Monday, August 17, 2009

Political Linguistics, Department of Pragmatics, University of Łódź & Institute of Applied Linguistics, Warsaw University, September 17-19, 2009.

PL2009's aim 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. PL2009 will be a forum for presentation of papers addressing the following issues:
  • the use of language in political rhetoric, advertising, media discourse, propaganda, persuasion, 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.


The conference will feature between 4 and 6 plenary lectures given by world-leading specialists in political discourse analysis and related disciplines.

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