CADS International Conference

Corpus-assisted Discourse Studies
More than the sum of Discourse Analysis and computing?

University of Bologna, Palazzo Hercolani, Strada Maggiore 45
September 13-14 2012

Featured speakers include:
Michael Hoey (Liverpool), Paul Baker (Lancaster), Tony McEnery (Lancaster),
Ramesh Krishnamurthy (Aston), Costas Gabrielatos (Edge Hill), Alan Partington (Bologna)

Call for papers

The term corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS) was coined ten years ago. Although such research dates back at least to Biber (1988) and Stubbs (1996), it was in those days still possible to lament: In comparison with the impressive strides corpus linguistics has made in the fields of lexicography, grammatical description, register studies etc, it has had relatively little to say in describing features of discourse, particularly of interaction, that is, the rhetorical aspects of texts.
This is clearly no longer the case. In these ten years CADS has come of age with major projects under its belt on, among others, the reporting of immigration, reporting the Iraq conflict, White House press relations and perceptions of the EU. Language topics studied include evaluation, discourse organisation, facework/politeness, metaphor, irony, stylistics, diachronic linguistics, and many more.
But new questions have arisen. Is CADS a coherent discipline? What are its methods? What are the overall objectives of CADS research(ers)? Has its focus altered over the years and is it likely to alter in the future?
And, of course: is it more than just the sum of discourse analysis and computing? If so, what is its added value?
We invite speakers to share their own experiences of using corpus techniques to shed light on discourse and to debate these fundamental questions.

Talks will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.

Abstracts

Please send abstracts to: catharina.solano2@unibo.it

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words (including references) and should specify five keywords.

The number of conference places is limited to 40.

Please supply abstract by e-mail without name with a separate document with name and affiliation. Address e-mail subject as “CADS conference”.

Abstracts will be sent for anonymous refereeing.

Scientific committee

Alan Partington (Bologna)
Anna Marchi (Lancaster)
Costas Gabrielatos (Lancaster)
Jane Johnson (Bologna)
Charlotte Taylor (Portsmouth)
Alison Duguid (Siena)
John Morley (Siena)
Federica Ferrari (Bologna)

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: May 7th 2012.

Notification of acceptance / non acceptance: May 20th 2012.

Registration begins & programme published: May 22nd 2012.

For further information please contact Anna Marchi (anna.marchi@unibo.it)