LINGUIST List 30.1694

Thu Apr 18 2019

Calls: Applied Linguistics / AION-Linguistica (Jrnl)

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Date: 17-Apr-2019
From: Roxanne Barbara Doerr <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics / AION-Linguistica (Jrnl)
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Full Title: AION-Linguistica

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 31-May-2019

Call for Papers:

Deadline Extension (31 May 2019) of CFP for Special Issue of AION LINGUISTICA on ''Representing, Disseminating, and Debating Controversial Bioethical Issues in Popularised Discourse''

This special issue focuses on the linguistic and discursive aspects of the dissemination of knowledge about sensitive and hitherto unforeseen bioethical issues, an area at the intersection between scientific discourse (e.g. medicine, biotechnology, genetics, environmental sciences) and other forms of specialised and professional legal, economic, political, religious discourse.

The dissemination of bioethical knowledge is accomplished by means of various genres and channels that range from highly specialised and inter-specialistic to those addressed to the general public. Popularising genres are of particular interest, for they enable practitioners' and participants' ideological stances regarding innovative and controversial decisions and practices to be communicated, and supported or opposed, in an accessible manner. Therefore, it is all the more essential for research to detect all possible linguistic alterations leading to inaccuracies, especially when they involve ideological manipulation or slant be detected and disclosed, and identify the transformations undergone by bioethically relevant knowledge in the dissemination process by institutions, professions, organisations and corporations.

Contributions taking any approach in linguistics and discourse analysis (Genres and register analysis, Critical discourse analysis, Communication and media language studies, Integrated corpus assisted discourse analysis, Argumentation theory and rhetoric) are welcome.

Possible areas of qualitative and quantitative inquiry include - but are not limited - to:
- Linguistic and discursive transformations and popularised translations undergone by sensitive knowledge in the dissemination process
- Interdiscursivity and genre hybridization in popular, journalistic and corporate communication about controversial bioethical issues (e.g. surrogacy, abortion, genetic manipulation, cloning, cryopreservation)
- Traditional and online new(s) media coverage of bioethical issues and high profile cases (e.g. euthanasia, Artificial Reproduction Technologies, performance enhancement in medicine and sports)
- Discursive construction, in professional guidelines and in professional discourse, of the four principles (Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-maleficence, Justice), originally introduced by Beauchamp and Childress (1979/2001) that still predominate - at least professedly - in medical ethics
- Representation and support of controversial bioethical themes pertaining to the domains of medicine, genetics and biotechnology in popularised texts and commercial websites
- Bioethical themes within sustainability and environment conservation discourses (e.g. agrobiotechnologies, animal rights and protection, protection of the environment)
- Presentation and implementation of reflections and decisions on bioethics in specialised medical, military and pharmaceutical discourse communities

The complete CFP may be found at:
Please submit your completed paper (following the guidelines at to the following e-mail addresses:;;;

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