Discourse Markers in Romance languages 2019

The next International Conference on ‘Discourse Markers in Romance Languages’ (DISROM6) will be held at the University of Bergamo from May 29th to May 31st, 2019.

The Conference is one of a series of conferences on discourse markers in Romance languages (Madrid, 2010; Buenos Aires, 2011; Campinas, 2012; Heidelberg, 2015; Louvain-la-Neuve, 2017) and aims to build on the previous events, serving as a platform for internationally renowned linguists and young researchers alike to exchange views and ideas and to broaden their research perspectives.

This Conference’s theme will specifically question issues of crosslinguistic analyses of discourse markers in Romance languages and beyond.

Researchers on discourse markers in Romance languages are invited to submit contributions on this topic, as well as on related subjects including (but not restricted to):

  • definition of the discourse marker category;
  • lexicons of discourse markers;
  • discourse markers and their relation to other pragmatic categories;
  • syntax-prosody-discourse interface;
  • sociolinguistic approaches to discourse markers;
  • variation of discourse markers across registers, languages and language varieties;
  • translation studies;
  • L1 and L2 acquisition of discourse markers;
  • diachronic studies;
  • experimental studies;
  • corpus-based and computational studies;
  • applied studies (business language, legal discourse, educational settings, etc.).

With special reference to discourse marker research, the conference will be an opportunity to look at the findings provided so far by theoretical and applied linguistics and related disciplines. The following plenary speakers have already confirmed their attendance:

  • Kate Beeching (Bristol), Discourse markers derived from type-nouns: cognitive universals and crosslinguistic differences
  • Margarita Borreguero (Madrid), Perché abbiamo tanti marcatori discorsivi per segnalare l'accordo con l'interlocutore? Uno studio contrastivo tra alcune lingue romanze e germaniche
  • Liesbeth Degand (Louvain-la-Neuve), The paradox of Discourse Markers. Evidence from production under cognitive load
  • Bruce Fraser (Boston ), On the Order of Discourse Markers
  • Susanne Michaelis (Jena), Focus marking in creole languages

Important dates

31 October 2018 Deadline for abstract submission - !! The deadline has been extended to 10 November 2018!!

25 January 2019 Notification of acceptance

1st March 2019 Deadline for early bird registration fee

15 May 2019 Deadline for registrations

29 – 31 May 2019 Symposium dates


!! Please find below or download here the updated version of the conference programme and the book of abstracts.

DISROM6_book of abstracts .pdf
DISROM6_ final programme.pdf