Newsletter JANUARY 2015 Issue No. 5

The Institute of English Studies Newsletter,
University of Łódź

Editors: Agnieszka Rasmus, Anna Ewa Wieczorek
Our address: The Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź,
ul. Pomorska 171/173, 90-236 Łódź, Poland

The Institute of English Studies Newsletter is published for staff members as well as anyone interested in following the current developments and future activities of the Institute of English Studies at the University of Łódź. Each issue covers recent and upcoming events with regular updates on our conferences, publications, guest lectures and other educational and/or academic projects.

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In this fifth issue of the Newsletter, we provide updates about forthcoming conferences, recent publications and other important academic events. Read on to find out about our educational offerings and latest news updates.

Recent and forthcoming conferences hosted by the Institute of English Studies in 2014/2015

• Empirical Methods in Language Studies (EMLS 2014), Łódź, 7-8 April 2014

The conference took place in Łódź on 7-8 April 2014. It was organized by the Department of English and General Linguistics. The papers presented, analysed, and evaluated most recent empirical methods employed in such areas of linguistics as phonology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, evolution of language, non-verbal communication, signed languages, and others. The conference was attended by scholars from the Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Japan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, and South Korea.
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• Linguistic Methodologies 6 (Metodologie Językoznawstwa VI), Łódź, 15 May 2014

The purpose of the biannual event, held on 15th May 2014 and organised by the Department of English and General Linguistics, was to bring together representatives of various disciplines involved in the study of language, mainly linguists and philosophers. The seminar was conducted in Polish and gathered researchers from universities from all over Poland. The topics of lectures presented during the sixth edition of Linguistic Methodologies involved methodological issues in the following areas: synchronic and diachronic aspects of word-formation in Polish dialects (Irena Jaros), audio-visual translation (Łukasz Bogucki), eye-tracking and language processing (Anna Cieślicka), Polish Sign Language (Paweł Rutkowski), narratives as a tool and object of study (Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak), argumentation schemas (Krzysztof A. Wieczorek), contemporary research in rhetoric and dialectics (Piotr H. Lewiński), context in philosophical perspective (Tadeusz Ciecierski).
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• Practical Applications of Language Corpora (PALC 2014), Łódź, 20-22 November 2014

The Institute of English Studies at the University of Łódź held the 9th international PALC conference on 20-22 November 2014, at the University of Lodz Conference Centre in Łódź, Poland. Since 1997, the PALC conferences have served the international community of corpus linguists by providing a useful forum for the exchange of views and ideas on how corpora and computational tools can be effectively employed to explore and advance our understanding of language both in theoretical research and different areas of practical application. A special theme of this year’s PALC edition was be the applications of corpora and corpus linguistics methods in social sciences and humanities.
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• Teaching Translation And Interpreting (TTI 2014), Łódź, 28-29 November 2014

The 4th international TTI conference on was held on 28-29 November 2014 at the Łódź University Conference Centre in Łódź, Poland, Kopcińskiego 16/18.
The topics of the conference included, but were not limited to translation training, translation curricula, teaching, learning and training interpreting, teaching, learning and training audiovisual translation, translation training in the academia, translation competence, competencies of professional translator trainers, the use of computer in translation education and interdisciplinary approaches to translation education. The organisers intend to publish the proceedings after the Conference as a monograph volume devoted to the methodological issues in translator education.
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• Accents 2014, Łódź, 11-13 December 2014

ACCENTS is an annual conference organized by the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the University of Łódź, Poland. It brings together researchers and teachers interested in native and non-native accents of English, approached from a variety of theoretical and/or practical perspectives. Key issues discussed each year include individual accent characteristics, the dynamism of accent usage, accent teaching and learning, the methods and tools for accent studies. ACCENTS 2014 continued the discussion of characteristics, variability and function of phonetic/ pronunciation features in natural as well as in formal teaching contexts, focusing on the relationship between pronunciation research and pronunciation teaching by exploring what happens when 'accents go to school'. Invited talks included: John M. Levis (Iowa State University) "Four ways in which pronunciation research relates to classroom practice," and Włodzimierz Sobkowiak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań) "Some techniques of interactive phonolapsological scaffolding in graded e-readers for EFL learners" and "Phonolapsology of graded readers in EFL: PDI profile of a corpus of pedagogical text."
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• ICA Regional Conference 2015, Łódź, 9-11 April 2015

The ICA Regional Conference, organized jointly by 8 European universities and with the cooperation of the Polish Communication Association (PCA), under the auspices of the International Communication Association, will be held in Łódź on 9-11 April 2015. Six keynote speakers have confirmed their participation in ICA 2015:
Piotr Cap (University of Łódź), Boguslawa Dobek-Ostrowska (The Former President of the Polish Communication Association, University of Wrocław), Francois Heinderyckx (President ICA, Free University Brussels), Ayse Lahur Kirtunc (Ege University), Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics) and Jef Verschueren (International Pragmatics Association, Antwerp University).
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• 7th Łódź Symposium: New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics (NDLP2015), Łódź, 12-14 April 2015

