15-19 Jul 2020 Aix-en-Provence (France)

SIGs > LIST OF SIGS

 

 

There will be nine Special Interest Groups (SIGs) this year.

If you would like your paper to be considered for inclusion in one of these SIGs, please upload your proposal via the PALA 2020 website, indicating in your title which SIG you are submitting your abstract to (example: Murder on the Orient Express SIG 1 Crime)

Please also send your abstract to the SIG organiser(s)

Papers not accepted for inclusion in SIGs will still be considered for inclusion in the main conference.

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SIG1 Crime

SIG2 Digital Stylistics

SIG3 Empathy

SIG4 Cognitive Stylistics and Embodied Materiality

SIG 5 The discourse of contestation and deviance

SIG 6 Pragmatics and Literature

SIG 7 Dialect Representation

SIG 8 Prosodic and phonetic features of speaking styles

SIG 9 Comic Theory and Stylistic Enquiry

 

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SIG1 Crime

Organisers: Dr Ulrike TABBERT, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Huddersfield (ulritab@googlemail.com) and Dr Ilse RAS, Oxford Brookes University (i.a.ras@live.nl)

 

This SIG is aimed at PALA (as well as non-PALA) researchers who are interested in (re)presentations of crime in fiction and non-fiction, as well as crime and criminal justice system-related language. This can include crime fiction, police procedural fiction, crime news, language in the legal system amongst others.

 

This SIG aims to offer researchers interested in crime-related topics the opportunity to communicate current research and debate concepts and ideas. Current goals include organising Crime SIG panels at future PALA conferences and a publication of an edited book.

Topics may include but are not limited to

  • multimodality in crime reports and adaptations

  • pragmatics in crime narratives and criminal justice system reports

  • critical discourse analysis / critical stylistics of crime news

  • point of view and mind style in crime fiction

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SIG2 Digital Stylistics

Organisers: Dr Francisca FRONTINI, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (francesca.frontini@univ-montp3.fr), Dr Clémence JACQUOT, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (clemence.jacquot@univ-montp3.fr) and Dr Suzanne MPOULI, Université de Paris (suzanne.mpouli@u-paris.fr)

 

The growing number of digitised texts has made it possible to investigate texts differently, using computational or statistical methods (corpus linguistics techniques, sentiment analysis, topic modelling, network visualisation, pattern recognition, machine learning algorithms, etc.). In this respect, this SIG seeks to bring together (PALA and non-PALA) researchers applying such "digital" methods to the study of style, so that they can share their experiences and exchange ideas.

This SIG is endorsed by ADHO Special Interest Group in Digital Literary Stylistics

 

All abstracts reporting results obtained with any digital tool will be considered. In particular, we are interested in papers which examines literary style and focus on one of the following aspects:

- the methodological specificities or limits of digital approaches to style;

- the qualitative interpretation of automatically generated results;

- digital tools and the contrastive analysis of style in texts;

- the impact of the use of digital tools on stylistic research.

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SIG3 Empathy

Organisers: Dr Carolina FERNANDEZ-QUINTANILLA, Queen’s University Belfast (wearemadeofstories@gmail.com), Fransina STRADLING, University of Huddersfield, (Fransina.Stradling2@hud.ac.uk)

 

(Narrative) empathy is of interest to a broad range of stylisticians, including those particularly interested in emotional response to different forms of media and those with more general interests in cognitive stylistics, empirical stylistics and metaphor. With an established interest in reader response approaches within stylistics (see for example the 2017 special issue of Language and Literature 26(2) on reader response research in stylistics), and a growing interest in empirical approaches to stylistics, PALA provides the ideal space for the discussion of (narrative) empathy, which affords the use of both types of approaches.

 

The Empathy SIG aims to facilitate the exchange and development of ideas and research methods between stylisticians with an interest in (narrative) empathy within the PALA community. It furthermore aims to provide a forum that promotes dialogue and encourages interdisciplinary research between stylistics and other fields that study empathy, such as philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, film and literary studies.

 

The SIG invites papers focussed on the role of language in (narrative) empathy which may incorporate a wide range of text types, theoretical approaches and research methods, including but not limited to:

  • Fiction or non-fiction;

  • Affordances of empathy in different forms of media;

  • Cognitive approaches to empathy;

  • Figurative/metaphorical aspects of empathy;

  • Production: the style of specific writers to foster empathy;

  • Reception: reader response research;

  • Mind style and empathy;

  • Point of view and empathy;

  • Characterisation and empathy;

  • The role of textual and non-textual factors in empathetic responses.

