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Conference of Language, Discourse and Cognition 2010 calls for registration

Dear Sir or Madam,

The Conference of Language, Discourse and Cognition (CLDC) is an
annual conference that aims to bring together researchers interested
in discourse and cognition to exchange research findings and foster
the development of research in these areas. This year we also have a
pre-conference worshop: Workshop on Pragmatic Markers in Asian Languages

We are now calling for registration. We would appreciate your kind
assistance in forwarding the call-for-paper information below to any
individuals or other departments or research institutes who 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

The topics and abstracts of the keynote speeches are available now! Please refer to our website:



The 4th Conference on Language, Discourse and Cognition (CLDC 2010)

May 1-2, 2010
National Taiwan University

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Elizabeth Closs Traugott
Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and English, Stanford University

Dr. Yoshihiko Ikegami
Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Head of the Department of Language and Communication, Graduate School, Showa Women’s University, Japan

Dr. Chinfa Lien
Professor, Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

The 4th Conference on Language, Discourse and Cognition (CLDC 2010) will be held on May 1-2, 2010 on the main campus of National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers interested in discourse and cognition to exchange research findings and foster the development of research in these areas. We welcome contributions to all aspects of language study, with a special focus on the interface of pragmatics, semantics and syntax.

Submissions are cordially welcome in all areas related to language, discourse and cognition. Specifically, we invite abstracts including, but not limited to, the following issues:
- grammaticalization and discourse function
- subjectivity/intersubjectivity in discourse
- stance-taking in discourse
- pragmatic marker and propositional function
- the conceptual interface of syntax, semantics and pragmatics
- the relationship between language and thought
- typological perspectives on discourse structuring and functions
- metaphor, cognition and culture
- linguistic categorization
- possible pedagogical applications of the theme of the conference



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)

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