Call for Papers

The submission deadline for abstracts has now passed. We intend to let successful applicants know that they have been accepted to present on Tuesday 20th February.

38th Annual Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association,
July 25-28, 2018
University of Birmingham, UK

Conference Theme: Styles & Methods

While retaining a core interest in the language of literature, PALA has always been receptive to language-attentive research and teaching of many different modes and mediums of communication, extending far beyond literature. Different individuals, groups, and institutions may have their own distinct style, and broadly linguistic analysis of any of these can richly inform theorising about value, identity, and social meaning.  Whether the object of study is a poem or a pop song, tweets or youtube clips, the multimodal or the monomodal, a huge range of methods can be applied to the task. Some of these are rigorously quantitative, others are compelling in their qualitative persuasiveness, some involve expensive kit, others claim to put nothing between the text and the reader.  The Birmingham 2018 conference welcomes explorations of the advantages and problems of different methods, used alone or in synthesis, in the study of style.

We invite submission of Abstracts of proposed talks that address any of the above themes, or explore the connections between stylistics and other disciplines.

We also have five Special Interest Groups (SIGs) covering the following topics:

  • Crime Writing
  • Translating Metaphor across Disciplines, Genres, Modalities
  • Multimodality and social media: methodological challenges in the study of online style
  • Workshop on Pragmatics and Literature
  • Graphology

Click here for more information on the SIGs.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length (excluding references), and submitted to the Organizing Committee using Easychair

Abstracts should be sent in a .doc/.docx file and contain the following structural elements: (a) a recognizable thesis/statement or research question, (b) an explanation of the methodology, (c) a short reference to emerging results (if applicable), (d) a list of keywords and (e) a short list of key references (max. 5). Submissions through Easychair should include a selection of the dominant topics addressed in the proposal, by authors ticking off the corresponding topics in the submission page.

NB: a maximum of one single-authored paper per attendee.

Presentations are limited to 20 minutes, followed by up to 10 minutes of discussion (30 minute slot).