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SIG4 Cognitive Stylistics and Embodied Materiality

Organisers: Dr Natalia IGL, University of Oslo (natalia.igl@ilos.uio.no) and Dr Olivia FIALHO, University of Oslo (o.d.c.fialho@ilos.uio.no).

 

The proposed PALA Special Interest Group on Cognitive stylistics and embodied materiality aims to bring together researchers and scholars interested in understanding and analysing how readers make sense of and are multisensory involved through stylistic strategies of foregrounded materiality and mediality in literature.

 

Second-generation or ‘4E’ approaches within the cognitive study of literature shed new light on the ways in which readers respond to the words on the page through their actual and ‘virtual’ bodies (cf. Kukkonen & Caracciolo 2014: 265) by factoring in “the enactive, embedded, embodied, and extended qualities of the mind” (ibid.: 261).

 

Conceptualizing reading as an embodied process and experience adjusts the prevalent bias of it being primarily a mental activity, as Schilhab, Balling, & Kuzmičová (2018 [no pag.]) point out. However, even approaches that factor in the embodied and enactive reality of reading tend to rather background the specific material and medial constitution of literary texts in favour of focusing on linguistic devices. From the perspective of cognitive linguistics, though, strategies of foregrounding print materiality in multimodal texts (cf. e.g. Gibbons & Whiteley 2018) and the relevance of books and paper as bodies of literature in a digital age (cf. Brillenburg Wurth, Discroll & Pressman 2018) have recently gained more attention.

 

This is where the proposed SIG Cognitive stylistics and embodied materiality takes its point of departure.With the 2020 PALA Conference’s topic of “Style and Sense(s)” in mind, the group also aims to facilitate a productive discussion towards reconceptualising the stylistic notions of ‘form’ and ‘textuality’.

 

The SIG’s scope of focus includes the following topics and concerns:

  • stylistic strategies (in the sense of features, forms and genres) of engaging the embodied, enactive, and extended reader

  • expanding the notion of ‘style’ towards aspects of materiality and mediality

  • the multisensory potential of reader involvement through the ‘bookish body’ and printed page

  • the performative potential of the written text, printed book, and digital screen

  • the multisensory receptivity of the embodied, enactive, and extended reader

  • the functionalization of materiality and mediality for multisensory reader involvement in literature specifically created for screen reading

  • empirical approaches to readers’ embodied and enactive interaction with the material dimensions of texts

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SIG 5 The discourse of contestation and deviance

Organisers:Dr Roberta PIAZZA, (University of Sussex (r.piazza@sussex.ac.uk) and Dr Helen RINGROW, University of Portsmouth (helen.ringrow@port.ac.uk)

 

This SIG addresses the discourse of economic and social inequalities resulting in marginalisation and exclusion. It focuses on individuals and groups who are liminal, who live on the edge, having been discarded and expelled by dominant majoritarian society because their way of life is seen as a being deviant and thus challenging. In spite of the strong pressures for individuals to conform to dominant norms and canons, various forms of social diversity exist in all societies and numerous people find hard to conform and accommodate. Moreover, even though mainstream society tends to exclude marginal/ liminal individuals, it nonetheless still intervenes in a variety of ways which, collectively, help to sustain such diversity (for example, support for day centres for the homeless, mobile communities, women’s groups, and migrants). This results in a complex interaction between spaces and modalities of conformity and, vice versa, contestation and deviation.

 

The focus of the SIG is both on the authoritarian discourses constructed and sustained by hegemonic groups that constitute the foundations of urban exclusion (for instance, narratives around private ownership, sedentarism, reproductive sexuality, productivity, competitiveness, morality, cleanliness or even the monopoly of English as the only international language) and on the response to these narratives by the victims of society’s exclusion who sustain alternative discourses. The SIG is, therefore, interested in forms of legitimated hegemonic discourse as well as any kind of contestation of and resistance to it (Chun 2009, Reddy 2000, Hart & Kelsey 2019, Finley & Calabrese 2003) that can take the shape of civil disorder through riots and protests (Hart & Kelsey 2019), occupation of illegitimate spaces as well as uncanonical interpretation of space, forms of decolonisation in teaching, art performances, positive journalism and much more.

The SIG encourages interdisciplinary contributions.