The international NDLP conference will be organized on 12-14 April 2015 by the Department of Pragmatics of the University of Łódź. This 7th edition of the conference series aimed to 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/frameworks such as Gricean pragmatics, Speech Act Theory and presupposition. The following distinguished scholars have accepted to address the conference as keynote speakers: Mira Ariel (Tel Aviv University, Israel), Rukmini Bhaya Nair (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India), Anita Fetzer (University of Augsburg, Germany) Michael Haugh (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia) Daniel Z. Kadar (University of Huddersfield, UK), Andreas Musolff (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK), Jef Verschueren (University of Antwerp, Belgium), Deirdre Wilsons (University College London, UK)
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• The 6th International Maastricht-Łódź Duo Colloquium on "Translation and Meaning," Łódź, 18-19 September 2015

The Łódź Session of the 6th International Maastricht-Łódź Duo Colloquium on "Translation and Meaning" will be organized by the Institute of English Studies of the University of Łódź, Poland and be held at the Faculty of Philology/Institute of English Studies of the University of Lodz, 171/173 Pomorska Street, 90-236 Lodz on 18-19 September 2015. The Lodz Session will be geared towards theory, and will deal with theoretical aspects of the central theme of the Duo Colloquium and the sub-themes suggested for it. Participation is open among others to translators, interpreters, teachers of translation, teachers of interpreting, linguists, terminologists, terminographers, computer specialists, lexicographers and publishers. A selection of the contributions will be published in the form of proceedings.
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Recent publications

• Dynel, Marta (ed.) 2014 Special Issue on the Linguistics of Humorous Irony. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research: Volume 27, Issue 4 (Oct 2014). (JCR and SJR journal)

This special issue is comprised of six articles by experienced researchers in the field, who offer new insights into the linguistic characteristics of humorous irony. Representing several realms of study, endorsing different (sometimes conflicting) theoretical standpoints, and using diversified methodologies, the papers give a spectrum of linguistic approaches to humorous irony.
In their experimental study “On sarcastic irony, social awareness, and gender”, Ari Drucker, Ofer Fein, Dafna Bergerbest and Rachel Giora investigate men and women’s (non)humorous perception of sarcastic irony, an intrinsically aggressive form of humour. Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr., Gregory A. Bryant and Herbert L. Colston discuss the vexing issue of the affinity between irony and humour in verbal interaction from a psycholinguistic perspective. In “Differences in use and function of verbal irony between real and fictional discourse: (mis)interpretation and irony blindness”, Eleni Kapogianni differentiates between two types of irony and examines their humorous effects. Based on scripted examples taken from the television series entitled “House”, Marta Dynel discriminates between humorous irony and non-ironic humour which capitalises on overt untruthfulness and/or negative evaluation. In her paper entitled “The Clash: Humor and criticism in verbal irony” Joana Garmendia gives a critical overview of the Gricean approach, the echoic account, and the pretence theory, claiming that irony need not involve communicating the opposite and is not necessarily contingent on echoing or pretending, whilst humour is only one of its possible effects. Finally, Agnieszka Piskorska takes a competitive, echo-mention view of humorous irony and its failure, referring to a number of pertinent tenets of Relevance Theory.
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• Hart, Christopher and Piotr Cap (eds.) 2014. Contemporary Critical Discourse Studies. (Bloomsbury Academic)

CDS is a multifarious field constantly developing different methodological frameworks for analysing dynamically evolving aspects of language in a broad range of socio-political and institutional contexts. This volume is a cutting edge, interdisciplinary account of these theoretical and empirical developments. It presents an up-to-date survey of Critical Discourse Studies (CDS), covering both the theoretical landscape and the analytical territories that it extends over. It is intended for critical scholars and students who wish to keep abreast of the current state of the art. The book is divided into two parts. In the first part, the chapters are organised around different methodological perspectives for CDS (history, cognition, multimodality and corpora, among others). In the second part, the chapters are organised around particular discourse types and topics investigated in CDS, both traditionally (e.g. issues of racism and gender inequality) and only more recently (e.g. issues of health, public policy, and the environment).This is, altogether, an essential new reference work for all CDS practitioners.
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• Spyra, Piotr. 2014. The Epistemological Perspective of the Pearl-Poet. (Ashgate)

Original and engaging, this study presents the four anonymous poems found in the Cotton Nero MS - Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - as a composite text with a continuous narrative. While it is widely accepted that the poems attributed to the Pearl-Poet ought to be read together, this book demonstrates that instead of being analyzed as four distinct, though interconnected, textual entities, they ought to be studied as a single literary unit that produces meaning through its own intricate internal structure. Piotr Spyra defines the epistemological thought of Saint Augustine as an interpretive key which, when applied to the composite text of the manuscript, reveals a fabric of thematic continuity. This book ultimately provides the reader with a clear sense of the poet's perspective on the nature of human knowledge as well as its moral implications and with a deeper understanding of how the poems bring the theological and philosophical problems of the Middle Ages to bear on the individual human experience.

