. Singapore: Unipress, 62-72.

Lange, C. (2012). *The Syntax of Spoken Indian English*. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Lutzky, U. (2012). *Discourse Markers in Early Modern English*. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Pichler, H. (2013). *The Structure of Discourse-Pragmatic Variation*. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Schiffrin, D. (1987). *Discourse Markers*. Cambridge: CUP.

Schneider, E. W. (2007). *Postcolonial English. Varieties around the World*. Cambridge: CUP.

Tan, A. (2010). “*Right *in Singapore English.” *World Englishes *29(2): 234-256.

Traugott, E. C. (2016). “On the rise of types of clause-final pragmatic markers in English.” *Journal of Historical Pragmatics *17(1): 26-54.

Valentine, T. M. (1991). “Getting the message across: discourse markers in Indian English.” *World Englishes *10(3): 325-334. Wong, J. (2004). “The particles of Singapore English: a semantic and cultural interpretation.” *Journal of Pragmatics* 36: 739-793.

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