17th International Conference on Pragmatics & Language Learning

The 17th International Conference on Pragmatics & Language Learning (PLL) was held on March 26-28, 2007, at the Imin International Conference Center adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) campus. The three-day conference was sponsored by the UH National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), the UH National Resource Center­ East Asia (NRCEA), the UH College of Languages, Linguistics, & Literature (LLL), and the UH Department of Second Language Studies (SLS).

The International Conference drew 279 participants from the U.S. mainland, Japan, a number of other countries from Asia, the Pacific, Europe, and Hawai‘i, with nearly 60% of attendees being faculty, staff, and/or researchers.

The gathering featured two plenary addresses, two invited colloquia, two invited workshops, nearly 100 paper presentations, and 23 poster presentations. The conference addressed a broad range of topics in prag-matics, discourse, interaction, and sociolinguistics in relation to second and foreign language learning, education, and use, approached from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. The conference also focused on how research into sociolinguistics and pragmatics (the way language is used when interacting with others) can be applied to the language learning classroom. The languages of East Asia were especially well-represented.

Conference highlights included plenary talks by Dr. Junko Mori, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Dr. Steven Talmy, University of British Columbia; invited colloquia convened by Dr. Haruko Cook, UHM, and Dr. Christina Higgins ,UHM; invited workshops by Dr. Kenneth Rose, City University of Hong Kong, and Dr. Julie Belz, Monterey Institute of International Studies; paper/poster presentations, and a variety of planned social events.

The Conference was organized by Program Chairs Gabriele Kasper, Second Language Studies, UHM, Hanh Thi Nguyen, International Studies, Hawai‘i Pacific University, and Dina Yoshimi, East Asian Languages & Literatures, UHM & Organizing Chair Jim Yoshioka, Pro-gram Coordinator, National Foreign Language Resource Center, UHM.

See the following URL for more details: http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/prodev/pll/