LINGUIST List 23.3213

Fri Jul 27 2012

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/India

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Date: 27-Jul-2012
From: Anita Fetzer <>
Subject: Follow-ups in Mediated Political Discourse
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Full Title: Follow-ups in Mediated Political Discourse Short Title: IPrA
Date: 08-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013 Location: New Delhi, India Contact Person: Anita Fetzer
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2013

Meeting Description:

(Accepted) Panel: Follow-ups in Mediated Political DiscourseOrganized within the 13th International Pragmatics Conference, to be held in New Delhi, India, 8-13 September 2013 by Anita Fetzer, Elda Weizman and Lawrence N. Berlin


Anita Fetzer (

In our modern societies, political discourse can no longer be conceived of only as a static notion which has been produced at some location and some time. Rather, political discourse has become more and more dynamic due, in part, to our mediatised society, in particular to the so-called 'new media'. Against this background, it is necessary not only to analyse political discourse as a product, but also as a process. For this reason, the communicative act of follow-up, which is a process-oriented concept par excellence, is expected to shed new light on the process-oriented nature of political discourse.

This panel focuses on the analysis of the forms and functions of follow-ups, that is, how a particular discourse, discourse topic, or discourse contribution is taken up and negotiated between the communicators, and how it is commented on. Follow-ups are examined as communicative acts, in and through which the pragmatic force and/or content of a prior communicative act is accepted, challenged, or otherwise negotiated and elaborated on 1) in a narrow sense with reference to a locally adjacent communicative act or 2) in a broader sense with reference to some communicative act of the same discourse or of other discourses.

The discourses under investigation will comprise political discourse across spoken and written dialogic genres considering 1) the discourse domains of political interview, editorial, op-eds and discussion forum; 2) their sequential organization as regards the status of initial (or 1st order) follow-up, a follow-up of a prior follow-up (2nd order follow-up), or nth-order follow-up; and 3) their discursive realization as regards degrees of indirectness and responsiveness which are conceptualized along continua defined by degree of explicitness and degree of responsiveness (i.e., not containing any attenuation devices).

Call for Papers:

The panel encourages the use of compositional methodology anchored to 1) sociopragmatics as regards context, sequentiality, participant format, communicative action, implicature; 2) corpus linguistics as regards quantification of data in order to identify possible communicative patterns across discourse domains and cultures; 3) discourse analysis as regards the definition of genre; and 4) social psychology as regards face and face-work, and evasiveness.

Please send an abstract (500 words) to the three organisers.

Deadline: 1 September 2012Notification: 15 September 2012

Consistent with IPrA requirements, abstracts (500 words) should be sent to the three panel organizers ( by September 1, 2012. If accepted by the conveners, they will need to be submitted online individually by November 1, 2012: 'Though it is the panel organizer(s) who take(s) active responsibility for the quality of the contributions to their panel (i.e. they decide what is accepted), abstracts should, for all panel contributions, be submitted by the individual contributors separately by the 1 November 2012 deadline that will be handled for individual submissions (see below)' ( Presenters of papers at IPrA 13 must be members of IPrA.

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