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Call for Papers

Extended deadline for submissions: 5th January, 2024

Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary is happy to host a conference on Changing Discourses in collaboration with the Discourse-Pragmatic Variation & Change network (DiPVaC, ) and DiscourseNet (

Changing discourses, in very broad terms, refer to the shifts and transformations that occur in the ways people talk about and understand particular topics over time. From a critical perspective, changing discourses are not simply a reflection of social, cultural, or technological changes, but are rather a site of power struggles and contestation. The fact that discourses change gradually as well as from one era to another can be due to a variety of factors, including social and political developments, changes in technology, and shifts in cultural norms. Furthermore, linguistic variation can occur within a discourse, where different dialects or languages are used to convey meaning. Social variation can also play a role in discourse, where language use may differ depending on factors such as social class, ethnicity, or gender. Finally, discourse variation can occur within a single speech community, where language use, such as the use of a discourse-pragmatic marker like so, well, you know, etc. may differ based on the context, topic, or audience. Together, these variations in language use reflect the complex and dynamic nature of language, shaped by a multitude of factors that influence how people communicate with one another.

The aim of the conference on changing discourses and discourse-pragmatic variation is to explore the ways in which language use shifts and evolves over time, as well as the factors that influence these changes. Participants at the conference are welcome to submit papers taking a descriptive approach and examine how changes in the political climate, society and technology impact language use, and how language use in turn shapes social and cultural practices. The conference will also explore how discourse-pragmatic variation manifests in different contexts, such as in professional settings, in interpersonal relationships, and in public discourse. Overall, the conference will provide a forum for scholars, researchers, and practitioners to engage in lively discussion and debate about the complexities of language use and its relationship to social and cultural change.

A particular aspect that will be welcome at this conference will be that of a critical analysis, which examines the ways in which language use reflects and reinforces power relations in society. For example, certain linguistic forms or discursive strategies may be used by dominant groups to maintain their power and privilege, while marginalized groups may use language to resist and challenge these power structures. Critical analysis examines how changes in discourses can either contribute to or undermine social justice and equality, and it might also explore how language use varies across different gender, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, and the ways in which these variations reflect broader societal inequalities.

We invite DiPVaC submissions that encompass a broad range of subjects, including but not limited to:

Suggested topics for DiscourseNet panels:

Programme Committee:

Marisa Brook, University of Toronto, Canada

Chloé Diskin-Holdaway, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Mirjam Eiswirth, University of Duisburg Essen, Germany

Manfred Stede, Universität Potsdam, Germany

Péter Furkó, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary

Csilla Dér, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary

Joseph Kern, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, USA

Yael Maschler, University of Haifa, Israel

Celeste Rodriguez Louro, The University of Western Australia

Jan Krasni, University of Tyumen, Russia

Changing Discourses – Aspects of Linguistic, Social and Discourse Variation

International Conference organized by Károli Gáspár University

in cooperation with

DiscourseNet and DiPVaC Research Network

Budapest, 12th-14th June 2024

Confirmed plenary speakers are

Chloé Diskin-Holdaway, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Miklós Kontra, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary

Manfred Stede, Universität Potsdam, Germany

Abstract submission and panel proposals

Please, submit panel proposals and abstracts at

Should you need help with submitting your proposal, please write to

Extended deadline for submissions: 5th January, 2024.

Please also include your name, affiliation, and contact information.

Please ensure that you include either ‘DiPVaC’ or ‘DiscourseNet’ as the first key word. Individual papers as well as panel proposals are welcome in the case of DiPVaC submissions, and panel proposals are welcome in the case of DiscourseNet submissions. For panel proposals, kindly include details about all presenters as co-authors, and designate the panel proposer as the first author.

If you are not a member of either DiPVaC or DiscourseNet, please visit their respective websites to determine the most appropriate category for your paper or panel proposal.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 20th February 2024

Local Organizers:

Péter Furkó 
Csilla Dér
Nóra Csontos
Beáta Kiltz
Mónika Pagony
Virág Zombory

Conference venue: Károli Gáspár University, Budapest

Conference date: 12th-14th June 2024

Conference website: dndipvac2024

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