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Discourse traditions workshop (24/6–26/6/2021)

Old wine in new bottles?
Discourse Traditions in the light of recent approaches to textual analysis and language variation

organized by Esme Winter-Froemel & Álvaro S. Octavio de Toledo y Huerta

24‒26 June 2021, Würzburg (Germany) [online venue]

A positive side-effect of pandemic-related online conferences is that everyone can easily get connected from any part of the world. And so, from June 24 to 26, more than sixty guests from 15 different countries followed an invitation by Prof. Dr. Esme Winter-Froemel from the Romance linguistics department at the University of Würzburg and Prof. Dr. Álvaro Octavio de Toledo y Huerta from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and participated in a three-day workshop entitled Old wine in new bottles? Discourse Traditions in the light of recent approaches to textual analysis and language variation. The concept of Discourse Traditions, whilst being widely referred to in contemporary Romance studies, competes with other approaches in international linguistic research that focus on text structure and discourse phenomena, e.g. corpus linguistics, text linguistics, discourse analysis and computational approaches. The workshop aimed to discuss the contributions of these different approaches and frameworks, as well as to explore new perspectives for research on discourse traditions. The participants engaged in a packed programme of various talks on the subject followed by intense discussions. The papers presented at the highly successful and productive workshop will be published in the "Manual of Discourse Traditions in Romance", edited by Esme Winter-Froemel and Álvaro S. Octavio de Toledo y Huerta, to be included in the renowned series of the Manuals of Romance Linguistics at De Gruyter.   (Lukas Eisend)


Thursday, June 24

14.15–14.30 Introduction and welcome
  Chair: Esme Winter-Froemel
14.30–15.10 Johannes Kabatek (Zürich): Discourse traditions and the historicity of language
15.10–15.50 Angela Schrott (Kassel): Conceptual developments in discourse traditions theory
15.50–16.30 Araceli López Serena (Sevilla): Discourse traditions and variation linguistics
16.30–17.00 Break
  Chair: Bert Cornillie
17.00–17.40 Santiago del Rey Quesada (Sevilla): Discourse traditions at the intersection of Romance and Latin in the Early Modern Period: Dialogue, Poetry, and Translation
17.40–18.20 Esme Winter-Froemel / Carlotta Posth (Würzburg / Freiburg): Discourse traditions in the history of French
18.20–19.00 Álvaro S. Octavio de Toledo y Huerta (Madrid, Autónoma): Discourse traditions in the history of European Spanish: Intensive elaboration and discourse-traditional features
19.00–19.30 Wrap-up discussion

Friday, June 25

  Chair: Franziska Kailich
14.30–15.10 Konstanze Jungbluth / Valéria Gomes (Frankfurt an der Oder / Pernambuco): Discourse traditions in synchrony
15.10–15.50 Malte Rosemeyer (Regensburg): Discourse traditions and corpus linguistics
15.50–16.30 Emmanuel Cartier (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord): Discourse traditions and computational linguistics
16.30–17.00 Break
  Chair: Sandra Ellena
17.00–17.40 Daniel Jacob (Freiburg): The transition from Latin to Romance and the role of discourse traditions
17.40–18.20 Maria Selig (Regensburg): Discourse traditions in the early Romance period (with a focus on Gallo-Romance varieties)
18.20–19.00 Massimo Palermo / Jacqueline Visconti (Siena / Genova): Discourse traditions, text linguistics and historical pragmatic
19.00–19.30 Wrap-up discussion

Saturday, June 26

  Chair: Álvaro Octavio de Toledo y Huerta
14.30–15.10 Christophe Gérard / François Rastier (Strasbourg / CNRS): Discourse traditions, genres, and rhetorics
15.10–15.40 Final discussion

The programme is also available in pdf format.


The workshop will take place in an online format. Participation is free. Please register by Wednesday 23 June 2021 (11 am) by sending an e-mail with your name and your contact information to
The link to access the workshop and presentations will be sent out to the participants shortly before the workshop.

Contact information:

Prof. Dr. Esme Winter-Froemel (