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LINGUIST List 25.950

Tue Feb 25 2014

Calls: Text/Corpus Ling, Discourse Analysis, Socioling, Pragmatics, General Ling/Portugal

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 25-Feb-2014
From: Isabel Ermida <iermidailch.uminho.pt>
Subject: Internet Language: Communicating in a Global World
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Full Title: Internet Language: Communicating in a Global World

Date: 26-Jun-2014 - 27-Jun-2014
Location: Braga, Portugal
Contact Person: Isabel Ermida
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/site/internetlanguageconference/home

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2014

Meeting Description:

On 26-27 June 2014, the Department of English and North-American Studies of the University of Minho at Braga, Portugal, will host an International Conference on 'Internet Language: Communicating in a Global World'.

With the emergence of the World Wide Web in the 1990s, communicating became not only much easier but possible on a global scale. By transmitting messages online, human beings soon developed new, creative ways to connect verbally with one another, the variety of which came to be labeled 'computer-mediated communication' (CMC). This particular sort of discourse, as produced via networked computers, is a key element of present-day social and interpersonal interaction. Hence the lavish academic debate over the various forms that CMC takes, from email and comment boards to discussion groups, real-time chat and virtual reality role-playing games.

The linguistic features of the computer networked medium - which relies almost exclusively on visually-presented language - vary according not only to the kind of messaging system at stake, but also to the social and cultural backgrounds of the interactants. Besides, being free from the noise of other channels of communication and from physical context, they provide a privileged vantage point from which to investigate verbal interaction and the correlation between discourse and social practice.

Call for Papers:

We welcome contributions for 20-minute papers in English on any aspect of the study of Internet language and online discourse.

Possible topics include (but are not restricted to):

- Linguistic features of synchronous versus asynchronous online exchanges
- Written/oral and formal/informal dichotomies
- Lexical creativity
- Syntactic simplicity and structural fragmentation
- Expressive substitutes for auditory information (like prosody and laughter) and for gestural and body information
- Online conversational interaction
- Turn-taking: gaps, overlaps, interruptions
- Adjacency strategies: addressivity, linking, quoting
- Participation structures: one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many
- Uncertainty reduction strategies in the absence of nonverbal cues (self-disclosure, question asking, and question/disclosure intimacy)
- Speech-act design: online criticism, requesting, complaining, protesting, disagreeing, 'flaming', etc.
- Politeness versus impoliteness in CMC
- Online FTAs (face-threatening acts)
- Topic management
- Role of gender and age in ingroup versus outgroup interaction
- Questions of anonymity, accountability and physical, geographical and temporal detachment
- 'Netiquette' and FAQ discourse
- Socially-conditioned variation
- Use of discursive markers of social class, age, race and ethnicity (such as culture-specific lexis, code-switching, etc.)
- Adherence to culturally-prescribed gendered interactional norms
- Choice of online identity versus stereotyping
- Variation according to communication purpose (recreational, political, professional, pedagogical, creative, etc.)
- Discursive indicators of social and antisocial behaviour
- Social behaviour: affectivity, cohesiveness, and interactivity
- Antisocial behaviour: Negative socioemotional behaviour, group exclusion, and confrontational interaction
- Ideological expression of power hierarchies in virtual communities
- Discursive negotiation and expression of asymmetrical social relations in cyberspace
- Overrepresentation of white, middle class, English-speaking males in computer-mediated discourse
- Computer-mediated communication as a tool of either oppression or resistance
- Dominance of the English language on the Internet, and the consequent global spread of U.S. values and cultural practices

Abstracts of 250-300 words, including full title of paper, name of speaker, institutional affiliation and position, a bio-sketch and contact details (postal address and e-mail address), should be sent as Word attachments to Prof. Isabel Ermida simultaneously at iermidailch.uminho.pt and netlangconfgmail.com until 15 April 2014. Emails should be entitled: 'Internet Language Conference'.

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