Call for Papers: Postcolonial Pragmatics – Linguistics and Literature

Call for Papers for a volume on Pragmatic Perspectives on Postcolonial Discourse: Linguistics and Literature

edited by Christoph Schubert and Laurenz Volkmann to be published by Cambridge Scholars

Sociolinguistic research on global varieties of English so far has mainly concentrated on the levels of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary. By contrast, little has been published on pragmatic, discursive or intercultural issues of global Englishes. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that scholars such as Anchimbe and Janney (2011) have stressed the necessity to establish the field of “postcolonial pragmatics”. Accordingly, the projected volume intends to further develop this new subdiscipline, which is still in its infancy, and to point out emerging trends as well as new directions in research.

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The project will carry out an integrative investigation, particularly probing the interstices between linguistic methodologies and literary text analysis. It intends to show in which ways hybrid communicative situations based on ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity result in similarly hybrid communicative and social practices. Along these lines, the volume will deal with the issue of how postcolonial varieties of English around the world (e.g. India, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia, Canada, or the Caribbean) have produced different pragmatic conventions in a complex interplay of culture-specific and global linguistic discourses.

The literary texts under discussion are conceptualized as media both
reflecting and creating reality, so that they provide valuable insights into discourse phenomena that can be analysed by a joint venture of linguistics and literary studies. We invite contributions approaching the topic from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, as exemplified by the following pragmatic paradigms: – communicative conventions concerning politeness, indirectness, humour, conversational maxims or the variational use of speech acts

  • code-switching/code-mixing and strategic language choices
  • construction of identities as well as social/ethnic roles and techniques of “othering” through language
  • interlingual accommodation and interethnic appropriation
  • postcolonial uses of institutionalized discourse markers and conversational routines
  • cross- and intercultural communication regarding the negotiation of common ground and practices of inclusion/exclusion

Please submit an abstract of 300-400 words (excluding references) to the two editors of the volume by March 6, 2015:

The document should contain your name and the title of the article as well as your affiliation. In the abstract, please introduce your research question, give an outline your method and data, provide a summary of the most important findings, and briefly explain in which way your paper matches the objectives of the volume. The length of the finished papers will be about 6,000-8,000 words (excluding references and appendices). The anticipated submission date for the final papers will be September 30, 2015.

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