LINGUIST List 23.3133

Fri Jul 20 2012

Calls: Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Socioling, Applied Ling/India

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 20-Jul-2012
From: Nicole Baumgarten <>
Subject: Pragmatics of Social Media Communication. Theoretical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
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Full Title: Pragmatics of Social Media Communication. Theoretical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Date: 08-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013 Location: New Delhi, India Contact Person: Nicole Baumgarten
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

Pragmatics of Social Media Communication. Theoretical, Cross-Cultural and Register PerspectivesPanel at the 13th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA) to be held in New Delhi, India, 8-13 September 2013

Social media (including mobile social media used on handheld devices such as smart phones and tablet computers) play an increasingly important role in communication in both the private and the professional spheres. People share everyday life experiences on social networking sites, blogs and microblogs (e.g. applications such as Facebook, MySpace, Renren, Qzone, Sina Weibo; Twitter); they chat online, post in internet forums, and text. Lately, businesses, too, have discovered social media as not-to-be-neglected platforms for and transmitters of internal and external corporate communication and as marketing tools (corporate blogs, company profiles on open social networking sites, operating or sponsoring special interest social networking sites, tweeting 'breaking' company news and sales alerts, etc.). Likewise, institutions (e.g. universities) have become more active in developing (interactive) online presences. Despite the growing importance of social media for private, professional and institutional communication, the language used in these contexts has - with the exception of private, native English-language computer-mediated communication - not yet received much systematic attention: Few suggestions have been made for a comprehensive framework for the analysis of these forms of communication, and few empirical studies have been carried out on professional and institutional social media communication, culture and language-specific aspects of social media communication, and on languages other than (the major varieties of) English.

The aim of this panel is to address these gaps a) by looking for appropriate models for the description and linguistic and discursive analysis of the modes, registers or genres of social media communication and b) by providing systematic, empirically-based descriptions of social media communication in up to now less studied languages/varieties and communicative contexts, in regard to the effect the specific contextual parameters of internet-based and mobile communication have on the user's use of language (the linguistic forms, their pragmalinguistic functions and sociopragmatic meaning).

2nd Call for Papers:

Submissions are invited for abstracts (max. 500 words) for presentations on the topic of 'The Pragmatics of Social Media Communication.' Papers should be 20 minutes in length. 10 minutes will be provided for comments, questions and discussion. We invite both theoretically-oriented contributions and empirical investigations of all forms of social media communication. Especially welcome are papers taking broadly discourse or register analytic approaches, ones with language contrastive or a contrastive pragmatics focus, and ones concerned with professional and institutional discourse in the broadest sense. Submissions could, for example, address the following topics:

- Classification of registers, genres and modes of social media communication along linguistic, contextual and other criteria- Pragmatic meaning of phenomena of computer-mediated communication- Realization of pragmatic phenomena in social media communication- Variation in social media communication- Culture-specific aspects of social media communication- Identity construction, self-promotion, maintenance of social relationships through social media communication- Media convergence- Implications of social media communication practices for (foreign) language teaching, literacy development, IT-product design and development

Submission Information:

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to (Germany)

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