International Conference
Critical Discourse and Linguistic Variation.
From sentence to text: linguistics and literature
Suceava, 12-13 December 2014

The Critical Discourse and Linguistic Variation International Conference, now at Fourth edition, proposes to PhD students and all those interested a general and integrative thematic under the title From sentence to text: linguistics and literature.

Textual analysis aims at explaining the processes and functions of the linguistic elements employed in written and oral texts. This type of analysis is by no means new. In fact, in Antiquity, Quintilian formulated a methodical questionnaire, aimed at determining the dynamics of the relevant characteristics of discourse. Stylistics borrowed from the field of rhetorics the identification, description, and classification of speech elements, as tools in cataloguing the changes of meaning. Nevertheless, the first attempts of textual analysis appear in the field of structural semantics, developed through the theories of Ferdinand de Saussure. Still, these attempts were more concerned with the study of speech, where meaning is more or less clear. That is why textual analysis proves to be more extensive than discourse analysis, although the two fields seem most of the times equivalent.

On the other hand, the analysis of a text aims at revealing its structure in order to characterize a literary work and its main constitutive elements. This way the subtly implied meanings of the literary work is revealed, by interpreting elements that accompany the text (means of production, general purpose) and by focusing over the characteristics of the text that seem independent from the awareness of the producer.

The objective of textual analysis, formulated in the works of G. Guillaume, is that of understanding thought. Starting from the description of meaning formulated through linguistic and para-linguistic methods, this type of analysis aims at understanding the production of meaning. This approach, developed especially in works concerning the field of praxematics, generates a methodology emphasizing the dynamic analysis of textual functions. In this case, the investigation of enunciation marks starts by considering the personal representations of space and time. The study of vocabulary (lexical fields, semantic networks, isotopes, key words, and discursive stereotypes) renders the image of referential classification, whereas the analysis of dialogical traits, of intertextuality, of the case of communication, and of the condition of meaning, determine the contextual production of significance. Therefore, the starting points in the production of meaning are signification, the discursive employment of language facts and the paraverbal.

Although there is no conceptual or methodological connection between textual and thematic analysis, the latter can be viewed as a variation of the former, because it concerns a certain type of texts, mythological, folkloric and literary. Thematic analysis is sometimes connected to the concept of theme as unifying vector of the literary work, because it is concerned with content elements of the text.

These research directions, suggested equally by us and others, are in accordance with the proposed problematic. They can constitute themes for research papers presented at the conference, organized by the Humanities Doctoral School, “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava. Those interesting in participating are invited to submit to debate their own research results, by reuniting and confronting various opinions and research directions (discourse analysis, linguistics, language history, stylistics, literary criticism and theory, interpretation, translation studies etc.).

The general themes of the conference will be organized in three sections:


1) New trends in evaluating the literary text

2) Discursive and textual analysis

3) Interdisciplinary approaches to discourse.


Languages of the papers: Romanian, French, English, Spanish, Italian, German.


Deadline for the participation fee (covering access to all conference sections, conference materials, certificate of attendance, coffee breaks, publishing the papers in a ISBN conference proceedings volume)

The payment details will be communicated at a further date.

Participation fee:

Romanian delegates:

-150 RON (attending the conference and publishing the paper)

-250 RON (publishing the paper, without attending the conference).

Delegates from abroad

-40 euro (attending the conference and publishing the paper)

-50 euro (publishing the paper, without attending the conference).