The International Pragmatics Asssociation conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 9-14 June 2019, will include a panel on Address practices in Italian, convened by Agnese Bresin (University of Melbourne), now calling for paper proposals by 1 October 2018. Addressing each other is a complex operation, in which speakers position themselves and their interlocutors in some form of relationship. With their strong link to situational and cultural contexts and to basic demographic features of the interlocutors, address practices reveal perceived identities and human relations as well as wider social changes. The under-explored Italian case is of particular interest in this field of study for a number of reasons: the status and geographical distribution of “voi” in relation to “tu” and “lei”, the significant diatopic variation expected, and the complex relationship between regional varieties of Italian and the so-called ‘Italian dialects’.
- qualitative, quantitative and mixed design studies;
- synchronic and diachronic perspectives;
- spoken, written and mediated language;
- Italian dialects, regional varieties of Italian and minority languages;
- translation and dubbing;
- teaching and learning Italian as a second/foreign language;
- nominal address, pronominal address, greetings and combination thereof;
- contrastive, cross-cultural and inter-cultural studies.