LINGUIST List 31.2506

Fri Aug 07 2020

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 07-Aug-2020
From: Elina Salomaa <>
Subject: Technologically-mediated interaction in workplaces
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Full Title: Technologically-mediated interaction in workplaces

Date: 27-Jun-2021 - 02-Jul-2021
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Elina Salomaa
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 11-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

In the 21st century, digital technologies have permeated the everyday practices in workplaces (Orlikowski & Scott 2016). People use technologies to interact with their co-workers, to deliver and process information, and to deal with other tasks related to their work. Thus, we are interacting not only with other people but also increasingly with digital technology. These technologies include communication platforms such as email and social media but also technologies that facilitate co-operation or automate particular work tasks.

Studies of digital interaction in workplaces have already provided important insights into the ways technology can change ways of working. For example, due to the lack of nonverbal cues, participants cannot monitor turns in progress in the same way as face-to-face, and thus they need to maintain coherence in virtual meetings by using specific discursive strategies (e.g. Markman 2009). Conversational norms often differ from ordinary conversation, too, as Skovholt and Svennevig (2013) show in their article about responding and not responding in workplace emails. In addition, the more open access to the interaction, especially on social media platforms, is shown to blur traditional distinctions e.g. between organizations and their stakeholders (Girginova 2015). On another trend, workplace studies have focused on more complex work situations, where people work in technology-saturated environments to achieve both co-located and distributed collaboration (Luff & Heath 2019), or where the interaction takes place between users and technology (Arminen & Poikus 2009). However, we need more research on how digital practices are embedded in the everyday practices of organizations. Also, research needs to keep up with how digitalization in workplaces is connected to societal changes, such as those caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This panel brings together the most recent research addressing linguistic and discursive practices in technologically-mediated organizational contexts. The focus of the presentations may shed light on, for example, how technologies support or reshape working practices, how people interact in mediated settings, and how technologies are interwoven with broader workplace processes. The presentations may come from various fields such as linguistics, discourse studies, language and social interaction, media studies, or computer supported cooperative work.

Call for Papers:

If you are interested in presenting a paper in this panel, please send your preliminary abstract (250–500 words) by 11 October 2020 to All abstracts should be submitted individually via the IPrA submission system ( by 25 October 2020. Please make sure to select “Technologically-mediated interaction in workplaces” as the panel for your submission. For further instructions, see If you have any questions, please contact

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