LINGUIST List 33.2419

Fri Aug 05 2022

Calls: Pragmatics/Italy

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 22-Jul-2022
From: Fabrizio Gallai <>
Subject: The Application of Relevance Theory to Translation and Interpreting: Perspectives on Practice and Research
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Full Title: The Application of Relevance Theory to Translation and Interpreting: Perspectives on Practice and Research
Short Title: ARTTI

Date: 09-Feb-2023 - 10-Feb-2023
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact Person: Fabrizio Gallai
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2022

Meeting Description:

If we assume that the purpose of translation and interpreting is communication, and the work of professionals in this field is underpinned by linguistic and cognitive abilities, then an appropriate pragmatic framework for capturing these communicative acts must relate these activities to the mental processes a communicator and his audience engage in. It is no surprise, then, that over the past three decades Relevance Theory has become the most influential cognitive-pragmatic approach within translation and interpreting studies.

Building on the work of Paul Grice (1961, 1989), Sperber and Wilson (1986/1995, 1987) have proposed a relevance-theoretic account of human communication, which is opposed to the classical code model. Their model offers an additional dimension to the analysis of interlingual communication as it aims to explain both how humans understand the world (cognition) and how we convey thoughts and understand each other (communication).

Almost forty years have gone by since the publication of the Postface to Relevance: Communication and Cognition (2nd ed.), in which Sperber and Wilson (1995, 278) express their hope that novel studies “will lead to revisions, new insights, and, perhaps more important, new problems to investigate.” Around that time, Gutt’s (1990, 1991) analysis of translation from a relevance theoretical prospective was emerging, and has since then provoked a flood of research. This research – now also encompassing interpreting - has witnessed a steady departure from theoretical studies in favour of implementing various types of empirical research in order to gain further insight into the process of interlingual communication.

So, Relevance Theory has enjoyed increasing popularity in translation and interpreting studies, both in Europe and around the world. However, it has sometimes also been misapplied. This mostly happens when it is presented as a training method to ‘correctly’ derive the intended message, or when the analysis fails to consider the special nature of interlingual communication.
The goal of this conference is to provide researcher from national and international institutions working within the field of Relevance-theoretic pragmatics and translation and interpreting studies, with an intellectually stimulating environment in which to discuss their current research, present findings and highlight current problems. To this end, we will devide the conference into two days:

- Day 1 focuses on how the application of the theory has shed light on key issues in Translation;
- Day 2 focuses on how the application of the theory has shed light on key issues in Interpreting.

A key aim is to encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas and differing approaches to and frameworks for analysis. The discussion will reflect synchronous processes of dynamic expansion and emerging realignment within core areas of Relevance Theory-informed studies on translation and interpreting, as the reality that we attempt to capture both changes and yet in some ways remains the same. In particular, we hope that papers will bring a variety of data types and methods, and new findings into RT research, thus providing a good cross- section of the field at present and demonstrating the broad scope and vigour of this domain at this point in its evolution. Lastly, we will explore future avenues, with a view to sparking a debate and further investigations.

Call for Papers:

- First Call for papers: 16 July 2022
- Submission deadline: 15 October 2022
- Deadline for notification of participation: 15 November 2022
- Conference registration deadline: 30 January 2023
- Conference (with the possibility of online or in-person attendance): 9-10 February 2023

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