This is an inaugural seminar of joint seminar series with University of Foreign Languages studies, Hue University and Hanoi University, Vietnam supported by the UQ Global Strategy and Partnership. Together with the two leading universities in Vietnam, we are planning to hold a series of seminar on various areas of Applied Linguistics over next six months.

The sociopragmatics of offence

Fri 4 Jun 2021 12:00pm2:00pm

Venue

Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14)
Room: 
219

Seminar hosted by UQ School of Languages and Cultures in collaboration with the University of Foreign Languages studies, Hue University and Hanoi University, Vietnam and supported by the UQ Global Strategy and Partnership.

Speaker:

Michael is Professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Queensland, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His research interests lie primarily in the field of pragmatics, with a particular focus on the role of language in social interaction. He works with recordings and transcriptions of naturally occurring spoken interactions, as well as data from digitally-mediated forms of communication across a number of languages, as he is ultimately interested in the ways in which pragmatic phenomena, such as (im)politeness, face, indirectness and teasing, have their distinct local flavours, both across and within languages and cultures. 

Title: 

The sociopragmatics of offence

Abstract: 

It has long been acknowledged that offence is something that can be caused and taken in everyday life, but it is something that has also become increasingly politicised in recent years. In this presentation, Professor Haugh will examine offence through the lens of research in sociopragmatics. He will discuss the contexts in which people take offence, the ways in which we talk offence into being, and how what counts as a moral offence in any particular moment can be, and very often is, disputed – including situations in which the person taking offence is claimed to be at fault.

The seminar will be held in-person in room 14-219 however there is also the option to login via Zoom, ID number TBC.