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Colloque international de linguistique: « Sens dessus dessous : Réformes du service public et (contre-) discours »

Publié le 21 décembre 2020 Mis à jour le 25 janvier 2021

Colloque organisé par le Groupe GReG (EA CREA 370) et l'UMR 7114 MoDyCo


du 1 octobre 2021 au 2 octobre 2021

Bâtiment W (Max Weber)
Conférenciers invités:
  • Johannes Angermuller (Open University/EHESS)
  • Joanna Thornborrow (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)
Sophie Raineri sraineri@parisnanterre.fr

In this conference, “Dis-orders of meaning : public service reform and (counter-) discourse”, the GReG (Groupe de Recherche sur les Grammaires/ Grammar Research Group) at the University Paris Nanterre is both following up on its five earlier conferences and taking a new direction in partnership with MoDyCo Lab. We will further reflect on the mapping of linguistic parameters involved in the (re)elaboration of meaning, theorized as a dynamic linguistic activity, but what sets this conference apart is the theme selected for this session: it is socially and historically located, political and polemical, and is part of the movement of opposition to current reforms of the public service in general, and of (higher) education and research in particular, in France.

Our goal is to react to the short-term time frame of the political arena by resorting to necessarily long-term (collective) reflection, applying linguistic research to the written and spoken discourse and counter-discourse produced as part of, and in reaction to, current policies of public-service reform in France, in the English-speaking world and beyond. The key issues we will focus on are the resources, mechanisms and effects of this output. We are open to contributions focused on any language, ideally covering a broad range of discourse from every kind of medium and textual genres, including:
  • official statements / speeches
  • debate and exchange between different types of actors, such as politicians, members of the media, academics or individual citizens;
  • digital communication: web sites, web forums, social networks, Twitter posts, and so on;
  • legal writing such as draft laws, decrees, ordinances and directives;
  • expert reviews;
  • leaflets;
  • the political press;
  • any other relevant genre.

While other directions of research are not ruled out, various aspects of this general theme we would like to see developed can be organized around four related notions, the inter-relatedness of which can be an object of study as well:
  • Authority: what linguistic parameters define it? How can one differentiate between a discourse of authority, authoritative speech and authoritarian speech? What characterizes the discursive genre of expert reviews, which plays a crucial part in the law-making process? How is a decree constructed as such, linguistically speaking? What semantic representation emanates from the constant use of the word “pedagogy” (in French: “pédagogie”) in official discourse? What authority and/or authorship can counter-discourse have, and how is it constructed?
  • Intersubjectivity: What linguistic forms construct the presence or absence of the other in a speech? To what extent is the voice of the other taken into account and integrated in the co-construction of the discourse and projects under study? What strategies (prise en charge, ie commitment to an utterance, pragmatic accommodation or intersubjective modalities) can be observed in these different types of discourse?
  • Transparence/Opacity: What is the place of orthophemism, euphemism and dysphemism in the discourse and counter-discourse under discussion? To what extent do these types of discourse resort to simplification on the one hand, and/or to complexification on the other, and what linguistic devices are used to do so? Can these two strategies be used in combination? Can discourse be simplified to the point that it becomes devoid of meaning?
  • Performativity: How is the relationship between legal texts and the institutional argumentative discourse that accompanies them articulated? What speech acts, such as persuasion, promises, reassurance or explanations, are used and in what form? What forms of staging characterizethese types of discourse? What are the performative properties of counter-discourse?
(French version of the text and references provided in the full call for papers downloadable in “fichier joint”)

Call for papers
Submission deadline: February 19, 2021

We encourage the submission of all types of research papers provided they are based on authentic corpora: qualitative analyses of written texts, speeches and interactions; papers characterizing types of discourse based on specifically collected corpora; studies focusing on the meaning and usage of specific linguistic forms (time, aspect or modal markers, logical connectors, lexical or semantic neologisms, and so on). Submissions can focus on any of the dimensions of language and their interfaces (morpho-syntax, lexicology, phonetics and phonology, prosody, gesture, semantics or pragmatics) and be based on any theoretical and methodological framework, such as discourse analysis, conversational analysis, sociolinguistics, speaker-centered theory of enunciative operations, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, pragmatics, interactional socio-linguistics, or use a combined approach. Although this conference mainly aims to bring linguists together, we will also gladly welcome contributions from teams combining two or more fields, such as, but not limited to, linguistics and sociology, history, political science, and media or communication studies.

Abstracts, which can be in English or French, should be anonymized, no longer than one page (3,000 signs; examples and references included) and followed with 4 keywords, one of them specifying the linguistic domain under study.
Each proposal will be examined anonymously by two members of the scientific committee. Names of author(s) and affiliations should not be given in the abstract.
Abstracts should be sent as electronic files (Word .doc or PDF format) to both of these addresses:
sraineri@parisnanterre.fr; hchatell@parisnanterre.fr

Subject of the message
: “GReG PLS 6 Conference”

Please specify in the body of the message:
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title of paper
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Notification of acceptance: Early April 2021

Mis à jour le 25 janvier 2021