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Call for Papers: The Workshop on Pragmatic Markers in Asian Languages (April 30, 2010)


Dear Sir or Madam,

The Workshop on Pragmatic Markers in Asian Languages is a
pre-Conference workshop of the 4th Conference on Language, Discourse
and Cognition (CLDC 2010). Abstract submissions are currently being
accepted for this workshop. We would appreciate your kind assistance
in forwarding the call-for-paper information below to any individuals
or other departments or research institutes that may be interested in
this information.

Thank you!

The CLDC 2010 Organizing Committee
cldc2010 at ntu dot edu dot tw

CLDC2010 &

its pre-conference workshop






Workshop on Pragmatic Markers in Asian Languages

April 30, 2010
National Taiwan University
A pre-conference workshop of The 4th Conference on Language, Discourse and Cognition (CLDC 2010)

Call for Papers
Call Deadline: February 15, 2010

Workshop Discussants
Elizabeth Traugott (Stanford University)
Yoshihiko Ikegami (University of Tokyo; Showa Women’s University)
Chinfa Lien (National Tsing Hua University)

There has been much work on pragmatic markers over the years, not only in Indo-European languages, but also in a number of Asian languages, in particular Japanese (e.g. Fujii 2000; Matsui 2000; Suzuki 2000; Onodera 2002). However, more work needs to be done to include a wider range of languages spoken within the Asian continent and the islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Previous works have often focused on sentence final particles and sentence-initial discourse markers (e.g. Wu 2003), yet languages have various other pragmatic marking strategies as well (e.g. Englebretson 2003, 2007), including the use of stand-alone nominalization constructions to express mirativity or speaker surprise and unexpectedness (e.g. DeLancey 1997; Noonan 1997; Grunow-Harsta, in press; Kaufman, in press). More work need to be done to identify under-reported strategies by which languages convey speaker stance such as mood, attitude, and perspective. Some recent works have focused on evidentials, particularly in Tibeto-Burman languages (see the special issue on evidentiality guest-edited by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald in Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, volume 30, issue 2). A number of recent works have further focused on finer calibrations of stance that have evolved from inherent distinctions within the deictic system of individual languages (e.g. Abui; see Kratochvil, in press); more work is needed to identify how robust such calibrated systems might be. Many more interesting questions remain to be investigated. To this end, we invite abstracts on original topics dealing with pragmatic markers in any Asian language. Possible topics include but are not restricted to:

- analyses of epistemic, evidential and attitudinal markers of individual languages
- comparisons of pragmatic markers across different languages
- typology of epistemic/evidential systems within specific language families
- interactional analysis of pragmatic markers in narratives, colloquial conversations, as well as more formal public and workplace discourse
- diachronic development or grammaticalization of pragmatic markers
- anthropological studies of pragmatic markers in less studied languages

CLDC 2010
(The 4th Conference on Language, Discourse and Cognition)
Taipei, May 1-2, 2010