Zakład Pragmatyki Językowej

8th Lodz Symposium
New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics (NDLP2017)
University of Łódź, Poland
Department of Pragmatics
Łódź, 15-17 May 2017
The conference is organized by the Department of Pragmatics of the University of Łódź, Poland (
Organizing Committee:
Prof. Dr. Piotr Cap (Conference Chair)
This 8th edition of the NDLP conference series aims to respond to a surge of new research in pragmatics, with a view to bringing together the novel, empirically, experimentally and clinically based models, and classical topics/frameworks such as Gricean pragmatics, Speech Act Theory and presupposition. We encourage papers (re-)examining the semantics-pragmatics boundary, which has been sometimes blurred by the confrontation of the new and the traditional frameworks. Proposals are welcome at the intersection of the philosophy of language and pragmatics dealing with theoretical, methodological and definitional issues, as well as issues of interdisciplinarity in pragmatic investigation.
While we specially encourage presentations of theoretical approaches which have a basis in empirical studies, or allow for experimentally testable predictions, the conference continues to be open to all kinds of pragmatics oriented research recognizing pragmatics as a functional (i.e. cognitive, social and cultural) perspective on language and communication. This applies to functional studies involving multiple and heterogeneous territories: everyday discourse, (online) media, education, political and professional settings, problems of linguistic construction and maintenance of identity, communicative genres, issues of multilingualism and linguistic pluralism, pragmatic aspects of translation, pragmatic awareness in foreign language teaching, and more.
We invite submissions for paper presentations. All submissions should be made in English. Papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts of max. 350 words should be sent by email as a Word attachment to (Piotr Cap, Conference Chair) by 1 December 2016. Please include name, affiliation, email address and paper title in the body of the email. Abstracts will be accepted subject to review by an international Scientific Committee. Notification of acceptance decisions will be communicated via email by 15 December 2016.
The following distinguished scholars have accepted to address the conference as keynote speakers:
Anne BEZUIDENHOUT (University of South Carolina at Columbia, USA)
Miriam LOCHER (University of Basel, Switzerland)
Gunter SENFT (Max-Planck-Institute of Psycholinguistics at Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
Marina TERKOURAFI (Leiden University Center for Linguistics, the Netherlands)
Registration fee covers conference materials, coffee breaks, conference dinner, and access to internet facilities. The fee must be paid by 1 March 2017.

Standard registration fee – 200 EUR (900 PLN)
Discount registration fee (students, PhD candidates) – 160 EUR (720 PLN)
Fees should be transferred to the account below with the reference “NDLP2017 Piotr Cap”. Fees can be paid in any major currency - USD, GBP etc. and of course Polish Zloty (PLN). Please instruct your bank to apply exchange rates as on the transfer date. Please make sure the amount transferred is clear of bank charges.
Uniwersytet Łódzki
Bank PKO S.A., II O/Łódź
ul. Piotrkowska 270, 90-959 Łódź, Poland
Acc. no. (IBAN):
PL 76 1240 3028 1111 0010 7016 4658
The conference venue will be Centrum Szkoleniowo Konferencyjne Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego (Conference Center of the University of Łódź; address: Kopcińskiego 16/18, 90-232 Łódź). The venue offers all necessary presentation facilities, including laptops and projectors, and internet access.
Organizers have pre-reserved 70 rooms for participants in the hotel section of the Conference Center (the conference venue). Services and amenities include free breakfast, private bathroom, satellite TV, radio, telephone, refrigerator and free internet access. The Conference Center houses its own restaurant and bar and is located about 2 kilometers from the downtown of Łódź, which is famous for its variety of restaurants, bars and vibrant nightlife.
The rooms are priced as follows:
single room
100 PLN (c. 23 EUR)
double room
130 PLN (c. 30 EUR, per room)
double room for 1 person
110 PLN (c. 25 EUR)

The pre-reservation expires on 1 March 2017 so early bookings by participants are strongly recommended. To book your room, please send an e-mail to , writing “NDLP2017 Piotr Cap” in the subject line. Alternatively, bookings can be made by phone (+48 42 6355490) or fax (+48 42 6355460). The pre-reservation holds for 14-18 May 2017, in which period any number of nights can be booked. Payment can be made upon arrival, by cash or credit card.
Organizers regret that they cannot arrange accommodation outside the Center on your behalf.
An electronic version of the program will be e-mailed to registered participants by 15 April 2017. An e-book of abstracts will be uploaded to the conference website by 1 May 2017.  Hard copies of the program and book of abstracts will be included in your conference pack.
A peer-reviewed selection of conference papers will be published in a monographic collection produced by a reputable international publisher. Some papers may also be published in the following international journals: International Review of Pragmatics ( and Lodz Papers in Pragmatics (, in printed and electronic formats.
1 December 2016, abstracts due;
15 December 2016, notification of acceptance;
1 March 2017, registration fee due;
1 March 2017, pre-reservation of accommodation expires;
15 April 2017, conference program
Łódź Airport operates only a small number of flights. Please see for schedules. Most visitors arrive at Warsaw Chopin Airport ( ) and take a train from Warsaw Central Railway Station to Łódź Fabryczna Station (journey time: 1.5 hours; frequency: every hour). There is an efficient train connection between Warsaw Chopin Airport and Warsaw Central Railway Station (journey time: 15 min.; frequency: every 20 min.). Train times can be looked up at
Łódź is internationally known for its nightlife and offers a range of sightseeing opportunities. Most sites can be found walking along Piotrkowska Street (,What_to_See_Walking_along_Piotr.htm), which is also home to a host of restaurants, bars and clubs. The new Manufaktura Culture-Trade-Entertainment Centre (,Manufaktura_Culture-Trade-Enter.htm) boasts a large number of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. General tourist information is available at
Queries should be directed to:
Prof. Dr. Piotr Cap (Conference Chair)
Department of Pragmatics
University of Łódź
Pomorska 171/173
90-236 Łódź, Poland
tel/fax +48 42 6655220