Previous i-Mean conferences

i-Mean 2015 

The previous i-Mean 4 conference was held at the University of Warwick between 9-11 April 2015.  

The i-Mean 4 conference addressed the relationship between 'Language and Impact'.

Further information

For further details about the i-Mean conference please see the University of Warwick conference web pages.

i-Mean@UWE 3 - Language and Identity, UWE Bristol, 18-20 April 2013

The conference aimed to explore whether and to what extent bringing together different methodological and theoretical approaches can:

  • enhance understanding of identity attribution in interaction
  • lead to theoretically robust methodological innovation.

Exploring how speakers use language to claim an identity has been explored but also challenged in the various traditions (ranging from mainstream sociolinguistic theory to linguistic anthropology). In the broadly defined field of sociolinguistics there are many conceptualisations of 'identity'. Through language we actively construct and negotiate our self and social identities. It is through language that we index, directly and indirectly, who we are, how we wish to be perceived and where we (want to) belong. We see identity as (not exclusively but to a large extent) a linguistic phenomenon, dynamic and constantly evolving.

i-Mean@UWE 2 - Context and Meaning, UWE Bristol, 13-15 April 2011

The conference addressed the relationship between context and meaning, how context may be defined, how meaning is interpreted in context, how speakers create and negotiate context in interaction, and how context is dealt with in different research traditions. We seek to explore ways in which researchers can fruitfully work across methodological and disciplinary boundaries. Particularly in the (broadly defined) field of discourse analysis, there are widely recognised approaches which are often associated with specific methodological tools.

The conference aimed to explore whether and to what extent bringing together different methodological and theoretical approaches can:

  • enhance understanding of meaning in interaction
  • capture the contextual information which speakers draw upon dynamically in interaction
  • lead to theoretically robust methodological innovation

Papers were invited from researchers working across different linguistic fields and traditions, focusing on any aspect of meaning and context. 

i-Mean@UWE 1 - Meaning and Interaction, UWE Bristol, 23-25 April 2009

The conference aimed to disseminate cutting edge, multi-disciplinary research in the area of meaning in interaction. It  was unique in bringing together scholars working on meaning in interaction and others working on the impact of interaction on language structure. The two constituencies share an interest in the manner in which meaning is co-constructed and negotiated between interactants, thus leading to a form/function reconfiguration. The complexities of the interpretation of meaning can be more acute in intercultural encounters. The conference thus extended its scope to include the relatively new sub-discipline of intercultural pragmatics. It was  timely in reflecting a rising interest across a number of fields in issues in interpreting meaning. The conference hosted two colloquia on Workplace Discourse and Meaning in Diachrony.

Download and view the Conference proceedings.

Key note speakers: Professor Janet Holmes (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), Professor Elizabeth Traugott (Stanford University, USA), Dr Helen Spencer-Oatey (University of Warwick), Dr Véronique Traverso (Université de Lyon)

The i-mean conference was supported by: 
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(Bristol Centre for Linguistics)
Bristol City Council logo, SIETAR UK logo

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