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Full Title: The Pragmatics of Negation – Aspects of Communication

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Start Date: 31-May-2017 - 02-Jun-2017
Contact: Malin Roitman
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: An international conference Pragmatics of Negation Aspects of Communication will take place in Stockholm from May 31 to June 2, 2017. The meeting is organized by the Department of Romance studies and Classics at Stockholm University in the period 31 May - 2 June. 2017. Conference languages will be English, French and Spanish, but we also welcome presentations on negation in other languages. The theme Pragmatics of Negation has been the subject of two research panels at the International Pragmatic Association’s (IPRA) international conference (2011 and in 2013). The second panel resulted in a collective volume that will appear in the beginning of 2017 (Roitman (eds), forthcoming).

Negation is one of the uncontested language universals. It is among the most complex, phenomena of human languages. The structural expressions of negation and negative functions are connected to all language levels; it has been studied in different linguistic domains, in pragmatics not the least.

The pragmatics of negation, which is actually one of the most privileged areas for negation studies, involves how we use and interpret different forms of negation in communication. What meanings do forms of negation generate in different contexts? The conference will also promote studies on how negative meanings are created in specific contexts: what linguistic forms and figures, other than negation lexica, may generate negative meanings?

The theme of the conference relates back to the asymmetric postulate of negative sentences as non-equivalent to inverted assertions, but an operator that carries more complex structures, on a syntactical, lexical and semantic level. Arguments for negation being essentially different from assertions have been presented in studies on negation’s relation to negative polarity item, to quantifiers, to scalar words, on the unequal reference ability (of negations and assertions) and on the fact that the interpretation of negatives is a cognitively demanding process. Probably because of these mentioned factors, negation generally constitutes a marked item in discourse; negatives break with the expectations in the context and also hint a subjacent positive counterpart. Meanings of negations therefore gain from being analysed by taking into account criteria that go beyond the formal linguistic aspects of language and take into consideration the communicative situation and the interplay between the interlocutors involved in the interaction.

The focus of the conference will be on corpus driven studies where the connection is made between the use, meanings and forms of negation in relation to genre, in a broad sense of social and cultural activity.

Plenary Speakers:

Bonnie Fonseca (University of Louisville)
Pierre Larrivé (Université de Caen, Normandie Université)
María Marta Garcia Negroni’s (Universidad de San Andrés – Universidad de Buenos Aires)
Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (Manchester University)
Henning Nolke (Århus Univercity)
Rachel Giora (University of Tel Aviv)
Barbara Kaup (University of Tübingen)​

Organization Committee:

Malin Roitman
Françoise Sullet-Nylander
Klara Arvidsson

Scientific Committee:

Camilla Bardel (Stockholms universitet)
María Bernal (Stockholms universitet)
Östen Dahl (Stockholms universitet)
Lars Fant (Stockholms universitet)
Fanny Forsberg Lundell (Stockholms universitet)
Mats Forsgren (Stockholms universitet)
Tomas Johnen (Stockholms universitet)
Hans Kronning (Uppsala universitet)
Pierre Larrivé (Université de Caen)
Matti Miestamo (Helsingfors universitet)
Maj-Britt Mosegaard-Hansen, (Manchester University)
Claude Muller (Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux 3)
Franck Neveu (Université de Caen, Crisco)
Malin Roitman (Stockholms universitet)
Francoise Sullet-Nylander (Stockholms universitet)
Ljuba Vasilijeva (Stockholms universitet)
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 28.88

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