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Tue Sep 19 2023

Calls: Common Ground in Linguistics: From its Construction to its Role in Mapping Meaning

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Date: 18-Sep-2023
From: Agnes Leroux <>
Subject: Common Ground in Linguistics: From its Construction to its Role in Mapping Meaning
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Full Title: Common Ground in Linguistics: From its Construction to its Role in Mapping Meaning
Short Title: PLS7

Date: 24-Apr-2024 - 26-Apr-2024
Location: Paris Nanterre, France
Contact Person: Agnès Leroux
Meeting Email: [email protected]
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2023

Meeting Description:

The CREA in Paris Nanterre University and the GReMLIN (research group in linguistics) are happy to announce that the following conference will be held in NAnterre University:

Although the concept of common ground permeates all branches of linguistics, its definition, role and manifestations vary according to the type of data observed and the theoretical framework used. The issues particular to this complex notion lie in the articulation of its two terms, common and ground.

⇨ Depending on the chosen theoretical framework, the term "ground" can, in a broad sense, cover the familial, social, cultural or historical context of discourse implementation (Clark 2015). It could also encompass the shared knowledge of the world, or in a narrower sense, notions of preconstruction (Culioli 1990; Talmy 1975, 2000), anchoring, topicalization, and even references to a landmark or location.
⇨ The term “common”, on the other hand, refers to the phenomenon of community, whether real or virtual, constructed in speech or pre-existing. It can also refer to sharing as well as agreement and expectation, norm and convention, stereotype, and thus of convergence and divergence, of alignment, in relation to intersubjective phenomena. The community can be based on different elements: shared imaginary (Houdebine 1982), rituals (Hanks, W. F., & Bonhomme, J. 2009), or, according to the notion of pre-discourse (Paveau, M.-A. 2006), sharing of opinions, beliefs and knowledge.

The variety of possible French equivalents for the term “common ground” (terrain d'entente, socle commun, point commun, base commune, dénominateur commun, cadre commun, etc.) illustrates the wealth of potential reflections and perspectives relating to this concept.

The 7th edition of the "Mapping Parameters of Meaning" conference aims to define the conditions of emergence or disruption of the common ground between speakers, and to study how this common ground, in turn, conditions the linguistic phenomena that characterize the different types of discourse studied.

Plenary speaker:
Laure Lansari, Université d’Amiens, France.

Scientific Committee:
Emmanuel Baumer, BCL Unice, Nice, France
Maria Candea, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France
Georgeta Cislaru, Université Paris Nanterre, France
Maureen Dunn, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Catherine Filippi, Université de Rouen, France
Isabelle Gaudy-Campbell, Université de Lorraine, France
Olivier Glain, Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Étienne, France
Lucie Gournay, Université Université de Paris Est Créteil, France
Fanny Meunier, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Raluca Nita, Université de Poitiers, France
Graham Ranger, Avignon Université, France

Final Call or Papers:

The call for communications for the Common Ground in linguistics conference, that will be held in Paris Nanterre University, has been prolonged. Candidates have up to the 1st of October to submit an abstract..

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