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Call For Papers

edited by Piotr Cap & Iwona Plisiecka

Call for papers

Developments in Socio-Pragmatics

Call for Papers
The upcoming issue of LPP aims at presenting and discussing multiple approaches to cross-cultural communication. We welcome contributions on a wide range of subjects, such as e.g. sociolinguistic studies on biculturalism and migration, child and adult education of migrants and members of linguistic minorities, business communication, new media, as well as the communication aspect of political relations and cultural exchange. We welcome contributions on the role of pragmalinguistic differences and different conventions of speech and text genres in encounters between members of different cultures, as well as on the effects of power relations upon the forms of intercultural discourse.

Today to an even larger extent than in the past centuries, communication frequently takes place between individuals and institutions representing different national and cultural backgrounds. This has resulted in a vast body of theoretical discussions on the relation between language, culture and discourse as well as in the emergence of empirical research on intercultural encounters.

Social change, international political campaigning, linguistic minorities, intercultural pedagogy, advertising, management, corporate internal communication, tourism, youth culture and public media discourse. Contributions from empirical studies, as well as proposals related to the acquisition and teaching of cross-cultural competence are most welcome.

Deadline: 15 February
Dr. Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka (LPP editor):
Dr. Adam Bednarek, (LPP special issue guest editor)

About LPP
Lodz Papers in Pragmatics (LPP) is an international journal committed to publishing excellent research in the area of pragmatics and related disciplines focused on human communication. LPP editors understand linguistic pragmatics as research area focused on the contextual aspects of meaning, which invites interdisciplinary perspective on linguistic data and intersects traditional modules, such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, or text linguistics and discourse analysis. LPP publishes original peer-reviewed papers and review articles. It aims to provide a comprehensive perspective on today’s pragmatics, integrating diverse research from all over the world and assisting in further definition of the field.
Affiliated with University of Lodz, at the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe, the Slavic and the Anglo-Saxon tradition, LPP is uniquely suited to not only represent current research in linguistic pragmatics, but also provoke confrontation and provide a forum for discussion for researchers rooted in different schools, distant both in theory and geographic space, from Europe and beyond.

Editors for this special issue:

Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka received her MPhil in Linguistics (1993) from Trinity College, Dublin University, Ireland, and her MA (1992) in English studies and PhD (2001) in English linguistics from the University of Łódź, Poland, where she is currently affiliated. Her research interests are primarily in the nature of meaning in natural language and the relation between language and the law. She is vice-president and a founding member of the Polish Pragmatics Association. Apart from being editor of Lodz Papers in Pragmatics, she is a member of advisory board of JoSTrans, a journal of specialised translation and a member of editorial board of Comparative Legilinguistics and International Review of Pragmatics.
Dr Adam Bednarek – guest editor for Sociolinguistics – received his MA (2003) in English studies and PhD (2008) in English linguistics from the University of Łódź, Poland. He is currently affiliated at the Department of Pragmatics of the University of Lodz and the Lodz Academy of International Studies. His academic interests involve dialectology, sociolinguistics, political discourse and intercultural communication. He has published internationally on a series of issues including Canadian English, culture studies and political rhetoric.

Instruction for Authors
1.Submissions should be made electronically as e-mail attachments at the following address: with a copy to (Adam Bednarek) and/or (Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka).
Books for review can be sent to ‘Lodz Papers in Pragmatics’ (Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka), University of Lodz, Al. Kościuszki 65, 90-514, Łódź, Poland.
2.Copyright: Authors are responsible for observing the laws of copyright when quoting or reproducing material.
3.The length of articles should not exceed 10,000 words (reviews: maximum 5000 words).
4.All articles should be written in English and include (in a separate attachment) an abstract (maximum 200 words), up to 6 keywords, and a short CV of the author (maximum 100 words).
5.Key formatting issues (additional formatting will be done by editors):
a.Document setup: the body of the text should be 118 mm x 170 mm.
b.Use Times New Roman: 10 pts for the main text and references, 9 pts for examples and footnotes. All text should be single-spaced.
c.Indent quoted texts of greater than 2 lines or other texts (e.g. examples) which you think should stand out by 5 mm from both sides, and leave one line spaces between the top line and main text as well as between the bottom line and main text; and use 9 pts for all such text.
d.Indent the first line of each paragraph by 5 mm.
e.Title: should be in small caps, centered, font size 16 pts. Leave an empty line (font size 10 pts) and follow it by author’s name and affiliation (font size 14 pts, centered, small caps). Add 3 empty lines (font size 10 pts) before first line of text.
f.Subheadings: For A-level subheadings, use 12 pts, in bold. Leave two empty lines before, and one empty line after the subheading. For B-level subheadings, use 11 pts in bold (same as remainder of the text) and leave two empty lines before and one empty line after the subheading. All empty lines should be 10 pts.
g.Figures and tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals, entitled and integrated in the text.
h.All linguistic data must be transliterated; non-English examples should have glosses.
i.Bibliographical references in the body of the text should be limited to the author’s last name and the date (year) of publication, e.g. (Grice 1989) with the number of the page(s) where relevant, e.g. (Grice 1989: 43-51); if there are more publications by the same author in one year please add alphabetical sequence, e.g. (1989a), (1989b), etc.
j.References should conform to the following examples:

Bach, Kent and Robert M. Harnish. 1979. Linguistic Communication and Speech Acts. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Barcelona, Antonio. 2000. “On the plausibility of claiming a metonymic motivation for conceptual metaphor.” In Antonio Barcelona (ed.) Metaphor and Metonymy at the Crossroads. A Cognitive Perspective, 31-58. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Harnish, Robert M. 2005. “A normative theory of mood in English: Prospects and problems.” Lodz Papers in Pragmatics 1: 59-89.

Korta, Kepa and John Perry. 2007. “How to say things with words”. In Savas L. Tsohatzidis (ed.) John Searle's Philosophy of Language: Force, Meaning and Mind, 169-189. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sbisà, Marina. 2002. “Cognition and narrativity in speech act sequences”. In Anita Fetzer and Christiane Meierkord (eds.) Rethinking sequentiality, 71-98. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Strawson, Peter F. 1964. “Intention and convention in speech acts.” Philosophical Review, 73: 439-460, doi: 10.2307/2183301.

Verschueren, Jeff. 1999. Understanding Pragmatics, London and New York: Arnold.

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