LINGUIST List 24.2317

Wed Jun 05 2013

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Socioling, Translation, Pragmatics/Italy

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 05-Jun-2013
From: Cristina Nisco <>
Subject: Languaging Diversity International Conference
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Full Title: Languaging Diversity International Conference
Date: 10-Oct-2013 - 12-Oct-2013 Location: Naples, Italy Contact Person: Giuseppe Balirano
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2013

Meeting Description:

Languaging Diversity International Conference
10-12 October 2013, University of Naples L’Orientale (Italy)

Plenary speakers include:

Paul Baker (Lancaster University), Laura Gavioli (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia), Patrizia La Trecchia (University of South Florida), Peter Patrick (University of Essex)

Language can be considered a vehicle which often serves to convey identity values, and it can be seen as a space fostering the articulation and differentiation of identities. If and when the expression of individual and/or group diversity occurs within the social and discursive practices that represent identity as a process of negotiation, a performance (De Fina, Schiffrin, Bamberg 2006), language acquires a central role. The linguistic choices of speakers can be interpreted as a means to signal and highlight the way they construct their own and others’ identity (Le Page and Tabouret-Keller refer to ‘acts of identity’, 1985).

Based on these observations, the Conference intends to discuss various topics surrounding linguistic practices of diversity such as inclusion, exclusion, in-group and out-group, self and hetero-representations. It aims to examine the modes through which the diversity-related terminology (whether social, cultural, ethnic, sexual, gender, register, and so on) is linguistically articulated by and in discourse. Language allows for the deployment of multiple identities that offer a specific representation of the self through explicit linguistic means, lexical and stylistic choices, and grammatical structures. It is in language that diversity is articulated with discursive practices that conceptualize what they name (Halliday, 1994). Therefore, language would appear to be a crucial element in the development of any model of interaction which takes into account variation and the representations conveyed by the media.

Call for Papers:

The University of Naples L’Orientale, Italy, invites researchers and scholars to submit proposals for individual papers on the following theme: Language and Diversity Discourse.

Researchers and scholars are invited to submit original contributions exploring the thorny issue of Language and Diversity focusing on the discourses that emerge as bearers of the values of ‘alterity’.

Following the debates on the several modes in which identity is construed through language, the Conference will prompt a reflection on the relationship between language and ethnic and cultural identity (drawing on ongoing research, for instance, on buzz-words and expressions such as ‘colored’, ‘Negro’, ‘black’, ‘Afro-American’, ‘African American’); on the relationship between language and gender and/or sexual identity (drawing on studies on the stereotypes conveyed by the use of terms like ‘fag’, ‘queen’, ‘queer’, ‘dyke’, ‘butch’ and all attempts at linguistic sanitization); and, on any form of language diversification arising from contamination/hybridization/migration of genre(s), discourse(s) and text-typologies (such as changing forms and formats between spoken and written English, specialized discourse vs. popularized discourse, and so forth).

We invite submissions for abstracts for 20-minute presentations in any field related to the following macro-areas and methodological approaches that are to be understood as a general guideline and can be further extended:

- Critical Discourse Analysis
- Linguistic and cultural mediation
- Translation perspectives
- EFL, ESL, ELF, ESP and Corpus Linguistics
- Language crossing, switching, and mixing
- Language variation and language change
- Multimodal, digital and audio-visual discourse(s)
- Contrastive Pragmatics

Conference dates: 10-12 October 2013, University of Naples L’Orientale (Italy)

Call deadline: abstracts (250-350 words) should be submitted by 30 June 2013 (email: Notification of acceptance by 30 July 2013.

Abstract guidelines: title of presentation, author(s) name, institution, email address, 4 to 6 keywords

Updated info is available at

After a review process, notification of abstract review decision together with oral/poster presentation guidelines and Conference details will be emailed within two weeks of submission.

The Conference will be followed by publication, so a call will be sent out for submission of papers and final versions of contributions should be handed in by December 2013.

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