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Full Title: Pragmatics of Social Media Communication. Theoretical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Location: New Delhi, India
Start Date: 08-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013
Contact: Nicole Baumgarten
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Meeting Description: Pragmatics of Social Media Communication. Theoretical, Cross-Cultural and Register Perspectives
Panel at the 13th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA) to be held in New Delhi, India, 8-13 September 2013

Social media (including mobile social media used on handheld devices such as smart phones and tablet computers) play an increasingly important role in communication in both the private and the professional spheres. People share everyday life experiences on social networking sites, blogs and microblogs (e.g. applications such as Facebook, MySpace, Renren, Qzone, Sina Weibo; Twitter); they chat online, post in internet forums, and text. Lately, businesses, too, have discovered social media as not-to-be-neglected platforms for and transmitters of internal and external corporate communication and as marketing tools (corporate blogs, company profiles on open social networking sites, operating or sponsoring special interest social networking sites, tweeting ‘breaking’ company news and sales alerts, etc.). Likewise, institutions (e.g. universities) have become more active in developing (interactive) online presences. Despite the growing importance of social media for private, professional and institutional communication, the language used in these contexts has - with the exception of private, native English-language computer-mediated communication - not yet received much systematic attention: Few suggestions have been made for a comprehensive framework for the analysis of these forms of communication, and few empirical studies have been carried out on professional and institutional social media communication, culture and language-specific aspects of social media communication, and on languages other than (the major varieties of) English.

The aim of this panel is to address these gaps a) by looking for appropriate models for the description and linguistic and discursive analysis of the modes, registers or genres of social media communication and b) by providing systematic, empirically-based descriptions of social media communication in up to now less studied languages/varieties and communicative contexts, in regard to the effect the specific contextual parameters of internet-based and mobile communication have on the user’s use of language (the linguistic forms, their pragmalinguistic functions and sociopragmatic meaning).
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.4152

This is a session of the following meeting:
13th International Pragmatics Conference

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