6th NWCL International Conference - PROSODY AND PRAGMATICS (PROSODY AND PRAGMATI)
|Event Date/Time: Nov 14, 2003||End Date/Time: Nov 16, 2003|
|Registration Date: Nov 13, 2003|
The contribution of prosody to pragmatic meaning is undisputed, but in practice the two disciplines of pragmatics and prosody rarely meet. On the whole, those working in speech tend to pay only limited attention to communicative processes, while those working on the social and cognitive processes involved in communication have either avoided prosody altogether or approached it in a fairly informal way.
We feel now that research in discourse and pragmatics has recognised the need to take account of prosodic phenomena, and that research in prosody, while still focussing necessarily on developing formal models, has begun to interface with other disciplines. There are many phenomena where research in pragmatics feeds into research in prosody and vice versa – for example, focus and information structure, questions about processing units and the identification of an utterance, the communication of attitudes and emotions, constraints on implicatures. The interface between prosody and pragmatics is thus a rich area of research, and this conference will give it the attention it deserves.
A wide range of phenomena from both disciplines will be addressed by invited keynote speakers and in around 60 oral presentations.
The areas covered by the conference will include:
·Speech and emotion
·Intonation and text, discourse markers
·Focus, Prominence, Reference assignment
·Clinical and pedagogical applications
·Intonational meaning, illocution