Slavische Philologie - Slavistik



CfP: Pragmaticalization: Language Change between Text and Grammar

LMU Munich, Institute for Slavic Philology

19.01.2018 – 20.01.2018

Pragmaticalization is generally seen in the linguistic literature as the process of language change concerning the discursive level of language and resulting in the development of pragmatic functions by linguistic units which once carried lexical or grammatical meaning. At this conference, the process of pragmaticalization is to be seen in relationship to the “classical” concept of grammaticalization (cf. Lehmann 1995 [1982]), which describes the movement of a lexical unit towards the grammatical core area of language. What happens, however, in connection with the phenomenon of pragmaticalization? Can pragmaticalization be seen as a discrete process of language change, or should it, rather, be placed at the “margins” of grammaticalization?
Contributions on Slavic languages are particularly desired, in addition to pragmaticalization/ grammaticalization research more generally.

The following issues could be discussed at the conference:

  • pragmaticalization and grammaticalization – two sides of the same coin?
  • parameters, mechanisms, and factors of pragmaticalization
  • pragmaticalization and lexicalization
  • the role of implicature and presupposition in pragmaticalization
  • pragmaticalization and prosody
  • pragmaticalization and the development of discourse markers, politeness markers, routine formulae, forms of address, interjections, particles (diachronic as well as synchronic)
  • pragmaticalization and language contact
  • pragmaticalization and gender
  • pragmaticalization and construction grammar
  • pragmaticalization and ‘patterns’ in linguistic usage
  • digitalization of pragmaticalized units

Additional themes on pragmaticalization are also welcome.

Talks: 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion
Conference languages: German, Russian, English

Those interested should submit an abstract (PDF or Word format) of about 300 words by 3 August 2017 to the following address:

Notification of acceptance: by mid-August 2017

Contact person/Organization:
Elena Graf (
Anastasia Meermann

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Björn Hansen, University of Regensburg
  • Prof. Dr. Maksim A. Krongauz, Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Weiss, University of Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Björn Wiemer, University of Mainz

You can find more information on the homepage of the conference.