LINGUIST List 29.3021
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Calls: Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics,
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Adapted and Emergent Practices in
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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
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis;
Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018
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.
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.
Katharina König (WWU
Michal Marmorstein (Hebrew University Jerusalem)
Call for Papers:
submit abstracts for this panel by 15 October 2018 through the IPrA2019 conference website: https://pragmatics.international/page/CfP
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