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7th International Pragmatics Conference (Budapest, 9-14 July 2000)

Organizational information
SITE: The 7th International Pragmatics Conference was held on 9-14 July 2000 on the premises of Budapest Technical University (Building K).

CONFERENCE CHAIR: Ferenc KIEFER (IPrA President and Director of the Linguistic Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: József ANDOR (Pécs), Wolfgang DRESSLER (Vienna), László KOMLÓSI (Pécs), Zoltán KÖVECSES (Budapest), Enikö NÉMETH (Szeged), Csaba PLÉH (Szeged), Gábor TOLCSVAI NAGY (Budapest)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE: In addition to the members of the Local Organizing Committee, the International Conference Committee included: Christiane BALTAXE (Los Angeles), Laura BENIGNI (Rome), Josie BERNICOT (Paris), Jan BLOMMAERT (Ghent), Thorstein FRETHEIM (Trondheim), Monica HELLER (Toronto), Alexandra JAFFE (Hattiesburg), Manfred KIENPOINTNER (Innsbruck), Kang-Kwong LUKE (Hong Kong), Jan NUYTS (Antwerp), Klaus-Uwe PANTHER (Hamburg), Ben RAMPTON (London), Srikant SARANGI (Cardiff), Alain TROGNON (Nancy), Jef VERSCHUEREN (Antwerp)

Topics
Central to the concerns of IPrA is interdisciplinarity. The choice of special topic, therefore, is never restrictive but rather intended as a necessarily shifting focus which may deepen the understanding of topics dealt with from a different angle.
SPECIAL TOPIC: COGNITION IN LANGUAGE USE -- The role of perception and representation, memory and planning, and metalinguistic awareness
OTHER TOPICS: The conference was open to all other pragmatics-related topics (where pragmatics is interpreted very broadly as a cognitive, social, and cultural perspective on language and communication). The distribution of topics across event types is described below.

Event types
Plenary lectures: A number of plenary lectures was given on a diversity of topics, some of general interest to pragmaticians, others directly related to the special topic of this edition of the International Pragmatics Conferences.
Lecture sessions: Regular lecture sessions (20-minute presentations followed by 5 minutes for discussion and allowing 5 minutes for switching between sessions) were reserved for individually submitted papers (as opposed to 'Panels' -- see below) which are directly related to the special topic of the conference.
Poster sessions: Poster sessions were largely devoted to individually submitted papers (as opposed to 'Panels'-- see below) of general interest. All posters stayed up for a whole day. Authors of posters were expected to be available for discussion during a period when no other sessions were held. Individually submitted papers which are less directly related to the special topic were placed here.
Panels: Panels take the form of a series of closely related lectures on a specific topic, which may or may not be directly related to the special topic of the conference. They may consist of one, two or three units of 90 minutes. Within each panel unit a maximum of four 15-minute presentations were given consecutively, followed by a minimum of 30 minutes of discussion (either devoted entirely to an open discussion, or taken up in part by comments by a discussant or discussants).
Data sessions: One proposal was accepted from a small group for a 90-minute presentation and discussion of a corpus of natural language data.