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Steve Oswald

Post-doctorant

Centre de sciences cognitives

Pierre à Mazel 7
CH-2000 Neuchâtel

steve.oswald@unine.ch

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Activités scientifiques

  • Editorial responsibilities
as of 2013: Member of the editorial board of the journal Journalism and Discourse Studies
as of 2013: Member of the Review Board of the argumentation series of the journal Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric, (Mouton de Gruyter)
as of 2012: Member of the editorial board of Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy (Springer)
as of 2011: Member of the editorial board of CADAAD (Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines) journal
 Fellowships
03.2008-03.2009: Swiss National Science Foundation ‘Fellowship for prospective researchers’ (Project n° 119687)
  • Conference organisation
2015: Argumentation & Language, University of Lausanne, September 9-11.
2015: 1st European Conference on Argumentation (ECA), Lisbon.
2014: CDA20+ Symposium, VU University Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam, September 8-9
2011: Communication & Cognition 2011: Manipulation, Persuasion and Deception in Language, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, January 26-28.
2010: 6èmes journées Suisses de Linguistique, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 9-10 December.
2009: “Langue Française en contextes”, Association for French Language Studies Conference 2009, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, September 3-5.
  • Reviewing
2013: Critical Discourse Studies (Taylor & Francis), Language and cognition (Mouton de Gruyter), Topoi (Springer), Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric (Mouton de Gruyter)
2012: Lingua (Elsevier), Text & Talk (Mouton de Gruyter), Topoi (Springer), Journal of Language and Politics (John Benjamins), Argumentation (Springer), Routledge monographs
2011: Argumentation (Springer), Journal of Language and Politics (John Benjamins), CADAAD Journal
2010: 6èmes journées Suisses de Linguistique, 9-10 December, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Member of the scientific committee), Communication & Cognition 2011: Manipulation, Persuasion and Deception in Language (Member of the scientific committee), Argumentation (Springer)
2008: KhosraviNik, M. & Polyzou, A (eds.) Papers from the Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching (LAEL PG) (Volume 2, Papers from LAEL PG 2007)

 

Enseignements

Unine, Analyse du discours, 2ème et 3ème année bachelor

 

Parcours

Academic affiliations
 
10.2013-present: Postdoctoral Fellow, English Domain, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
 
09.2013-present: Lecturer in Discourse Analysis, Université de Neuchâtel
 
09.2012-08.2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Cognitive Science Centre, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
 
09.2010-08.2012: Assistant Professor, dept. of Language and Communication, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
 
03.2005-09.2010: Teaching assistant & PhD student, dept. of Language and Communication Science, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
 
03.2008-02.2009: Visiting PhD student, dept. of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, UK.
 
Education
 
03.2005-12.2010: PhD Thesis, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, on the pragmatics of manipulative communication
 
09.1998-07.2004: Licence in Linguistics, Spanish language & literature, and Philosophy at the University of Geneva, Switzerland
 
04.1998-08.1998: Certificate of Proficiency in English, London, UK
 
01-1997-12.1997: Freshman at Lincoln University College, Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
10.1990-12.1996: French Baccalauréat in Science at the Lycée Franco-Argentin Jean Mermoz, Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
 
CV détaillé : ici !
 

Publications

Edited volumes
 
Cover JoP 59Bwith Didier Maillat (2013). Biases and constraints in communication: argumentation, persuasion and manipulation. Special issue of the Journal of Pragmatics 59(B).
 
Rhetoric & Cognition
 
With Thierry Herman (2014). Rhétorique et cognition : perspectives théoriques et stratégies persuasives / Rhetoric and cognition: theoretical strategies and persuasive strategies (bilingual volume). Bern: Peter Lang.
 
Thesis
(2010, unpublished). Pragmatics of uncooperative and manipulative communication. PhD dissertation, ms., University of Neuchâtel.
 
