LINGUIST List 29.3021

Thu Jul 26 2018

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/China

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Date: 26-Jul-2018
From: Katharina König <>
Subject: Adapted and Emergent Practices in Dialogic Text-based CMC
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Full Title: Adapted and Emergent Practices in Dialogic Text-based CMC

Date: 09-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Hong Kong, China
Contact Person: Katharina König
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:

Text-based computer-mediated communication (CMC) is embedded in structural and social settings which affect the adaptation and innovation of dialogic practices, both temporal-sequential and interpersonal. In near-synchronous modes of interaction, such as IR chats, Twitter debates and WhatsApp chats, the dynamics of ‘turn’ construction and ‘turn’ taking is largely shaped by spatial-visual constraints and the technological mediation of temporality (e.g., ordered uploading of postings, speed of text production, display of time-stamps etc.). Stance-taking and the contextualization of different activity types are marked by verbal expressions and (ortho)graphic devices (Petitjean/Morel 2017). Moreover, technological affordances open up new practices of text construction and meaning-making (e.g., hyperlinking, voice messages). Coordination, intersubjectivity and texturing are thus facilitated and accomplished by a variety of semiotic resources – some imported from pre-digital modalities, some emergent (Herring 2013) – whose functions are (re)defined through their use, interpretation and conventionalization in specific digital communities (Jucker/Dürscheid 2012; Tagg 2015). Such resources include discourse markers, emojis, spelling, punctuation or meta-discourse. The panel sets out to explore the forms and functions of such resources in different platforms and across socio-linguistic systems by describing particular practices and devices and elucidating the emergence of more general conventions. The panel is thus aimed at contributing to a broader pragmatic typology (Dingemanse et al. 2014) of CMC by addressing the following questions:

- Do users transfer discourse markers or other verbal(ized) devices from spoken interactions? To what extent do they adapt their use of these devices to technological affordances? Are there markers which have emerged as a reaction to these affordances and constraints and which are thus particular to CMC?

- What type of adaptations do written practices and devices undergo when introduced into text-based CMC? How do they evolve once used in a specific interactional mode?

- Which communicative problems do users solve with practices imported from pre-digital modalities? Do different formal or functional patterns of use emerge in different postings formats and across various platforms?

- Do we need new methods or can interactional and CA-oriented concepts be transferred to the analysis of computer-mediated discourse?

Dingemanse, M./Blythe, J./Dirksmeyer, T., 2014. ‘Formats for other-initiation of repair across languages: An exercise in pragmatic typology’. Studies in Language 38(1), 5–43.
Herring, S., 2013. Discourse in web 2.0: Familiar, reconfigured, and emergent. In: D. Tannen/A. Trester (Hg.): Discourse 2.0. Language and New Media. Washington D.C.: GUP, 1–25.
Jucker, A. H./Dürscheid, C., 2012. ‘The linguistics of keyboard-to-screen communication. A new terminological framework’. Linguistik Online, 56, 1-26.
Petitjean, C. and Morel, E., 2017. “Hahaha”. Laughter as a resource to manage WhatsApp conversations. In: Journal of Pragmatics 110, 1–19.
Tagg, C., 2015. Exploring Digital Communication. Language in Action. London: Routledge.

Co-organized by
Katharina König (WWU Münster)
Michal Marmorstein (Hebrew University Jerusalem)

Call for Papers:

Please submit abstracts for this panel by 15 October 2018 through the IPrA2019 conference website:

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