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Consistorium Hall in the University of Helsinki Main Building, 2nd floor.

Fabianinkatu 33 (accessible entrance)

May 28

8.30 – 16.00

University of Helsinki Main Building
Fabianinkatu 33, Ground floor




Keynote Lecture: Prof. Jan-Ola Östman introduced by Chloé Diskin                


(included in the registration fee)


Panel 1: You know
Chair: Turo Hiltunen
Péter Furkó & Csilla DérA variational pragmatic approach to reformulation markers in English and Hungarian
Erik Schleef. Social meanings of discourse markers and disfluent speech
Chloé Diskin. The discourse-pragmatic marker ‘you know’ in two native and two non-native varieties of English


Lunch at Restaurant Sunn
Aleksanterinkatu 26
(included in the registration fee)


Panel 2: Um and Uh
Chair: Olli Silvennoinen
Derek Denis & Tim Gadanidis. Before the rise of um
Timothy Gadanidis. Um, about that, uh, variable: uh and um in teen instant messaging
Gunnel Tottie. Variation and change among pragmatic markers as planners in American English


(included in the registration fee)


Panel 3: Hesitation
Chair: Elizabeth Peterson
Minna Korhonen & Cara Penry Williams. Discursive like across apparent time in Australian English
Katri Priiki. Toi and tota – from a pronoun to a particle
Sumintra Maklai. The Thai Pragmatic Particle di: Corpus Analysis and the Use of di compared to si by Native Thai Speakers
Jukka Tyrkkö. Expressive pseudo-masculine particles in the history of American English: A corpus-based account


University reception in Lehtisali
University of Helsinki Main Building, 2nd floor

May 29

8.00 - 17.00

Information desk open
Fabianinkatu 33, Ground floor

8.15 - 9.00

Open Business Meeting at Think Corner
Yliopistonkatu 4


Keynote Lecture: Prof. Yael Maschler introduced by Jan Lindström


(included in the registration fee)


Panel 4: Responding and agreeing
Chair: Liesbeth Degand
Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen. The role of historical pragmatics in the uses of response particles. The case of French.
Lorella Viola. On the diachrony of giusto? (right?) in Italian: A new discoursivization?
Yulia Clausen, Tatjana Scheffler & Manfred Stede. Variability of German Question Tags
Mirjam Eiswirth. Inter-speaker accommodation on backchannels in narratives


Catering by the University restaurant UniCafe
(included in the registration fee)
University Main building, 2nd floor


Panel 5: Modifying
Chair: Heike Pichler
Karin Aijmer. ‘And it was all like weird’ – Some new uses of intensifiers in contemporary British speech
Sali Tagliamonte & Katharina Pabst. Cool system, lovely patterns, awesome results: A cross-variety comparison of adjectives of positive evaluation
Susan Reichelt. Discourse Values as indicators of pragmaticalization in Spoken British English – a diachronic view
Laurel J. Brinton & Daniela Kolbe-Hanna. “It's just a little weird, is all” – The development and use of sentence-final is all


(included in the registration fee)


Panel 6: Language contact
Chair: Derek Denis
Joseph Kern. General Extenders in English and Spanish among Southern Arizona Bilinguals
Eline Zenner & Tom Ruette. The borrowability of English swearwords in Dutch: a variationist approach
Gisle Andersen. Oh my god! / Herregud! What governs speakers’ choices of borrowed vs. domestic forms of discourse-pragmatic variables?


Keynote Lecture: Prof. Terttu Nevalainen introduced by Gisle Andersen

19.00 - 23.00

Dinner at Coconut Street
Mariankatu 23

The dinner venue is reserved until 23.00

May 30

8.00 - 12.00

Information desk open
Fabianinkatu 33, Ground floor


Panel 7: Connecting
Chair: Eline Zenner
Helene Blondeau, Raymond Mougeon & Mireille Tremblay. Variation and change in real time in two French-Canadian communities
Mitsuko Izutsu & Katsunobu Izutsu. Cross-varietal differences in prospective/retrospective preference: the perception of final connectives by Irish and American English speakers
Laura Rupp. Three vernacular determiners in York English: evidence for discourse-pragmatic factors in grammaticalization trajectories


Coffee + sandwich
(included in the registration fee)


Panel 8: Cross-language comparisons
Chair: Elizabeth Peterson
Sofía Pérez, Pedro Gras & Frank Brisard. Insubordination and intralinguistic variation: a quantitative corpus analysis of insubordinate subjunctive complement clauses in varieties of Spanish
Stephen Levey, Salvatore Digesto, Mélissa Chiasson-Léger, Ariane Dei Tos Cardenuto & Sarah Lefebvre. Putting the Romance back into reported speech: Evidence from Quebec French, Acadian French, Brazilian Portuguese and Italian
Liesbeth Degand, Ludivine Crible & Karolina Grzech. A multi-dimensional, multi-functional and multilingual account of discourse marker variation


Keynote Lecture: Dr. Heike Pichler introduced by Elizabeth Peterson

Followed by closing address