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We are pleased to announce the call for papers for DiPVaC4 at the University of Helsinki. We welcome abstracts for oral presentations which take a quantitative approach to data analysis and deal with diverse aspects of discourse-pragmatic variation and change in any language or variety. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by a 10 minute question period. Presentations will be in English. There will be one session at the conference (i.e., there are no parallel sessions).

We welcome papers dealing with, but not restricted to, the following topics:

  • sociolinguistic patterns of discourse-pragmatic variation and change

  • discourse-pragmatic variation and change in contexts of language contact

  • quantitative studies addressing the grammaticalization of discourse-pragmatic features

  • contrastive/cross-linguistic studies of discourse-pragmatic variation and change

  • methods in the quantitative analysis of discourse-pragmatic features

  • social and geographical diffusion patterns of innovative discourse features

  • the role of discourse-pragmatic features in the construction and negotiation of social identities

  • the acquisition of discourse-pragmatic variation by children,  second language learners and bilingual speakers

  • discourse-pragmatic variation and change across the lifespan

  • socio-perceptual studies of discourse-pragmatic variation

  • discourse-pragmatic variation across interactional, situational and technological settings

  • implications and applications of discourse-pragmatic variation and change within and beyond linguistic theory

Abstracts should be submitted to EasyChair (the submission link is here). Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length (excluding title and references), and should be single-spaced and in 12-point font. Please ensure that abstract content is properly anonymized in order to allow for blind review. You should copy and paste your abstract into the EasyChair submission form AND upload it as a PDF file.

The deadline for abstracts is December 10, 2017.