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Full Title: Trickery, Cheating, and Deceit in Language Play

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Contact: Nancy Bell
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Meeting Description: Conveners:

Nancy Bell (Washington State University)
Michael Haugh (The University of Queensland)

Lying and other forms of deception have been focus of a number of studies in pragmatics (Dynel, 2011, forthcoming a, b; Saul, 2013; Parrett, 1994; Vincent and Castelfranchi, 1981; Vincent Marrelli, 2004). Much of this work has focused on the function of deception and pretence in communication, that is, cases where the speaker expresses something he or she believes to be false in ways that are designed to be readily obvious to the recipient (overt pretence) or less so (covert pretence/deception) (Dynel, forthcoming a, b). However, despite the potential to explore the intersection of overt and covert forms of pretence with humour (Bell, 2015; Dynel, forthcoming a, b), there have only been a limited number of studies exploring the role of various forms of deception and pretence in playful discourse (e.g. Dynel, 2009; Haddington, 2011; Haugh, 2016). The aim of this panel is thus to bring together an international group of scholars to explore the ways in which trickery, cheating, and various other forms of deception and pretence arise and function in and around playful discourse. At the most basic level, we aim to examine the forms and functions of such practices: How are jocular forms of cheating and trickery constructed in interaction? What interpersonal and instrumental goals might they achieve? How do interlocutors respond to such practices? We also recognize that what counts as play, as well as what counts as deception, may vary cross-culturally or situationally, thus the panel will include contributions that illuminate sociocultural norms around playful deceptive practices. Similarly, we ask what linguistic resources are drawn on across a variety of participants and contexts in order to construct and cue that these practices are underway? How are these practices negotiated in multilingual contexts? Furthermore, although we focus on deceptions that are playful, it is well-recognized that non-serious language also works to achieve serious, instrumental goals, and so the functions of ostensibly non-serious forms of deceptive pretence will also be considered.

As there as yet no established research group working in this area we anticipate this panel will attract a diverse range of researchers in order to represent a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including (im)politeness theory, language socialization, interactional sociolinguistics, and conversation analysis.
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics
LL Issue: 27.3103

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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