Venue: University of Central Lancashire

Location: Preston, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Nov 14, 2003 End Date/Time: Nov 16, 2003
Registration Date: Nov 13, 2003
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This is the 6th annual conference organised under the aegis of the North West Centre for Linguistics. It is being held in Preston, hosted by the University of Central Lancashire, and addresses the interface between prosody and pragmatics. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a Special Issue of the Journal of Pragmatics.

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:
·Conversational interaction
·Speech and emotion
·Intonation and text, discourse markers
·Focus, Prominence, Reference assignment
·Clinical and pedagogical applications
·Intonational meaning, illocution


Preston, Lancashire
United Kingdom

Additional Information

The keynote speakers are internationally renowned researchers in prosody and pragmatics from different points of view including Relevance Theory, Conversation Analysis, discourse and processing, intonational phonology and speech technology. Wallace Chafe, University of California, Santa Barbara Carlos Gussenhoven, University of Nijmegen Jill House, University College London John Local, University of York Deirdre Wilson, University College London Conference Fees No VAT is charged on conference fees. Total package £185, this includes: All conference documentation, lunch and refreshment breaks throughout the conference. Conference Dinner on Friday 14th November. Conference only rate £160, this includes: All conference documentation, lunch and refreshment breaks throughout the conference.