Event Date/Time: Oct 03, 2012 End Date/Time: Oct 05, 2012
Registration Date: Oct 01, 2012
Early Registration Date: Jun 15, 2012
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03 – 05 October 2012
Chair of English & General Linguistics
University of Lodz, Poland

Aim of the Conference

The aim of the conference is to provide a multilingual, international platform for exploration and exchange of research findings, perspectives, and experience in the field of discourse and conversation analysis across communicative and cultural contexts. The event will bring together academics, researchers, practitioners, and students concerned with the analysis of language in use. Special emphasis will be given to empirical research on manifestation of mental representations in interaction.

We invite papers on all topics related to how mental representations get surfaced, performed, and accomplished in interactional contexts including, but not limited to:

 Goals, intentions and commitments in communication
 Non-linguistic interaction in communication
 Gestures as a communicative system
 Natural language understanding and reasoning in spoken language
 Multimodal interaction
 Meaning in institutional contexts
 Interaction in a foreign language
 Identities as discursive-performative / multiple / fragmented / constructed and negotiated / narrated / etc.
 Categorization and personal identity
 Construal of meaning
 Identity and bilingualism
 Identity and foreign language learning/teaching
 Identity and belonging
 Discourse analysis
 Conversation analysis

Plenary speakers (confirmed)

Prof. Alan Cienki Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Prof. Anna Cieślicka Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
Prof. Jean-Rémi Lapaire University of Bordeaux, France
Prof. Sue Widdicombe University of Edinburgh, UK
Prof. Robin Wooffitt University of York, UK

300 word abstracts should be submitted by JUNE 15, 2012. Abstracts should be registered via the web page www.filolog.uni.lodz.pl/action/form_registration.php

Only plain text will be accepted by the web page, so abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline).
The length of the presentation will be limited to 20 minutes with a 10 minute discussion following each.

Selected conference papers will be eligible (subject to conditions) for publication with Peter Lang

Organising Committee

Kamila Ciepiela (Chair)
Janusz Badio (Chair)
Edward Lowczowski (secretary)

Venue: Lodz University Conference Centre
Address: ul. Kopcińskiego 16-18, 90 -232 Łódź

15 June 2012, abstracts due
30 June 2012, notification of acceptance
30 September 2012, all conference fees due
15 September 2012, final program
03 – 05 October 2012 conference


Conference fees (include conference registration conference materials booklet of abstracts
coffee breaks with coffee, tea, juice and biscuits)

Standard registration fee - 150 EUR.
Standard registration for participants from Poland – 500 PLN
PhD Students – 120 EUR
PhD students from Poland – 400 PLN
Payment on arrival - extra charge - 50 PLN

Polish and foreign doctoral and M. A. students expecting a discount (see above) must have an appropriate certificate to present to the organizers.

All participants are asked to register for the conference using a registration form at http://www.filolog.uni.lodz.pl/action Participants without a paper are asked to register with their affiliation details.

Bank account
(!!! Please have the bank mark TAI 2012 in the first line in your transfer along with your name)
ul. Piotrkowska 270, 90-361 Lodz
ACCOUNT No:14124030281111001004347782
IBAN: PL14124030281111001004347782
Note: The regular procedure for Polish institutions is to issue an invoice on receipt of the registration fee. Therefore we will not be in a position to send you an invoice before your fee has been registered at the conference account. You can collect the invoice in person or we can send it to you via the postal service, in which case, please remember to give complete, detailed information about the institution entitled to receive the invoice.
When the invoice is issued, it will be made out to the title of the account used for payment. Therefore, if you want to have the invoice issued for your home institution, you must have the payment transferred from your institution account. If you do it from your personal account, the invoice will be issued with your name on it, not the name of your institution.

Venue and accommodation

The venue of the conference is the University Conference Centre in Łódź, Kopcińskiego 16/18 (www.csk.uni.lodz.pl). The organizers have reserved enough rooms for their guests, so there is no need to contact the hotel (Conference Centre) about reservation. The venue offers conference facilities, accommodation and meals on the premises. It is conveniently situated near the city centre, with easy access from the airport, train and bus stations. If you need assistance in planning your journey, please contact us at: jbadio@uni.lodz.pl


Please view railway info at http://rozklad-pkp.pl/?q=en/node/143
Łódź is also accessible by plane, although the local airport has a limited number of flights (mainly low-cost airlines). Among others it has a regular service to London (Stansted), Birmingham, UK and Israel.
General guidelines: due to rebuilding of Łódź Fabryczna Railway Station, trains from Warsaw and Cracow stop at Łódź Widzew Station or Łódź Kaliska Station.
Please view railway info at http://rozklad-pkp.pl/?q=en/node/143
Transport from Warsaw:
• The easiest way to travel from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Łódź is by train. Trains from Warsaw to Łódź are fast and frequent, but they need to be taken from the centre of Warsaw. There is a direct bus connection between Warsaw Airport and Warsaw Central Railway Station, called Warsaw Airport Transfer.
• The journey from Warsaw Central Railway Station to Łódź Widzew Station or Łódź Kaliska Station lasts approximately 2 hours and 2 hours 30 minutes respectively.
• To reach the University of Łódź Conference Centre, it is best to take a taxi. Taxi fare from both railway stations in Łódź should be around 25 PLN.
Tourist information about Łódź:

Social programme

Social programme includes a guided tour of Museum of Art in Łódź – one of the best collections of modern and contemporary art to be viewed at http://www.msl.org.pl/en/index and conference dinner.

Kamila Ciepiela kciepiela@wp.pl
Janusz Badio jbadio@uni.lodz.pl