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        1.    Christian Hoffmann, The Pragmatics of Quoting in (New) Media

Message 1: The Pragmatics of Quoting in (New) Media
Date: 01-Oct-2010
From: Christian Hoffmann <Christian.Hoffmannphil.uni-augsburg.de>
Subject: The Pragmatics of Quoting in (New) Media
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The Pragmatics of Quoting in (New) Media
Short Title: PragofQuo

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact: Christian Hoffmann
Contact Email: Christian.Hoffmannphil.uni-augsburg.de

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

The pragmatics of quoting in (new) media

12th IPrA Manchester 2011
Wolfram Bublitz and Christian Hoffmann

This panel addresses the pragmatics of quoting as a metacommunicative act in
(old and) new media. Surprisingly, there is still little linguistic research on
this intriguing topic even though quoting is doubtless one of the most peculiar
and also most frequent features in discourse; what is more, excessive quoting
seems to be characteristic of several forms of CMC.

With Internet-based forms of CMC we refer to websites, weblogs, discussion fora
and message boards, chats, emails, social networking sites (and others). They
stand in between the medium, i.e. Internet-compatible network of computers
and/or mobile devices, and the text, i.e. the sign-related discourse. Though not
tangible like a computer or a book, forms of communication originate in
information technology and emerge in the contextual embedding of the text. We
adopt the established reading of quoting as the act of transferring a source
text of an author A1 from its context to another (temporally and locally
shifted) context by a quoter (A1 or A2) as a target text (quotation); to this we
append the medium-induced amendment that the quoter can be non-human software
(and quoting accordingly a process rather than an act). With the advent of CMC,
quoting has undergone a metamorphosis as to its forms, socio-technological
potential of textual reproduction and manipulation, functional range and, in
general, as to its pragmatics.

We therefore invite contributions which focus on the pragmatics of quoting in
'new' and/or 'old' media (books, newspapers, letters etc.).

Leading questions are:

-In which way is quoting achieved (i.e., what means, devices, strategies are
employed)?
-To what end is quoting used (i.e., what are the motives and functions behind
quoting)?
-Who is the quoting agent (i.e., is quoting actively and intentionally performed
by a human user or executed automatically by non-human software)?

In particular, we wish to encourage the discussion of verbal, kinesic, pictorial
or filmic quotation signals which evoke and indicate pragmatic functions of
quotations in new media contexts (e.g. stylistic embellishment,
authentification, alignment and affiliation, topical coherence, dialogicity,
etc.) - and the kind and degree of technological reproductivity
(automatization), intentionality and authorship in quotes of different
Internet-based text genres, ranging from manual citations and copy-paste
procedures (in chats and weblogs) to semi-automatic quotes (in emails or message
boards) and fully automatic reproductions (in social network sites);

Since the panel explores the pragmatic power of quotations at the interface of
different media (remediation), different texts (intertextuality), different
contexts (relevancy) and different modes (multimodality), we believe that it
fits perfectly the topical orientation of the conference.
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