Address practices in Italian


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’.

The aim of this panel is therefore to bring together researchers working on Italian address practices from different perspectives, providing space for an informed and highly specialised discussion in this field and opening opportunities for future cooperation.
Contributions on address practices in Italian are welcome from any discipline, methodology and theoretical orientation, including, but not limited to:
  • 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. 
The total time allocated to each paper, to be delivered in English, is 30 minutes, with 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Please send your expressions of interest to Agnese Bresin (University of Melbourne) by 1 October 2018 and your abstracts by 15 October 2018
Please note that all abstracts must also be submitted separately by the individual contributors by 15 October 2018 via the conference web page and its Call for Papers page.

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