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Full Title: Pragmatics of Genre Formation

Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Start Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Contact: Helmut Gruber
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Meeting Description: Although genres are conceptualized differently in different theories, a general consensus exists that they are semiotic forms of social action which reflect the social purpose they serve in the group(s) that use(s) them (e.g. Ehlich & Rehbein, 1986; Martin, 1992; Miller, 1994). Much less consensus, however, exists on the question of how stable (or not) genres are and how new genres come into existence. The phenomenon of genre-emergence gives rise to a series of interesting, yet so far under-researched, questions:

- Under which conditions do new genres “emerge” (bottom-up) from existing ones and when are they “implemented” (top-down) in more or less formal ways?
- How do different macro-contextual forces (like social and political transformations, technological innovations, historical and institutional changes, etc.) impact the (micro-level) everyday communicative practices in which genres are realized?
- Do new communicative forms (like social media platforms) have a “pulling” effect (in the sense that they stimulate new communicative needs) on the formation of new genres?
- How are the contextual (social, institutional, technological, political) factors that influence genre formation are accounted for in different linguistic genre theories?

Being aware that each of these questions can be answered differently according to the theoretical angle under which they are approached and according to the empirical data which are investigated, the panel aims at bringing together scholars who have been investigating various aspects of the formation of new genres in historical media studies, communication in social media and various settings of institutional discourse.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.2801

This is a session of the following meeting:
14th International Pragmatics Conference

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