Call for abstracts

Historical (Im)Politeness Research

Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University)
Dániel Z. Kádár (Research Institute for Linguistics, H.A.S.)

In recent years much research has been undertaken on both linguistic politeness and historical pragmatics. A regrettable fact is, however, that few forums have been created where politeness theorists and experts in historical pragmatics can exchange views on the possible application of politeness 'theories' to historical data. Moreover, not only has historical data rarely been the focus of politeness analyses and discussions, but its potential for shaping our understanding of politeness has not been fully appreciated. The merging of politeness research and historical pragmatics can benefit both sides: historical pragmatic research can benefit from moving away from more 'traditional' politeness theories when analysing historical data; politeness research can benefit from a diachronic perspective. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce our forthcoming panel Historical (Im)Politeness Research, which will be organised in the frame of the 4th International Symposium on Politeness 'East Meets West', Budapest, 2007. This groundbreaking panel will be an open forum where experts can meet, form new acquaintances and interdisciplinary working groups, and raise and discuss both methodological and theoretical issues. It should be emphasised that ours is an open panel, that is, we cordially invite and encourage every colleague who is interested in the topic of the panel to submit her/his abstracts to us.

The selection of abstracts will be made on the basis of quality and relatedness to the topic and objectives of the panel. We ask for 'long' abstracts, that is, the submitted abstracts should be up to 800 words long, and the authors of the abstracts are expected to provide an overview of the goal, methodology, and data of their research. Abstracts can be submitted to us from early September; the deadline for abstract submission will be November 15, 2007. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by January 2008 or earlier.
Abstracts should be sent to both of the organisers to the following e-mail addresses:

Jonathan Culpeper
Dániel Kádár 

The organisers will publish a volume containing a selection of papers presented at the panel. This edited collection of papers is going to be published in early 2009 at the Linguistic Insights Series of the Swiss publisher Peter Lang, Berne. It should be emphasised that the volume will not be a proceedings: whilst every panel participant will be invited to submit a paper version of her/his presentation to us, the submitted papers will go through a blind peer-review process and hence will be subject of acceptance/refusal. The deadline for submitting ready papers is October 15, 2008. More information about the volume will be circulated amongst the panel participants soon after the notification of acceptance.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact with the organisers at the aforementioned e-mail addresses. Please also check this conference website for updates.