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SIG 6 Pragmatics and Literature


Organisers: Professor Siobhan CHAPMAN, University of Liverpool (src@liverpool.ac.uk) and Professor Billy CLARK, University of Northumbria (billy.clark@northumbria.ac.uk)

The Pragmatics and Literature Special Interest Group brings together researchers interested in applying ideas from any area in linguistic pragmatics to the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of literary texts.

 

The aim of the workshop is to promote interaction among those working with different theoretical approaches and a variety of literary time periods and genres, while sharing a focus on the pragmatic stylistic analysis of literary texts. The workshop will be particularly concerned with the ways in which ideas and frameworks for analysis developed in pragmatic theories contribute to understanding of the production, interpretation or evaluation of specific literary texts. Building on previous workshops of the SIG, we are also interested in papers which explore the connections and relationships between pragmatic theory and other analytic approaches to specific literary texts.

 

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SIG 7 Dialect Representation

Organiser: Dr Alex BROADHEAD, University of Liverpool (a.broadhead@liverpool.ac.uk)

 

This panel is for papers focusing on stylistic approaches to dialect representation in writing, film or music. Abstracts responding to recent developments in the study of dialect representation, for instance Hodson (2014), are especially welcome. Applicants may also wish to address the wider conference theme, ‘style and sense(s)’, by considering the relationship between dialect representation and meaning or dialect representation and perception.

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SIG 8 Prosodic and phonetic features of speaking styles

Organiser: Professor Sophie HERMENT, Aix-Marseille University (sophie.herment@univ-amu.fr)

We propose to organise a Special Interest Group on speaking styles, which will gather specialists in the oral language. The different styles of the written language clearly have several lexical and syntactic particularities. The styles of the spoken language are yet to be defined. We would like to investigate phonetic and prosodic phenomena from a stylistic point of view. Segmental aspects can be relevant in the characterisation of style. Phonetic variation will therefore be considered. Rhythm is also a crucial element: tempo, the degree of assimilation, elision and reduction. Intonation is another significant feature: are certain intonation patterns associated with certain speaking styles?

The special session will allow us to question the definition that can be given to phonostyle(s).

Papers from a wide range of theoretical perspectives addressing the above issues will be welcome. We invite studies based on ecological corpora as well as experimental studies.

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SIG 9 Comic Theory and Stylistic Enquiry

Organiser: Dr Taiwo OLORUNTOBA-OJU, University of Ilorin, Nigeria (ttobaoju@unilorin.edu.ng)

 

Arguably one of the most persuasive manifestations of transmissions between style and sense is the activation of comic feeling through the stylistic manipulation of words. Laughter is typically a spontaneous eruption, in response to lingual, aural, visual or tactile stimuli, an explicit perlocutionary effect. However, the precise mechanism by which laughter is created through language has always been a source of conflict and or disagreements among theorists of the comic, and especially those who examine the comic from the perspective of language. The linguistic issue in comic aesthetics is complicated by the two related facts. The first is that the major theories of the comic, namely “incongruity,” “superiority” and “relief,” are not linguistic or stylistic but psychological theories. Distinguishing between psychological, genetic and linguistic factors in the constitution and appreciation of humour is therefore a challenge (see Cohn, 2014 for a representation of “anti-language views” of the comic). The second complication, which is closely linked to the first, is that even amongst linguists and especially stylisticians, there is no agreement on the precise mechanism by which language per se creates humour, more so that similar linguistic stimuli are known to have sometimes elicited different and sometimes contradictory reactions. Indeed the humor styles questionnaire (Martin et al, 2003) is premised on individual differences in comic appreciation. Style “sceptics” from Fish (1982) have also cast doubt on the ability of texts to confer significances (but cf. Toolan, 1996), while apparent conflict between rhetorical and linguistic elements in the constitution of the comic has also been pointed out (Oloruntoba-Oju, 1992/1998).

 

Against the above background, stylistic enquiry into the comic continues to be an interesting challenge. This panel invites submissions on the linguistic challenge in humour aesthetics, with emphasis on how linguistic elements demonstrably activate sensations of the comic. Theoretical postulations on the comic and empirical representations from different textual sources in different media and from different regions are welcome.

 

Sub-themes include but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Linguistic and stylistic models in the analysis of humour

  • Rhetorical and Linguistic Games in Comic Aesthetics

  • Ethnicity and humour: Does ethnicity affect the appreciation of comic aesthetics?

  • Age, Gender and Class in the analysis of comic aesthetics

  • Psychological “Humour styles” and the role of language

  • Illocution and Perlocution in Comic Aesthetics

  • Genre approach to humour aesthetics

  • African and Western humour styles

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