LINGUIST List 25.2801

Thu Jul 03 2014

Calls: Pragmatics, Socioling, Discourse Analysis, Historical Ling, Applied Ling/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 03-Jul-2014
From: Helmut Gruber <>
Subject: Pragmatics of Genre Formation
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Full Title: Pragmatics of Genre Formation

Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Contact Person: Helmut Gruber
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2014

Meeting Description:

Although genres are conceptualized differently in different theories, a general consensus exists that they are semiotic forms of social action which reflect the social purpose they serve in the group(s) that use(s) them (e.g. Ehlich & Rehbein, 1986; Martin, 1992; Miller, 1994). Much less consensus, however, exists on the question of how stable (or not) genres are and how new genres come into existence. The phenomenon of genre-emergence gives rise to a series of interesting, yet so far under-researched, questions:

- Under which conditions do new genres “emerge” (bottom-up) from existing ones and when are they “implemented” (top-down) in more or less formal ways?
- How do different macro-contextual forces (like social and political transformations, technological innovations, historical and institutional changes, etc.) impact the (micro-level) everyday communicative practices in which genres are realized?
- Do new communicative forms (like social media platforms) have a “pulling” effect (in the sense that they stimulate new communicative needs) on the formation of new genres?
- How are the contextual (social, institutional, technological, political) factors that influence genre formation are accounted for in different linguistic genre theories?

Being aware that each of these questions can be answered differently according to the theoretical angle under which they are approached and according to the empirical data which are investigated, the panel aims at bringing together scholars who have been investigating various aspects of the formation of new genres in historical media studies, communication in social media and various settings of institutional discourse.

Call for Papers:

By presenting empirically based investigations, the participants will critically reflect (a) on the factors which influence the emergence/formation/implementation processes of new genres and (b) on the theoretical implications their empirical results have. The panel thus intends to stimulate discussion between research fields that have not yet been in close contact so far and to gain new insights into the factors which are relevant for the emergence of new genres.

If you would be interested to participate in the panel please send an abstract (max. 500 words) to until September 1, 2014. Please note that presenters at International Pragmatics Conference have to be (or become) IPRA members for two successive years (2014/2015).

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