Articles and book chapters
 
Submitted and forthcoming
submitted) “Rhetoric and cognition: pragmatic constraints on argument processing”[pdf]. Proceedings of the 5th Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS V).
in preparation) with Louis de Saussure & Didier Maillat. “Deceptive and uncooperative verbal communication”. In Louis de Saussure & Andrea Rocci (eds.). Verbal Communication. Volume of the Handbook of Communication Science, Mouton de Gruyter.
2014
with Marcin Lewiński. “Pragmatics, cognitive heuristics and the straw man fallacy”[pdf]. In Herman, Thierry & Oswald, Steve (eds.). Rhétorique et cognition: perspectives théoriques et stratégies persuasives. Bern: Peter Lang.
“It is easy to miss something you are not looking for: A pragmatic account of covert communicative influence for (critical) discourse analysis”. In Hart, C. & Cap, P. (eds.), Contemporary Studies in Critical Discourse Analysis, London: Bloomsbury. 97-120.
with Thierry Herman. “Introduction”. In Herman, Thierry & Oswald, Steve (eds.). Rhétorique et cognition : perspectives théoriques et stratégies persuasives. Bern: Peter Lang.
2013
with Marcin Lewiński. “When and how do we deal with straw men? A normative and cognitive pragmatic account”[pdf]. In Maillat, Didier & Oswald, Steve (eds.). Biases and constraints in communication: argumentation, persuasion and manipulation. Special issue of the Journal of Pragmatics (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2013.05.001)
with Alain Rihs. “Metaphor as argument: Rhetorical and epistemic advantages of extended metaphors”. Argumentation. (DOI 10.1007/s10503-013-9304-0)
with Chris Hart. “Trust based on bias: cognitive constraints on source-related fallacies”[pdf]. in Mohammed, D., & Lewiński, M. (Eds.). Virtues of Argumentation. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), 22-26 May 2013. Windsor, ON: OSSA, pp. 1-13.
2011
with Didier Maillat. “Constraining context: a pragmatic account of cognitive manipulation”[pdf]. In Hart, C. (ed.). Critical discourse studies in context and cognition. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 65-80.
“From interpretation to consent: Arguments, beliefs and meaning”[pdf]. Discourse Studies 13(6): 806-814.
2009
with Didier Maillat. “Defining manipulative discourse: the pragmatics of cognitive illusions”[pdf]. International Review of Pragmatics 1 (2): 348-370.
with Louis de Saussure. “Argumentation et engagement du locuteur. Pour un point de vue subjectiviste”[pdf]. Nouveaux Cahiers de Linguistique Française 29: 215-243.
2008
with Louis de Saussure. “L’engagement comme notion cognitive associée au destinataire”[pdf]. L’analisi linguistica e letteraria XVI (Special issue: Word meaning in argumentative dialogue), 475-488.
◾with Patrick Morency & Louis de Saussure. “Explicitness, implicitness and commitment attribution: A cognitive pragmatic approach”[pdf]. Belgian Journal of Linguistics 22: 197-219.
2007
“Towards an Interface between Pragma-Dialectics and Relevance Theory”[pdf]. Pragmatics and Cognition (15:1) (Special issue: Pragmatic Interfaces), 179-201.
“Argumentation and Cognition: Can Pragma-Dialectics Interplay with Pragma- Semantics?”[pdf]. CADAAD (Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines) eJournal 1, 148-165.
2005
(unpublished). “Pragmatique de la communication non-coopérative et manipulatoire”, PhD research project, University of Neuchâtel, 2005.
2004
(unpublished). “Les discours péronistes en Argentine entre 1943 et 1955: Aspects manipulatoires propositionnels et non-propositionnels”, Master Thesis, ms. University of Geneva.
 
Translations
(2014). Sperber, Dan, Clément, Fabrice, Heintz, Christophe, Mascaro, Olivier, Mercier, Hugo, Origgi, Gloria & Wilson, Deirdre. “La vigilance épistémique”. In Herman, Thierry & Oswald, Steve (eds.). Rhétorique et cognition : perspectives théoriques et stratégies persuasives. Bern: Peter Lang.
(2006). Johnson, Sally. “Orthographe, légitimation et construction des ‘publics’: débats idéologiques et linguistiques autour de la récente réforme de l’orthographe allemande”. In Bulletin VALS-ASLA 83(2): 33-52.

 

 

 

 

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Projets de recherche

Biased communication: The Cognitive Pragmatics of Fallacies

Domaines de recherche

 

Research disciplines

  • Pragmatics
  • Argumentation Theory
  • Cognitive Science
  • Discourse Analysis

Research domains

  • Uncooperative communication, manipulation and deception
  • The cognitive psychology – linguistics interface
  • Humour
  • Information-processing and cognitive modules
  • Relevance Theory
  • Arguments and fallacies
  • The notion of commitment in linguistics and pragmatics