LINGUIST List 11.1569

Tue Jul 18 2000

Calls: Ling Typology/correction, 'Chat'/Media/Culture

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  1. Bernard Comrie, Linguistic Typology/Tunis conference - Correction
  2. Felicity Meakins, 'Chat' M/C A Journal of Media of Culture - Final Call

Message 1: Linguistic Typology/Tunis conference - Correction

Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 12:48:52 +0100
From: Bernard Comrie <>
Subject: Linguistic Typology/Tunis conference - Correction

Correction to announcement of Tunis conference (Linguist List 11.1352.1)

[Please note the following corrected version of this call for papers. The
original message incorrectly identified the host institution. All other
information, including fax number and e-mail address, is correct.]

Call for abstracts
The Faculty of Letters (Group Language and Metalanguage) of the University
of Tunis I is organizing an international conference, sponsored by ALT
(Association for Linguistic Typology), on the topic "Reflexive and middle:
typological approaches", on 15-17 March 2001 in Tunis. Those interested are
asked to send the title of their paper and an abstract of 200 words to
Prof. Ahmed Brahim (e-mail:; fax +216 1 600 910)
before 15 November 2000.

Appel � communication
La Facult� de Lettres (Equipe Langage et M�talangage) de l'Universit� de
Tunis I organise un colloque international, patronn� par l'ALT (Association
for Linguistic Typology), sur le th�me "R�fl�chi et moyen: approches
typologiques", et ce les 15-17 mars 2001 � Tunis. Les personnes int�ress�es
sont pri�es d'envoyer le titre de leur communication et un r�sum� de 200
mots � M. Ahmed Brahim (courrier �lectronique:;
t�l�copieur +216 1 600 910) avant le 15 novembre 2000.

Prof. Dr. Bernard Comrie Director, Department of Linguistics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Inselstrasse 22 tel +49 341 99 52 301
D-04103 Leipzig NEW 01/00 tel secretary +49 341 99 52 315
Germany fax +49 341 99 52 119

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Message 2: 'Chat' M/C A Journal of Media of Culture - Final Call

Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 10:35:30 +1000
From: Felicity Meakins <>
Subject: 'Chat' M/C A Journal of Media of Culture - Final Call

Final Call for Contributions to the 'Chat' issue of M/C - A Journal of
Media and Culture
Edited by Felicity Meakins and Sean Rintel

Feature Article by Charles Antaki

Articles are due by the 24th of July 2000.

M/C (Media/Culture) is an electronic journal of media and culture published
by the Department of English Media and Cultural Studies Centre at the
University of Queensland in Australia. Established in 1998, M/C has
successfully grown in international standing among serious internet
journals. Please visit the site ( to read
through the latest issue and for more information.

Each issue of M/C is themed. For the issue released on the 23rd of August,
the theme is 'Chat'. The M/C 'Chat' issue is intended to be as broad a
survey of the mechanics, media, contexts and analysis of chat as possible.

Robert Hopper once described argued chat as technology - "humanmade
instrumentality that partially restructures the world." Hopper's notion is
an excellent starting point for the 'Chat' issue of M/C, devoted to the
exploration of this most pervasive of discursive modes, and, indeed, to the
reflexive exploration of how researchers analyse chat.

How does the technology of talk work, and what happens when talk is itself
mediated by other technologies? In what sense is chat "humanmade"? What
parts of the world can be restructured by chat, and how is this
accomplished? In M/C 'Chat' , any chat artefacts - semantic, syntactic,
phatic, contextual - may be put under the microscope.

The artefacts and underpinnings of the analysis of chat, as themselves
partially restructuring of the world, may also be highlighted in this
issue. Methodology and ideology of analysis certainly shape the
understandings of chat, particularly if those understandings are argued to
be of practical significance. What results might inductive, deductive or
adductive approaches to chat analysis provide, and how might they be
compared and contrasted? Similar questions could be asked of qualitative
and quantitative analysis. Are combinatory approaches viable?

Of course the next question becomes, not how chat restructures the world,
but what world it restructures. The world exists as a fractured entity,
both in the way we understand it, and in the way it breaks down along
cultural, social and relational lines. How do two people chat when their
perceptions of the world are inherently different? How much of this
represented information is mutual? In what ways does chat create ethnic
groups, perpetuate racism, sexism and ageism or generally signify the
other? How is it that we can swear at close friends and not at our
superiors? Chat, in these situations becomes a point of mediation between
the world and self - a highly constructed moment. But what happens when
chat itself is mediated? What happens to the world as we know it?

And to turn Hopper's statement on its head, we can ask how does the world
structure our chat? Why does a person who has been living in a foreign
country for 40 years still have an accent? When does "You saw that gas can
explode" become a declaration about gas exploding or a can exploding. Who
does "you" refer to. It seems obvious, but "you" in isolation is
meaningless. It seems that meaning sought from the world also enriches our

Articles are due by the 24th of July 2000. M/C 'Chat' will be released on
the 23rd of August 2000. Contributors are directed to previous issues of
M/C ( for article length and style

Please direct submissions to Sean Rintel ( or
Felicity Meakins (
Sean Rintel, Department of English,
The University of Queensland,
St. Lucia, Queensland, AUSTRALIA, 4072
PH: +61-7-3365-1125 FAX: +61-7-3365-2799
The opinions expressed in this email do not
reflect those of The University of Queensland.
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