4th International Conference on Political Linguistics (PL2020)

Submitted by Piotr Cap on Thu, 04/11/2019 - 18:30
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The aim of the conference is to convene scholars from a wide range of disciplines, interested, broadly speaking, in the rich and heterogeneous but thus yet to become better demarcated area of intersection of language/discourse and the political sphere (i.e. politics, both in its institutionalized and everyday dimensions). The general purpose is to explore and deepen ways of analyzing language as a political instrument, a political theme, and a political domain.

The special theme of the 2020 conference will be "The Brexit Effect. Critical Linguistic Insights into Prospects for European (Dis-)integration". We invite papers examining political and public discourses involving / dealing with the so-called ‘Brexit effect’ – its social, political, economic, cultural, etc., consequences – including newly evolving pro- and anti-EU positions and discourses in various European countries triggered by the Brexit decision and Brexit procedure.

Apart from this special theme, the conference will address the following issues:

  • the use of language in political rhetoric, advertising, media discourse, propaganda, persuasion, populism, etc.;
  • language and processes of ideological symbolization; including folk linguistic ideologies, normative use of language and language-based reproduction of ideologies;
  • language of the state, viz. language policies and language planning at various stages of the information flow, including the art of document design and press releases;
  • rhetoric of political systems and political changes;
  • language of political institutions;
  • linguistic thought (its development and directions) in the light of past and present political transformations;
  • politics in language pedagogy;
  • societal multilingualism, linguistic pluralism and linguistic minority policies;
  • language change and variation in political discourse: transformations at the lexical (terminology, neologisms, semantic shifts), morpho-syntactic, and text/discourse-pragmatic levels; language contact in the political domain: borrowing processes, style-shifting, code-mixing;
  • globalisation of political discourse: homogenisation of social and linguistic knowledge in the political milieu; hybridisation of generic/discursive structures, text types, and interactive strategies across languages and cultures; mulitimodality and unification patterns in political communication;
  • historical/diachronic transformations in political genres;
  • intertextuality and mediation in political communication;
  • axiological aspects of political discourses (valuation in political texts);
  • language attitude research: social attitudes to political discourse(s);
  • literary reflections of political communication;
  • translating/interpreting the language of politics;
  • directions in language training of politicians.

We invite submissions for paper presentations. All submissions should be made in English. Papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. Anonymized abstracts of max. 350 words should be sent by email as a Word attachment to piotr.cap@uni.lodz.pl (Piotr Cap, Conference Chair) by 1 December 2019. Please include name, affiliation, email address and paper title in the body of the email. Abstracts will be accepted subject to review by an international scientific committee. Acceptance decisions will be communicated via email by 15 December 2019.



The following distinguished scholars have accepted to address the conference as keynote speakers:

Helmut Gruber (University of Vienna, Austria)

Veronika Koller (Lancaster University, UK)

Majid KhosraviNik (Newcastle University, UK)

Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University, UK)

Department of Pragmatics
University of Łódź
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Piotr Cap
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