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8th International Pragmatics Conference (Toronto, 13-18 July 2003)


The 8th International Pragmatics Conference will be held on 13-18 July 2003 at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus. The site for registration and all other conference events will be The Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street (see http://www.greatspaces.utoronto.ca/projects/bahen.htm). For a complete campus map, go to http://www.osm.utoronto.ca/map/
For members of the IPrA Consultation Board: the Consultation Board meeting will be held on Sunday, 13 July, 10:00-13:00, in room 11-164 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street W.
For members of the IPrA Executive Committee: the Executive Committee meeting will be held on Friday, 18 July, 16:30-18:00, in room 12-199 (Dean's Boardroom) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street W.

CONFERENCE CHAIR: Monica HELLER (Univ. of Toronto)

LOCAL SITE COMMITTEE: Susan EHRLICH (York Univ.), Ruth KING (York Univ.), Normand LABRIE (Univ. of Toronto), Grit LIEBSCHER (Univ. of Waterloo), Bonnie McELHINNY (Univ. of Toronto), Donna PATRICK (Brock Univ.), Jack SIDNELL (Univ. of Toronto)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE: In addition to the members of the Local Site Committee, the International Conference Committee includes: Charles ANTAKI (Loughborough Univ.), Jenny COOK-GUMPERZ (Univ. of California at Santa Barbara), Susan ERVIN-TRIPP (Univ. of California at Berkeley; IPrA President), GU Yueguo (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Andreas JUCKER (Justus Liebig Univ. Giessen), Ferenc KIEFER (Hungarian Academy of Sciences; chair, 7th IPC), Enikö NÉMETH (Univ of Szeged), Ben RAMPTON (King's College London), Eddy ROULET (Univ. of Geneva), Anna-Brita STENSTRÖM (Univ. of Bergen), Elizabeth TRAUGOTT (Stanford Univ.), Jef VERSCHUEREN (Univ. of Antwerp; IPrA Secretary General), Yorick WILKS (Univ. of Sheffield)

THEMES: As always, the conference is open to all themes relevant to the pragmatics of language in its widest sense as an interdisciplinary cognitive, social, and cultural perspective. In addition, there is a special theme.

SPECIAL THEME:Linguistic pluralism : policies, practices and pragmaticsThis is a theme that was chosen by the Local Site Committee and approved by the Consultation Board. It corresponds to the interests of a large number of IPrA members, and permits us to link cognitive, linguistic, social and political approaches to a phenomenon of long-standing interest in pragmatics and of current theoretical, as well as social and policy importance. The intention will be to focus the conference on making those links in a number of ways, ranging from choice of plenary speakers and special panels, to invitations to interested and relevant Canadians outside the academy. The theme is one which also fits the venue, given Canada's historical involvement in debates on such issues, and Toronto's profile as a major centre of new globalized urban multilingualism. However, it is meant here to go beyond traditional ideas about "multilingualism" understood as connecting linguistic difference primarily to ethnic or national distinctions, and rather to extend that concept to the links between language and all forms of social difference and social inequality. The theme is also appropriate to the expertise of the members of the Local Site Committee which is committed to tying academic approaches to broader public debates.

IPrA gratefully acknowledges the sponsoring received from:

  • the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto)
  • the Department of Anthropology (University of Toronto)
  • the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (York University, Toronto)
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company