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Interpreting for Relevance:

Discourse and Translation



Institute of English Studies

University of Warsaw






Interpreting for Relevance:

Discourse and Translation

Conference 7


29-30 September 2014

Warsaw, Poland



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Call for papers (.pdf version)

Programme (pdf version)


About Warsaw

Abstracts (pdf version)




We are pleased to announce that the seventh biennial conference Interpreting for Relevance: Discourse and Translation will be held on 29-30 September 2014 in Warsaw.


The conference aims to provide a venue for linguists and other scholars to explore phenomena of human communication and cognition from the perspective of relevance theory as well as related and competing approaches. We would also like to encourage those interested in translation studies and literary analysis to test and evaluate the efficiency of relevance theory with regard to those fields of studies. Papers are invited that range from purely theoretical linguistic and/or pragmatic studies to empirical applications in language, translation and literature.


The seventh IfR conference seeks to explore the theme of “Style and Stylistics”, from the perspective of Relevance Theory as well as other, related or competing approaches. We would like to encourage those interested in linguistics, translation studies and literary analysis to contribute papers pertaining to problems of style, broadly conceived as a relationship between form and communicative effects.


We welcome submissions in the following areas:


- the contribution of decoding and inference to stylistic effects;

- routes of metaphor interpretation;

- developments in the studies on metonymy and hyperbole;

- the literal/non-literal continuum;

- the interaction of inferential processes in achieving stylistic effects;

- procedural meaning, cohesion and coherence;

- style and argumentation;

- humor and irony in the creation of style;

- the potential of languages to express stylistic effects;

- social implications of stylistic choices;

- the interaction of style, genre, and relevance;

- styles across cultural and intellectual traditions;

 - styles in translation.


Paper presentations will be organised around major topics, depending on the contents of the submissions. The format is 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes question time. Proposals for workshops, panel discussions and other sessions are welcome. Plenaries will take 60 minutes including discussion.



Plenary speakers:





Billy Clark (Middlesex University, UK)

Alison Hall (University College London, UK)

Jadwiga Linde-Usiekniewicz (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Deirdre Wilson (University College London, UK and CSMN, University of Oslo, Norway)





Abstracts, consisting of up to 500 words (together with examples and references) should be sent to ifr@uw.edu.pl.


In the plain text part of your e-mail, please supply the following information:

-         name, title/position

-         title of the paper

-         affiliation

-         e-mail address



Deadline for receipt of abstracts:

Notification of acceptance:

Deadline for registration:

31 May 2014

15 June 2014

30 July 2014


Contact and more information:











Ewa Wałaszewska

Agnieszka Piskorska





Magdalena Biegajło (conference assistant)



Institute of English Studies

University of Warsaw

Nowy Świat 4

00-497 Warszawa, Poland




Previous IfR conferences:



For more information about previous IfR conferences, click HERE

For more information about previous post-conference publications, click HERE




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