LINGUIST List 27.1402

Tue Mar 22 2016

Confs: Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, General Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 21-Mar-2016
From: Agnieszka Lyons <>
Subject: BAAL Language and New Media SIG 2016 Workshop: Multimodality in Social Media and Digital Environments
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BAAL Language and New Media SIG 2016 Workshop: Multimodality in Social Media and Digital Environments

Date: 15-Apr-2016 - 15-Apr-2016
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact: Agnieszka Lyons
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Gestures, positioning in space, and other forms of embodied communication are frequently recognised as bearing meaning-making potential in interpersonal interactions and print mediaalongside (or instead of) language. There is also a feeling of urgency to systematically account for multimodal aspects of digital environments, particularly as they increasingly focus on multimodal content and foster intertextuality and interactivity.

This relatively new scholarly interest brings with it a number of methodological considerations as well as questions related to the application and interpretation of semiotic resources beyond language in digital contexts.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the multimodal aspects of social and digital communication, to discuss methodological considerations in multimodal social media research, and explore the possible ways forward. The event will consist of invited plenaries, paper presentations and discussions.

Confirmed invited speakers
- Prof. Rodney Jones (University of Reading)
- Dr Myrrh Domingo (IOE UCL)


8.30-9:00 Registration and coffee

Plenary talk:
Dr Myrrh Domingo (UCL)

10:00-10:15 Tea & Talk

Session One: Performing

Multimodal digital repertoires-in-use: performing gendered identities through message chunking, kisses and emojis (Caroline Tagg Esther Asprey)

Discursive leadership in virtual work, or ‘How to be boss in Instant Messaging?’ (Erika Darics)

‘Multimodality in the Shared Story: A case study in the YouTube coverage of Oscar Pistorius’
(Ruth Page)

11:30 Tea & Talk

Session Two: Learning

Online Informal Language Learning: Incidental Vocabulary Gains from Watching YouTube Videos and Reading Blog Posts
(Henriette Arndt)

Acts of interpretation: tutor experiences of multimodal-meaning making in digital environments
(James Lamb)

A case study of self-directed online learning of Chinese using multimodal methods
(Jenifer Ho)

1:00-2:00 Lunch

Session Three: Transforming

Multimodal negotiation of meaning: the transformative nature of the mode of gesture in relation to second language dialogues mediated by mobile technologies
(Helen Lee)

Space as a resource in videochat
(Dorottya Cserző)

“Nice picture comment!” Graphicons in Facebook Comment Threads
(Ashley Dainas and Susan C. Herring)

3:15-3:30 Tea & Talk

Session Four: Adapting

‘I have to type as you can’t hear me’: Challenges of transcribing multimodal data
(Melinda Dooly and Francesca Helm)

A step-by-step approach for a social semiotic multimodal analysis of digital remediation
(Elisabetta Adami)

Adapting Mediated Discourse Analysis in New Media from Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) to Computer-Mediated Discourse (CMD)
(Huey Fen Cheong)

Prof Rodney Jones (Reading University): Indexicality and Emplacement in Facebook Snapchat and Tinder: Towards a geosemiotics of networked imaging

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