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Conference Information

Full Title: Urban Space Research Network Symposion

Short Title: USRN
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Start Date: 23-Oct-2014 - 25-Oct-2014
Contact: Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse
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Meeting Description: Cities are complex and ever contradicting symbolic worlds and, therefore, serve as prototypical examples of multimodal space(s). Many recent publications on written signs and semiotic theories of (urban) space in particular have discussed this multifaceted issue (e.g. Landry/Bourhis 1997, Scollon/Scollon 2003, Backhaus 2007, Jaworski/Thurlow 2010, Warnke 2013). Especially the field of Urban Linguistics (Busse und Warnke 2014) has contributed to this debate by including not only all linguistic aspects of the city in an urban model but also its multimodal features.

Thus, urban space is not a mere parameter of linguistic variation but, in this case, language and all other semiotic formations (be they road signs, literature, facebook comments, pinterest pins, songs, historic maps of cities or even dialects, advertising and image campaigns of, in and/or about cities, artistic interventions or cultures of memory etc.) are first and foremost viewed as parameters of declarative acts constituting urbanity, of urban meanings and, more generally speaking, of urban worlds.

Conference languages are both English and German.

Please see the Call for Papers or our website for further information.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.1185

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