Wordplay and Metalinguistic Reflection – New Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
7-8 March 2013
Dr. Esme Winter-Froemel (Romance Linguistics, University of Tübingen / Linguistique des langues romanes, Université de Tübingen)
Dr. Angelika Zirker (English Literary Studies, University of Tübingen / Littérature anglaise, Université de Tübingen)
Call for Papers
The metalinguistic reflection of wordplay is hence directed both at the recipient and, simultaneously, expresses this kind of reflection on the speaker’s side. The production of unexpected relations between linguistic units often has a comical effect and can be read as a sign of wit, e.g. in advertisements. In literary texts wordplay furthermore illustrates double communication – within the text but also between author and recipient – and does so more effectively than many other stylistic devices in that it breaks through mimesis and becomes auto-referential. Because of its artistic character and its function of metalinguistic reflection, wordplay is a genuine interface phenomenon that reveals characteristics of literary language in everyday communication and that also opens up the possibility to analyse literary texts from a linguistic perspective.
Based on these reflections and an interdisciplinary project on wordplay that combines linguistics and literary studies, this conference aims at the study of wordplay from an interdisciplinary perspective that involves linguistics, literary studies, rhetoric and media studies in different languages, philologies and contexts.
We would like to look at wordplay in everyday communication and in aesthetic / literary texts. Fields of research may include:
Papers will be 25 minutes plus 25 minutes discussion and are to be presented in English or French.
The conference will be preceded by a workshop on Wednesday afternoon, involving both students and academics (in German). Participants of the conference are invited to join the workshop as well. Throughout the workshop and the conference, participants from practical contexts of wordplay, i.e. comedians, authors, etc. will present their work and be interviewed.
We plan to publish selected papers presented at the workshop and at the conference with an international publisher.
Please send an abstract of 250 to 300 words in English or French to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2012.
Heidi Aschenberg (Universität Tübingen), Matthias Bauer (Universität Tübingen), Hans-Martin Gauger (Universität Freiburg), Johannes Kabatek (Universität Tübingen), Peter Koch (Universität Tübingen), Burkhard Niederhoff (Universität Bochum), Margit Peterfy (Universität Mainz), Britta Stolterfoht (Universität Tübingen), Richard Waltereit (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)