LINGUIST List 29.2983

Sat Jul 21 2018

Calls: Pragmatics/China

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Date: 21-Jul-2018
From: Jan Chovanec <>
Subject: Creating and Sharing Public Humour across the Media
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Full Title: Creating and Sharing Public Humour across the Media

Date: 09-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Hong Kong, China
Contact Person: Jan Chovanec
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:

Humour forms an inseparable part of many communicative situations. Its functions range from being an accessory to information transmission to an entirely purposeful activity in itself. While many forms of typically conversational humour are intended to make sense only to the interlocutors present in the communicative act, humour in the media is, by default, public and much less audience-specific. This holds both for the traditional media and social media, where a huge amount of user-generated content is circulated, thanks to digital technology and Web 2.0.

In this panel, we aim to explore the forms and functions of humour in traditional as well as social media, being interested in how speakers, interlocutors and users design and make sense of humorous messages in public and semi-public, technology-mediated contexts. The papers will explore diverse issues in the quickly developing field of pragmatics of humour including (but not limited to):

- Humorous intent and effects, both intentional and unintended
- (Re-)mediatization of humour across platforms (traditional to social and vice versa)
- Humorous recycling and intertextual echoes of humorous forms
- Multimodality in memes and viral forms of humour
- Relationship between verbal and multimodal humour, etc.

Overall, this panel is meant to offer a platform for linguists studying the pragmatics of select forms of verbal and multimodal humour in traditional and social media. We welcome submissions addressing these topics from all manner of pragmatic approaches in order to better understand the specificity of humour in traditional and social media across a range of genres of mediated communication, including non-humorous televisual and telecinematic genres, humour in television series and films, conversational humour in social media interactions, memes and other multimodal humour in the social media.

Call for Papers:

Abstracts of 250 - 500 words (including references) can be submitted via the IPrA conference website Additional information regarding the abstract submission process can be found at

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