We welcome pragmatically-oriented studies in different languages focusing on initial encounters or small talk amongst previously unacquainted individuals in both intracultural and intercultural settings. It is anticipated that there will be approximately 30 minutes allocated per paper (20 minutes for presentation followed by 10min for Q&A).

There are plans to publish a selection of papers in an edited special issue of an appropriate journal.

Abstract submission:

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due by 30 June to Valeria Sinkeviciute (v.sinkeviciute@uq.edu.au)
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 10 July.

About Getting Acquainted Across Cultures

Getting acquainted with others is one of the most basic interpersonal communication events. Yet there have only been a limited number of studies that have examine variation in the interactional practices through which unacquainted persons become acquainted and establish relationships in different languages and cultures (e.g. Haugh and Carbaugh 2015; Maynard and Zimmerman 1984; Schneider 1988; Svennevig 1999; Usami 2002). In light of recent interest in this topic, the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland is organising a one-day research workshop, Getting Acquainted across Cultures, on the 20th October 2017.

Our keynote speaker will be Professor István Kecskés (University of New York at Albany).

This is a free event.

Organisers: Michael Haugh & Valeria Sinkeviciute 

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