News 2014-2015

New issue of Lodz Papers in Pragmatics is out

The latest issue of the journal Lodz Papers in Pragmatics (10.2) has just been published and is available online. It features contributions by Beata Gallaher (‘Effect of gender on language performance of American speakers, Russian native speakers, and American L2 learners of Russian in a complaint situation’), Alcina Sousa (‘Gender stereotypes in media business discourse: variations in identities, contexts and cultures’), Fabienne H. Baider and Maria Constantinou (‘Language of cyber-politics: imaging/imagining communities’), Azad Mammadov (‘Deictic representations of person in media discourse’), Marta Mysakowska (‘Target’s corporate identity and its reflection in employee’s anonymous reviewes of the company’). Two book reviews conclude the volume: Piotr Cap’s Proximization: the pragmatics of symbolic distance crossing (reviewed by Malcolm MacDonald) and Marta Dynel’s Developments in linguistic humour theory (reviewed by Rachele Antonini).

Published on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

AMPRA 2014 Conference at UCLA features another ENIEDA Panel

The Second Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA 2014) was hosted by the Department of Applied Linguistics, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) from 17 to 19 October 2014. The conference programme featured several panels, including the ENIEDA Network one, entitled Multicultural spaces at work: exploring a kaleidoscope of identities in (daily) interaction. The panel consisted of three thematically inter-related sessions: ‘Identity and space in professional communication’, ‘ Identity and space in political and/or politicised discourse’ and ‘Identity and space in education practices’. The panel organisers were Dr Svetlana Kurteš (UK) and Dr Monika Kopytowska (Poland) and among the participants were Dr Alcina Sousa (Portugal), Dr Anna Ivanova (Chile), Dr Vivek Sachdeva (India), Professor Jack Barow (Japan), Professor Zohreh Eslami (USA) and Dr Noémie Waldhubel (Germany). The panel discussant was Professor Piotr Cap (Poland), who brought together the main points raised, suggesting further avenues for research and development in the area. Professor István Kecskés, President of AMPRA and the Conference co-organiser, also joined the discussion and made a very well received contribution.

Published on Friday, 07 November 2014

ENIEDA Panel at IRP International Conference in Lisbon

ENIEDA members took part in the International Conference ‘Identity: Representation and Practices’, organised by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Lisbon, Portugal (11-12 September 2014). Dr Alcina Sousa, Dr Monika Kopytowska and Dr Svetlana Kurteš convened a panel entitled ‘(In)Formig communities of practice: identity and ideology in mediated interaction (theory, practice, pedagogy)’, showcasing a representative selection of research and development work performed under the auspices of the ENIEDA Network. The panel discussed issues in identity and ideology in scientific and technical texts in the media and the way pragma-linguistic choices affect non-expert participation in computer mediated communication, as a tool which allows interactivity. Practical and pedagogical implications of these issues have also been discussed and examples of best practice suggested and contextualised. The event was an excellent networking opportunity. The conference organisers were informed about the ENIEDA Network and its activities and future collaborative avenues were explored.

Published on Saturday, 20 September 2014

Special Issue of Łódź Papers in Pragmatics

The special issue of Łódź Papers in Pragmatics (Volume 10, June 2014), co-edited by Svetlana Kurteš and Monika Kopytowska, is out. The topic that the special issue explores is ‘Communicating identities in daily interaction: theory, practice, pedagogy’ and is further introduced and elaborated in the editorial. The issue features a number of contributors, including Oleksandr Kapranov; Jonathan CliftonJesús Romero-Trillo and Caroline Chesire; Ryan Platz; Zohreh Eslami, Kim Heekyoung, Katherine Wright and Lynn Burlbaw;  and Noémie Waldhubel. The volume is concluded by a contribution of Ahmad Izadi, who reviewed Dániel Z. Kádár‘s latest book entitled Relational rituals and communication: ritual interactioin in groups (2013).

Published on Monday, 18 August 2014

6th Intercultural Pragmatics Conference hosts ENIEDA Panel

The forthcoming 6th Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication, organised by the Institute of Linguistics, University of Malta (30 May-1 June 2014), will host a special interest panel organised under the auspices of the ENIEDA Network. The panel, convened by Dr Svetlana Kurteš and Dr Monika Kopytowska, is entitled Multimodal variations of identity construction: theory, practice, pedagogy. The panel discussant was Professor István Kecskés (State University of New York at Albany, USA). Several panellists were invited to take part, including Professor Zohreh Eslami (Texas A&M University, USA), Professor Sharon Millar (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark), Professor Jala Garibova (Azerbaijan University of Languages, Azerbaijan), Dr Noémie Waldhubel (ESE e. V., Germany) and Dr Hassan Bashir (Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar), Dr Jagoda Granic (University of Split, Croatia) and Rose Clark (University of Portsmouth, UK). The panellists explored a range of topics clustering around the notion of identity, broadly defined, and how it is constructed, negotiated and communicated in daily interaction, mediated or otherwise.  Inter alia, they focused on the ideological embeddedness of identity construction and identify its cross-cultural variations, discoursal manifestations, multimodal frameworks and semiotic resources. The presentations were divided into three thematic clusters, suggesting possible innovative approaches to theory, practice and pedagogy in the area of identity studies in inter- and cross-cultural communicative contexts.

Published on Friday, 6 June 2014

ENIEDA members at the 2nd LAIC conference in Doha, Qatar

Professor Zohreh Eslami, a member of the ENIEDA International Scientific Panel,  convened an invited ENIEDA panel at the Second Annual Liberal Arts International Conference (LAIC2), organised by the Liberal Arts Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar (26-28 January 2014). The conference theme this year was (Re)Thinking Global Connectedness: Critical Perspectives on Globalisation.

Published on Sunday, 09 February 2014

Latest volume of the Łódź Papers in Pragmatics is out

Volume 9.2 (November 2013) of the Łódź Papers in Pragmatics is out, featuring a number of contributions, including the following: ‘Negotiating identities in casual argumentative conversations’ by Alejandro Parini and Luisa Granato; ‘Negotiating professional and leader identities in interviews with female Indian professionals’ by Prachee Sehgal, Dorien Van De Mieroop and Abha Chatterjee; and ‘On-record politeness in trans-cultural writer-reader communication in academic discourse: A case of a reply to article’ by Joanna Nijakowska. The volume also presents two book reviews: Chinese Discourse and Interaction: Theory and Practice, edited by Yuling Pan and Dániel Z. Kádár (reviewed by Chit Cheung Matthew Sung) and Analyzing Genres in Political Communication, edited by Piotr Cap and Urszula Okulska (reviewed by Paulina Królikowska).

Published on Sunday, 09 February 2014