LINGUIST List 33.2365

Thu Jul 28 2022

Calls: Pragmatics/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 19-Jul-2022
From: Lihe Huang <>
Subject: Pragmatics in ageing: A better understanding of (a)typicality
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Full Title: Pragmatics in ageing: A better understanding of (a)typicality

Date: 09-Jul-2023 - 14-Jul-2023
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact Person: Lihe Huang
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2022

Meeting Description:

With the increasingly severe aging trend in the world, research into the features and mechanisms of elders' typical communication and disorders in atypical interaction attracts growing attention, which includes both academic values and practical implications. The 18th International Pragmatics Conference has its special theme “The shape of interaction: the pragmatics of (a)typicality”, the (a)typical pragmatic interaction in ageing is an important relevant topic.

Change of linguistic performance is the direct and external manifestation of elders' physiological and pathological ageing in daily life. Studies on ageing in language are an essential perspective for exploring (a)typical language ageing and cognitive changes in later stage of individuals. Currently, substantial development of pragmatics in ageing discourse has focused the work into a multiperspective one involving different approaches and practices. This panel focuses on the pragmatic issue in typical language use of healthy elders and atypical interaction of elders with mental diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, or other conditions. We expect linguistics to show due responsibility when encountering the challenges in the context of global ageing, and provide the necessary and timely response for a better understanding of (a)typicality of pragmatics in ageing.

The topics include but are not limited to:

- description and elaboration of pragmatic features in the (a)typical ageing process of elders
- (a)typical interaction of face-saving, identity construction, (im)politeness in the interaction of elders' daily life
- analysis of elder’ interaction in (a)typical ageing within the multimodal pragmatics framework
- comparison of speech production between healthy elders and elders with dementia, especially between the elders speaking different mother tongues
- narratives of (a)typical ageing from the social pragmatics perspective atypical linguistic detection technologies and pragmatic intervention methods for better interaction of elders

This panel encourages discussion on the previous and other related topics from various theoretical perspectives and research methods.

Call for Papers:

The above panel introduction also serves as a call for papers. If you are interested in pragmatics in ageing, please feel free to contact us and submit proposals to this panel. Please submit an abstract of your panel contribution before 25 October 2020.

The acceptance of panel contribution entirely depends on its quality. IPrA membership is required to submit an abstract and present during the conference. For other details, please refer to:

The Call for Papers page can be found here:

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