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FYI: Call for papers: Panel at the 18th IPrA, The Cross-Cultural Pragmatics of Language and Politics

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Date: 05-Aug-2022
From: Puyu Ning <>
Subject: Call for papers: Panel at the 18th IPrA, The Cross-Cultural Pragmatics of Language and Politics
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Colleagues are warmly welcome to submit abstracts for the panel described below, to be held at the next IPrA conferences in Brussels, Belgium, 9-14 July 2023 (

Authors with interest should send their abstracts, formatted according to IPrA guidelines, to Daniel Kadar by email at The deadline for abstract submission 1 October 2022.

Panel: The Cross-Cultural Pragmatics of Language and Politics

Organised by Dániel Z. Kádár and Juliane House

Discussant: Zohar Kampf

The aim of this panel is to provide a platform for engaging in cross-cultural pragmatic research in the area of language and politics.
The organisers of this panel recently argued (see House and Kádár 2022: 132) that language and politics is an emotively and ideologically loaded area. Because of this, it is important for the analyst to attempt to leave behind personal sympathies and antipathies, ideological presumptions, etc. in the study of political language use. Contrastive cross-cultural pragmatics offers itself as a particularly useful field for the study of political language use. This is due to the contrastive take of cross-cultural pragmatics, which allows researchers to relativise both their own viewpoints and the phenomena they set out to investigate. Cross-cultural pragmatics also enables more anti-essentialist and non-ethnocentric interpretations of instances of political language use.

Our goal in the proposed panel is to capitalise on the above-outlined strength of cross-cultural pragmatics and bring together high-calibre scholars who have worked on language and politics. The goal of the panel is not only to compare political language use in a wide range of linguacultures, including typologically distant ones (e.g. German–Japanese, English–Chinese, etc.), but also to extend contrastive explorations onto the comparative analysis of various genres and modes of communication of political language use. We hope that the panel will not only open new vistas of pragmatic research on language and politics but also provide new synergies between scholars working on pragmatics and other areas such as discourse analysis, communication studies, and media. To achieve this objective, we intend to advertise the proposed panel both on Linguistlist and mailing lists of other academic communities.

The proposed panel will be open to experts of any language and culture. The presentations are expected to take 18 minutes, which will allow us to involve Zohar Kampf as a Discussant to reflect on the talks after each session. A selection of the studies presented will be published as a journal special issue.

Speakers who confirmed participation in the panel include the following colleagues:

- Peter Bull
- Piotr Cap
- Paul Chiltron
- Anita Fetzer & Elda Weizman
- Dániel Z. Kádár & Juliane House
- Zohar Kampf
- Monika Kopytowska
- Fengguang Liu
- Samuel Obeng
- Luis Pérez-González
- Maurice Waddle

House, Juliane, and Dániel Z. Kádár. 2022. Political Language in Contrast: An Introduction. Journal of Pragmatics 188: 132-137.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

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