DiPVaC4 provides a platform for the presentation of cutting-edge research into variation and change in the use of items and constructions often referred to as discourse markers or pragmatic particles whose primary functions are interpersonal and textual. It also provides a forum for the formation of new international and multidisciplinary research networks exploring the theoretical and social importance of quantitative research into discourse-pragmatic variation and change. The conference will bring together participants from across the world to achieve multiple aims: to discuss methodological, empirical and theoretical advancements in the analysis of variation and change in the use of discourse-pragmatic features; to examine the social implications and applications of research into the use of these features; to promote the study of discourse-pragmatic variation and change within and beyond linguistics.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts 10 December 2017
  • Notification of acceptance 15 January 2018
  • Conference 28-30 May 2018

Registration for the conference closes on 7 May 2018.