LINGUIST List 21.3338

Thu Aug 19 2010

Calls: Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Semantics/United Kingdom

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        1.    Christian Hoffmann, The Pragmatics of Quoting in CMC

Message 1: The Pragmatics of Quoting in CMC
Date: 17-Aug-2010
From: Christian Hoffmann <>
Subject: The Pragmatics of Quoting in CMC
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Full Title: The Pragmatics of Quoting in CMC Short Title: PragofQuo

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011 Location: Manchester, United Kingdom Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Wolfram Bublitz Meeting Email:

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

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2010

Meeting Description:

This panel addresses the pragmatics of quoting as a metacommunicative act in forms of computer-mediated communication (CMC). Surprisingly, not much research has been done into this intriguing topic even though quoting is doubtless one of CMC's most peculiar and also most frequent features; in fact, excessive quoting seems to be characteristic of several forms of CMC.

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 invite contributions which focus on the pragmatics of quoting in 'new' instead of 'old' media (books, newspapers, letters etc.) except for reasons of comparison. Leading questions are: -In which way is quoting achieved in CMC (i.e., what means, devices, strategies are employed)? -To what end is quoting used in CMC (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);

Call For Papers

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20 minutes presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and confined to one page (including examples and references) with 1-inch margins and a font no smaller than 11 point.

Please send a pdf-file to christian.hoffmann(at) The subject of the message should specify 'IPRA abstract', and the body of the message should include author name(s), affiliation(s) and contact information (including email address), and the title of the abstract.

The language of the conference session is English, and abstracts should be written in the language of presentation.

Important dates

September 30, 2010: Deadline for abstract submission October 15, 2010: Notification of acceptance July 3-8, 2011: IPRA Conference (Manchester)

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