9th Lodz Symposium
New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics (NDLP2020)

University of Łódź, Poland
Department of Pragmatics

Łódź, 11-12 May 2020

The conference is organized by the Department of Pragmatics of the University of Łódź, Poland.
Conference Chair: Piotr Cap

Marking the 15th anniversary of the establishment of Department of Pragmatics at the University of Łódź, this 9th edition of the NDLP conference series will 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 and 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. Anonymized abstracts of max. 350 words should be sent by email as a Word attachment to piotr.cap@uni.lodz.pl (Piotr Cap, Conference Chair) by 1 December 2019. 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. Acceptance decisions will be communicated via email by 15 December 2019.

The following distinguished scholars have accepted to address the conference as keynote speakers:
Chris Cummins (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Marta Dynel (University of Łódź, Poland)
Anita Fetzer (University of Augsburg, Germany)
Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (University of Manchester, UK)

Registration fee covers conference materials, coffee breaks, lunches (on 11th-12th May), and conference dinner (on 11th May). The fee must be paid by 1 March 2020.
Standard registration fee – 190 EUR (800 PLN)
Discount registration fee (students, PhD candidates, scholars from countries with serious currency restrictions (please check with organizer whether you qualify)) – 140 EUR (600 PLN)
Fees should be transferred to the account below with the reference “NDLP2020 Piotr Cap”. Fees can be paid in any major currency – EUR, USD, GBP etc., and 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, 90-361 Łódź, Poland Acc. no. (IBAN): PL69 1240 3028 1111 0010 8941 1136 BIC/SWIFT: PKOPPLPW

The conference venue will be Centrum Szkoleniowo Konferencyjne Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego (Conference Center of the University of Łódź; address: 26 Rogowska Street, Łódź).

Organizers have pre-reserved 70 rooms (at discount rate) in the hotel section of the Conference Center (the conference venue). Services and amenities include free buffet breakfast, parking, satellite TV, radio, telephone, refrigerator and free internet access.
Discount rates for participants are as follows:
single room 110 PLN (c. 25 EUR)
double room 140 PLN (c. 33 EUR, per room)
double room for 1 person 120 PLN (c. 27 EUR)

The pre-reservation expires on 1 March 2020 so early bookings by participants are strongly recommended. To book your room, please send an e-mail to cskul@uni.lodz.pl or rogowska@uni.lodz.pl , writing “NDLP2020 Piotr Cap” in the subject line. Alternatively, bookings can be made by phone (+48 42 6355490 or +48 42 6598211). The pre-reservation holds for 10-13 May 2020, 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 2020. Hard copies of the program and book of abstracts will be included in your conference pack.

Conference papers will be considered for publication (printed and online) in the following international journals: International Review of Pragmatics (http://www.brill.nl/irp) and Lodz Papers in Pragmatics (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/lpp).

1 December 2019, abstracts due;
15 December 2019, notification of acceptance;
1 March 2020, registration fee due;
1 March 2020, pre-reservation of accommodation expires;
15 April 2020, conference program

Queries should be directed to:
Piotr Cap (Conference Chair)
e-mail: piotr.cap@uni.lodz.pl