Details of upcoming events, conferences, and publications.

February 2015

Conference panel:

Chris Handy from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is convening a panel on politeness in religion at the American Association of Religion conference in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). The conference will be held in Novemeber 2015 (21 — 24). If you would be interested in joining the panel, please email Chris ( The panel will be the first of its kind at the AAR, and will include scholars working on Sanskrit, Islam, and Libyan Arabic: Contributions on the ancient world are very welcome!



Exploring (Im)politeness in Specialized and General Corpora:
Converging Methodologies and Analytic Procedures

Edited by Sukriye Ruhi and Yeşim Aksan

Corpus linguistic methods provide new avenues for (im)politeness
scholarship to reflexively evaluate its understanding of communication
and language use on the theoretical contributions of corpus
linguistics to the linguistic sciences. In this sense, this volume is
a unique contribution to (im)politeness scholarship. It aims to
showcase studies in the field that employ specialized and general
corpora, with methodologies that range from the speech act to the
discourse-analytic and conversation analytic traditions. The present
volume brings into closer contact scholarship that has hitherto
remained in relatively different streams of the scientific
investigation of (im)politeness.

A unifying theme of the chapters is that (im)politeness phenomena are
situated within the institutional and genre-specific expectations of
participants to an interaction. Each of the chapters identifies the
situatedness of (im)politeness from varying perspectives. The chapters
in the volume are sequenced from specialized to general corpora, and
simultaneously move from conversation and discourse-analytic
perspectives to contributions that address issues surrounding the
identification and extraction of (im)politeness in general corpora. In
collating the chapters of the volume, care was taken to turn a gaze to
languages that have been studied extensively in (im)politeness
scholarship (varieties of English—British English and Englishes in
Hong Kong—and Greek), and languages that are only gaining more
visibility in the field (Slovenian and Turkish).


Michael Haugh (2015). Im/politeness Implicatures. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin. 

This volume brings together two highly researched but also highly controversial concepts, those of politeness and implicature. A theory of implicature as social action and im/politeness as social practice is developed that opens up new ways of examining the relationship between them. It constitutes a fresh look at the issues involved that redresses the current imbalance between social and pragmatic accounts of im/politeness. url:

January  2015

Papers are invited for the i-mean 4 conference on “Language and Impact”, which will take place at the University of Warwick, 9-11 April 2015.
Abstract submission deadline 31st January. 

The i-mean 4 conference will address the relationship between language and impact: ‘Impact’ has become a buzz word and is increasingly used as a criterion for decisions on research policy and research funding. The impact of linguistic research has been particularly visible in a number of areas including but not limited to language variation and change, language and politics, language policy and language use, language and identity (e.g. in relation to professional identity, gender, ethnicity or age), corporate and health care discourse, leadership and  teamwork and linguistic vitality among others. The impact of the different epistemological and methodological approaches and the impact of the language of impact, however, are more rarely addressed.

I-mean 4 aims to take a critical approach to impact and examine:

·         the impact of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the development of the field and certain key topic areas (e.g. language and identity, language and culture, language and meaning),

·         the impact of sociopragmatic and discourse analytic research outside academia,

·         the impact and application of linguistic methodologies and analyses in social sciences,

·         the impact of social interaction on language change synchronically and diachronically.

For more information see:

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