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CONFERENCE: Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Politeness and Impoliteness

Date: Aug 29, 2012
Time: All Day
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Description: "Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Politeness and Impoliteness" is an international and interdisciplinary conference dedicated to how perceptions of politeness and impoliteness are shaped through language and affect the utterance interpretation process. The conference, the first of its kind in the U.S., will take place August 29-31, 2012, in Urbana. Welcome and opening remarks will be given at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Ruth Watkins; the Dean of the College of Education, Mary Kalantzis; and the Head of the Department of Linguistics, James Yoon. The opening night reception, which will be held from 7:30-10:00 p.m. on August 29, will be co-sponsored by Linguistics Publisher Brill. Pragmatics-related publications include the journal "International Review of Pragmatics" and companion book series "Empirical Foundations of Theoretical Pragmatics." Live music will be provided by local musicians Matt and Tom Turino. A book display will be open for the duration of the conference. Exhibiting publishers include Brill, Cambridge University Press, and John Benjamins. The conference dinner will be on Thursday, August 30, at Luna restaurant. In the best of Luna traditions, it will be a three-course meal made of fresh, local ingredients, so you can expect to be in for a treat. See the registration page for information about how to book. Space is limited so make sure to book early! The closing roundtable on Friday, August 31, 2:30-3:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.