LINGUIST List 25.2906

Fri Jul 11 2014

Calls: Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 11-Jul-2014
From: Ilona Vandergriff <>
Subject: Pragmatic Perspectives on Networked L2 Discourse
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Full Title: Pragmatic Perspectives on Networked L2 Discourse

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

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

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2015

Meeting Description:

The panel 'Pragmatic perspectives on networked L2 discourse' will examine and discuss the interplay between structural choice, function and context in the practice of interactional second/foreign language (L2) use in Web 2.0, the second-generation web. Web 2.0 has dramatically changed L2 practice. By connecting people, Web 2.0 facilitates multilingual encounters in virtual community spaces where people can interact with others in the language(s) of their choice.

In spite of the research interest in computer-mediated communication, L2 linguistic practices have received relatively little attention for two main reasons. First of all, the vast majority of linguistic research on computer-mediated communication (CMC) draws on first-language (L1) data (for notable exceptions, see e.g., Androutsopoulos, 2007; Warschauer & De Florio-Hansen, 2003). Secondly, investigations of L2 CMC data generally take a pedagogical rather than a linguistic perspective. Often, such research is more concerned with what L2 users can do rather than with what they actually do, i.e., more with affordances for L2 learning than with L2 practice. Seeking to bridge the gap between these two CMC research strands, this panel hopes to advance the linguistic study of networked L2 discourse.

Call for Papers:

Papers are invited on any aspect of L2 use in computer-mediated communication, including issues of structure (e.g., genre characteristics, expressivity), meaning (e.g., meaning of emoticons, CMC cues, silence, non-bona fide communication), interaction management (e.g., interactivity, timing, coherence) and social phenomena (e.g., community, identity, cultural difference) in L2 networked discourse. In their empirically-based investigations, panelists will critically reflect (a) on the interplay between form, function, and context and (b) on the theoretical implications the empirical results may have.

Please note that all presenters at International Pragmatics Conference must be IPRA members.

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