Welcome to the Pragmatic Stylistics website

Welcome to this website for researchers and students working on linguistic pragmatic approaches to stylistics. We'll be setting up the site properly soon and will update you on features as they are added. Contact me if you have any thoughts or questions about the site in the meantime.


July 15, 2010

Pragmatic Stylistics SIG Workshop in Genoa

Mmm, this website has been less active than anticipated. The thought occurs to me as I'm working on my presentation for the Special Interest Group Workshop in Pragmatic Stylistics which will open the PALA conference in Genoa next week. Sadly (for me), it clashes with the Pedagogical Stylistics SIG Workshop rescheduled after our planned conference in Budapest was volcanoed out earlier this year.

We hope that the Pragmatic Stylistics SIG will be a focus for research on pragmatic stylistics and will help to encourage specific projects, collaborations, etc. Send me an email if you'd like to join in or ask for more info or anything.


August 6, 2009

PALA 2009

PALA 2009 was another fantastic conference, with a very wide range of topics discussed, some excellent research presented and the usual general feeling of supportiveness and positivity.

There were a number of pragmatically relevant presentations, including plenaries by Keith Oatley on emotion and simulation in responding to fictional texts, Gerard Steen on metaphor in language, thought and communication.

As usual, proceedings will be published online, probably early next year. We'll point you too them here when they arrive,


April 1, 2009

Nitra conference on Discourse Studies


Here's a link to my presentation from the 3rd Nitra Conference on Discourse Studies (click on 'Kalendár udalostí' on the left)

It was an excellent conference, with a wide range of interesting papers, a friendly atmosphere, and lots of useful discussion. I hope to visit again sometime!


March 2, 2009

PALA2009 -- registration now open


Registration is now open for PALA2009 in Middleburg. Check out the conference website for more info.


October 31, 2008

call for papers: LIAR II

Here's a call for papers for the second 'Linguistic Impoliteness and Rudeness' conference at Lancaster next year:

30 June - 2 July 2009
Linguistic Impoliteness And Rudeness II (LIAR II):
Conflict and Confrontation in Communication
The 2009 International Conference of
The Linguistic Politeness Research Group

Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Opening plenary:
Geoffrey Leech (University of Lancaster)

Plenary speakers:
Sara Mills (Sheffield Hallam University)
Marina Terkourafi (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Karen Tracy (University of Colorado)

This three-day conference focuses is on language and communication that might be described as 'impolite', 'rude', 'aggressive', 'face-attacking', etc., building on the success of the first impoliteness conference (LIAR) at the University of Huddersfield. However, we also welcome any papers that are related to politeness theory, application or practice in any form. Researchers and postgraduates working in fields such as linguistics, sociology, psychology, communication studies, business studies, organizational studies, conflict resolution studies, literature and philosophy are particularly welcomed, though the conference is open to all interested parties.

Please contact the organizers regarding any proposals for panels.

Papers and Posters abstracts deadline: 31 January 2009.

Organizers: Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) and Derek Bousfield (University of Central Lancashire)
Email: impoliteness2009@lancaster.ac.uk

August 5, 2008

parentheticals and style


I'll be uploading papers from the Middlesex workshop when I get a minute. Here's Diane Blakemore's paper on parentheticals and style.


July 20, 2008

free web-based stylistics course

Ling 131 - Language and Style

Here's another useful link which you'll all be interested in. It's a free online stylistics course, developed by Mick Short and colleagues at Lancaster. It's really clear and useful with lots of very well designed activities to work on.


PALA (Poetics and Linguistics Association)

If you're new to pragmatic stylistics, you might not know about PALA (the Poetics and Linguistics Association). Check out their website and also the website for PALA 2008 this year's conference in Sheffield next week.


July 16, 2008


Thanks to everyone who came to the workshop. on Wednesday. It was a very enjoyable and interesting day. I'll post more info on the day, handouts/presentations/etc. soon. In the meantime do email me if you have any thoughts about the workshop, the website or anything.