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Full Title: CLAVIER 13 - Discourse in and through the Media

Short Title: CLAVIER13
Location: Modena, Italy
Start Date: 06-Nov-2013 - 08-Nov-2013
Contact: Silvia Cacchiani
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Meeting Description: CLAVIER ( is a research group based in Modena and including a network of Italian universities (Bergamo, Florence, Milan State, Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Siena and Trieste) with an interest in combining two complementary strands of linguistic investigation - corpus analysis and discourse analysis - for a quantitative and qualitative study of language variation in English in terms of diachronic, geographic and socio-cultural dimensions. Within this research framework, CLAVIER is pleased to announce its 2013 International Conference:

Discourse in and through the Media. Recontextualizing and Reconceptualizing Expert Discourse.
Modena, 6-8 November 2013

Pre-Conference Workshop
Using the Sketch Engine for Corpus-based Discourse Analysis
Adam Kilgarriff
Modena, 6 November 2013, 9:30-12:30

Conference Information:

Recontextualizing and reconceptualizing expert discourse has become increasingly important in modern society. Yet although Knowledge Dissemination (KD) is now receiving increasing attention, the discursive strategies and the pragmatics of KD in and through the media have not received serious consideration. Knowledge dissemination can be seen as a form of ‘asymmetric’ communication between experts and lay-people, or ‘mediation’ of knowledge and intercultural and ‘inter-discourse communication’ (Scollon, Scollon 1995) between members of different cultures, discourse communities and communities of practice. This amounts to re-contextualization (Calsamiglia, Van Dijk 2004) and inclusion of types of ‘intralinguistic’ translations. Here, simplification, explicitation, reformulation (Mauranen 2006), reconceptualization of terms in the subject field ‘translate’ exclusive expertise into ‘comprehensible’ knowledge, suitable to the background of the addressee.

In this context, the aim of the conference is to stimulate the debate on a variety of aspects related to the representation of specialised discourse in and through the media, e.g. voice and point of view, argumentative practices, knowledge construction, multimodality, re-contextualization and re-conceptualization of knowledge, and peer-to-peer communication within genres aimed at knowledge dissemination and popularization. The conference is intended to encourage cross-generic and cross-disciplinary investigations, in an attempt to advocate integrated approaches to the study of media discourse with a view to both theoretical background and practical applications. More specifically, the key-issues of the conference include (but are by no means limited to) the following:

- Web genres and web-mediated knowledge dissemination
- Register variation and knowledge representation across media
- Re-contextualizing knowledge in and through the media
- Genres of knowledge dissemination, from both a synchronic and a diachronic point of view

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

Colleen Cotter, Queen Mary University of London
Anna Mauranen, University of Helsinki
Cornelius Puschmann, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Oxford

Members of the scientific committee will also be presenting their current research.

The conference will start early in the afternoon on the first day and close around lunchtime on the third day, with a roundtable in which participants and invited speakers will discuss theoretical and methodological issues emerged from the papers presented in the previous sessions.

A Sketch Engine Pre-Conference Workshop on Using the Sketch Engine for Corpus-based Discourse Analysis will be held by Adam Kilgarriff (Lexical Computing Ltd, UK) on Wednesday 6 November (9:30-12:30). More information will be available shortly on the conference website. Participation is free but places are limited. If you wish to participate, please send an email to
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.2857

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