LINGUIST List 31.2476

Wed Aug 05 2020

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics / I-LanD: Identity, Language and Diversity Journal (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 04-Aug-2020
From: Sole Alba Zollo <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics, Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics / I-LanD: Identity, Language and Diversity Journal (Jrnl)
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Full Title: I-LanD: Identity, Language and Diversity Journal

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 18-Oct-2020

Call for Papers:

''Hybrid Dialogues: Transcending Binary Thinking and Moving Away from Societal Polarizations''
edited by Cornelia Ilie and Sole Alba Zollo

Authors wishing to contribute to this issue are invited to send an extended abstract of their proposed article ranging between 600 and 1.000 words (excluding references) in MS Word format to the two editors by the 18th October 2020. Proposals should not contain the authors' name and academic/professional affiliation and should be accompanied by an email including such personal information and sent to: and Please put as subject line ''I-LanD Special Issue 2/2020- abstract submission'', and include the Journal e-mail address - - by using the Cc option.

Binary or dichotomous thinking is responsible for producing and/or maintaining historically unsustainable hierarchies and inequitable power relations. While cyberspace communication environments can trigger and stimulate creative and productive dialogues that can be integrated with face-to-face dialogues, we are still witnessing a growing proliferation of dichotomy-based misperceptions and misrepresentations of world phenomena and societal events (Beaufort 2018), which involve the mismanagement and manipulation of interpersonal relations and institutional power networks, leading to an environment of apprehension, suspicion and insecurity, strongly amplified and aggravated in recent times by anti-social discourse and behavior, extremist movements, and hate speech.

As a counterbalance of dichotomy-based beliefs and ways of thinking, new and hybrid forms of dialogue are needed to cross the frontiers of established dichotomies, questioning the legitimacy of increasingly conflictual, aggressive and divisive encounters (Sunstein 2007; Mason 2015) conducted both offline (in public meetings, TV debates, political and parliamentary debates, etc.) and online (on social media, such as Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat).

A wide range of analytical tools pertaining to multi-disciplinary frameworks of analysis can effectively contribute to identifying and critically examining dichotomy-based conceptualisation strategies that undermine existing democratic norms and practices, giving rise to polarized, confrontational and downright violent off- and on-line discourses. The questions researchers are called upon to consider, analyse and debate include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Has the increasing use of social media had a noticeable impact on the proliferation of the use of aggressive language and person-targeted attacks?

- How have radicalised, polarized, confrontational and downright violent discourses of extreme political movements given rise to institutional confrontations and the use of violence in both face-to-face and online interactions?
- To what extent is gender an impactful element in adversarial discursive behaviour? Are women and men equally inclined to initiate confrontational types of dialogue?
- How can new, hybrid dialogues help to address the polarization which reinforces the current social and political crises in a vicious circle of multiplying conceptual dichotomies, deceptive binary thinking and fearmongering slogans or 'shockvertising'?

Researchers are warmly welcome to propose contributions from diverse fields of enquiry, including linguistics, media studies, journalism, cultural studies, psychology, rhetoric, political science, sociology, pedagogy, philosophy and anthropology.

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