• Wicher, Andrzej, Spyra Piotr and Joanna Matyjaszczyk (eds.) 2014. Basic Categories of Fantastic Literature Revisited. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

A unique collection of essays on selected aspects of science-fiction, fantasy and broadly understood fantastic literature, unified by a highly theoretical focus, this volume offers an overview of the most important theories pertaining to the field of the fantastic, such as Tzvetan Todorov’s definition of the term itself, J.R.R. Tolkien’s essay ‘On Fairy Stories,’ and the concept of ‘Gothic space’. The composition and order of the chapters provide the reader with a systematic overview of major theoretical perspectives and serve as an accessible introduction to the topic of fantastic literature. The book combines reflection on various genres such as fantasy, science fiction, horror, Gothic writing, and even drama, offering a comprehensive overview of the fantastic across generic lines. The authors whose works are addressed by the volume’s twelve chapters include some of the most popular household names in fantastic literature, such as H.P. Lovecraft, George R.R. Martin, Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman. In addition, the volume also includes readings of contemporary fantastic literature against the backdrop of world literature classics, such as Homeric poetry, Edmund Spenser and the drama of the English Renaissance.

• Dynel, Marta and Jan Chovanec (eds.) 2015. Participation in Public and Social Media Interactions. [Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 256] (John Benjamins)

This book deals with participation frameworks in modern social and public media. It brings together several cutting-edge research studies that offer exciting new insights into the nature and formats of interpersonal communication in diverse technology-mediated contexts. Some papers introduce new theoretical extensions to participation formats, while others present case studies in various discourse domains spanning public and private genres. Adopting the perspective of the pragmatics of interaction, these contributions discuss data ranging from public, mass-mediated and quasi-authentic texts, fully staged and scripted textual productions, to authentic, non-scripted private messages and comments, both of a permanent and ephemeral nature. The analyses include news interviews, online sports reporting, sitcoms, comedy shows, stand-up comedies, drama series, institutional and personal blogs, tweets, follow-up YouTube video commentaries, and Facebook status updates. All the authors emphasize the role of context and pay attention to how meaning is constructed by participants in interactions in increasingly complex participation frameworks existing in traditional as well as novel technologically mediated interactions.
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• Bogucki, Łukasz, Goźdź-Roszkowski, Stanisław and Piotr Stalmaszczyk (eds.) 2015. Ways to Translation. (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego)

• Bogucki, Łukasz and Mikołaj Deckert (eds.) 2015. Accessing Audiovisual Translation. (Peter Lang Verlag)

Prizes and awards

• The European Language Label 2014 award for the DysTEFL project

The DysTEFL - Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language project, coordinated by Joanna Nijakowska and Marcin Podogrocki, receives the European Language Label 2014 award! The European Language Label is awarded to local, regional, and national projects that have found creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivate students, make the best use of available resources to diversify the languages on offer, and other innovative initiatives. ELL database for innovative projects in language teaching and learning contains projects that have received the European Language Label since 1999. The database aims to inspire practitioners, stakeholders and policymakers by presenting "best practices" in the field of language teaching and learning.
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• The ELTons 2014 award for the DysTEFL project

Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (DysTEFL) - ELTons 2014 winner of the award for excellence in course innovation! This award recognises innovation in the complete course packages which publishers produce for EFL or ESL learners of any age. The Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language course is an innovative professional development programme that aims to raise teachers’ awareness of the foreign language learning needs of dyslexic students.
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• The Ministry of Higher Education competition for distinguished young scholars

We are happy to inform that two of our colleagues, dr Mikołaj Deckert and dr Wit Pietrzak, have won the Ministry of Higher Education competition for distinguished young scholars.
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Other events

• Dr Magdalena Cieślak and dr Agnieszka Rasmus - Associate Editors for Poland for Reviewing Shakespeare

Dr Magdalena Cieślak and dr Agnieszka Rasmus have been Associate Editors for Poland for Reviewing Shakespeare since October 2013, soliciting and writing reviews of notable productions of Shakespeare's plays around the country. Anyone interested in publishing a review should contact the editors directly. Three new reviews by dr Cieślak have just appeared: one about the opening of the long-awaited Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre and the 18th Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival, one about Klata's Hamlet, and one about Macbeth - Horror Puppet Show.
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• New educational project: DysTEFL2 – Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

New educational project, entitled DysTEFL2 – Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (project with multiple beneficiaries; project number: 2014-1-PL01-KA200-003578; realisation time: 2014-2016), was launched at the University of Łódź under the Erasmus+ Programme, Key action 2: Strategic partnership; Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. The project is coordinated by Joanna Nijakowska from the Department of Pragmatics and Marcin Podogrocki from the International Educational Projects Office.