LINGUIST List 21.3874

Sun Oct 03 2010

Calls: Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Semantics/United Kingdom

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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 <>
Subject: The Pragmatics of Quoting in (New) Media
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Full Title: The Pragmatics of Quoting in (New) Media Short Title: PragofQuo

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011 Location: Manchester, United Kingdom Contact Person: Christian Hoffmann Meeting Email:

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

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2010

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.

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

October 15th 2010: Deadline for submission of abstracts October 25th 2010: Notification of acceptance July 3-8, 2011: IPRA Conference (Manchester)

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