LINGUIST List 26.2768

Thu Jun 04 2015

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

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 04-Jun-2015
From: Franziska Thurnherr <>
Subject: Language and Health Online: Typing Yourself Healthy
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Full Title: Language and Health Online: Typing Yourself Healthy

Date: 15-Apr-2016 - 16-Apr-2016
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Contact Person: Miriam Locher
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

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

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2015

Meeting Description:

In the last decades the Internet has evolved to become an important source of information for health concerns. There are many professional information sites, peer-support sites for patients, mailing lists, online counselling services, and so on. In these contexts, language plays a central role in how health issues are communicated and how health-related activities such as shared decision-making, collaboration, or persuasion, are carried out. Internet users are encouraged to type themselves healthy through language with the help of peers or professionals.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

- Nelya Koteyko, Queen Mary University London
- Elizabeth Sillence, Northumbria University Newcastle
- Wyke Stommel, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Conference Themes:

Covering a broad range from mental and medical health issues to healthy life style concerns, the symposium aims to explore how language is used in e-health practices:

- To construct the patient-doctor/client-therapist relationship
- To persuade users of healthy lifestyle changes
- To give support among peers (e.g. in online support groups)
- To establish trust in peer-to-peer and in professional-lay contexts
- To create expertise by lay people and professionals
- To talk about specific illnesses and health risks
- To adapt content and language for target groups (kids, teenagers, adults, particular conditions, etc.)

The symposium provides a platform for researchers and practitioners from different disciplines such as linguistics, psychology and anthropology, as well as the public to share findings and insights concerning e-health communication. By engaging in a dialogue with researchers from different fields we work towards a better understanding of e-health practices overall, which can be of use and interest to health practitioners as well. This symposium is going to be the endpoint of the SNF-funded research project “Language and Health Online” (NGK1912).

Conference Fees:

Early bird (1 Sept 2015–29 Feb 2016):
Standard: 70 CHF
Student: 50 CHF

Regular (1 March 2016–16 April 2016):
Standard: 100 CHF
Student: 50 CHF

2nd Call for Papers:

The SNF-project team “Language and Health Online” is organizing a symposium:

Language and Health Online
Typing yourself healthy

April 15-16, 2016
University of Basel, Switzerland

Important Dates:

Call for papers: 1 March 2015
Conftool open for submissions: 1 March 2015
Deadline for abstract submission: 1 September 2015
Notification of acceptance: 1 January 2016
Registration opens: 1 April 2015

Submission Details:

Abstracts for papers or posters should be anonymous and no longer than 300 words. Please note that the thematic link to “language + e-health” is mandatory.

To submit your abstract, please register in our conference software (conftool) by going to the page: The conftool will guide you through the steps. You will also be asked to indicate up to five relevant keywords and choose one to five topics from the list given in conftool.

Organizers: Miriam A. Locher, Franziska Thurnherr, Marie-Thérèse Rudolf von Rohr. Please contact us at

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