LINGUIST List 31.2508

Fri Aug 07 2020

Calls: Applied Ling, Disc Analys, Forensic Ling, Pragmatics, Text/Corpus Ling/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 07-Aug-2020
From: Marton Petyko <>
Subject: Offensive language on social media
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Full Title: Offensive language on social media

Date: 27-Jun-2021 - 02-Jul-2021
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Marton Petyko
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Forensic Linguistics; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Tahmineh Tayebi, Aston University (UK)
Marton Petyko, Aston University (UK)

Online social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat, Reddit, blogs, and forums, has become a key venue for exchanging ideas and communicating with others. Whilst social media platforms can enable constructive and insightful conversations, offensive language, including verbal aggression and abuse, harassment, cyberbullying, trolling, misogynistic and hate speech, among others, is a widespread phenomenon in online settings and have damaging effects on social media users (Rösner & Krämer, 2016). Although recent years have seen a growing academic interest in offensive language on social media (Kienpointner, 2018; Parvaresh and Tayebi, 2018), there is still a lot we need to learn about how such offensive language is used and perceived across different languages and social media platforms.

The aim of this panel is therefore to address the cross-lingual and intercultural dimensions of offensive language online by bringing together researchers who are interested in how offensive language and its various manifestations, including verbal aggression and abuse, harassment, cyberbullying, online trolling, misogynistic and hate speech, are constructed, utilised, perceived and tackled on various social media platforms across different languages, cultures, and domains.

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions concerning all linguistic and social aspects of offensive language online across different languages, cultures, social media platforms, and online communities. While we welcome contributions drawing on English data, we especially encourage researchers working on offensive language online in languages other than English to submit their proposals. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- the context-, domain-, and culture-sensitive nature of offensive language online
- the perceptions of offensive language and social norms in online communities
- offensive language online and (im)politeness theory
- the metapragmatic discourses around offensive language online
- distinguishing explicit from implicit offensive language online
- metaphors, tropes, narratives and other devices used in offensive language on social media
- the possible role of intentionality and offensive language online
- target-specific aspects of offensive language online based on gender, ethnicity, and religion
- corpora, annotation schemes and other resources and methods for analysing offensive language online

Panel contributions should be submitted by 25 October 2020 via the IPrA 2021 online submission system. Please see the IPRA 2021 website ( for details. Submissions for panel contributions should take the form of a 250-500 word abstract outlining the scope and aim of the presentation. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the panel organisers in accordance with the reviewing policy of the main conference. Accepted proposals will be given a 30-minute slot (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion). If you have any questions regarding the panel or wish to express your interest in participating, please contact Marton Petyko at

Kienpointner, M. (2018). Impoliteness online. Hate speech in online interactions. Internet Pragmatics 1(2), 329–351.
O’Driscoll, J. (2020). Offensive Language: Taboo, Offence and Social Control. London: Bloomsbury.
Parvaresh, V., & Tayebi, T. (2018). Impoliteness, aggression and the moral order. Journal of Pragmatics 132, 91-107.
Rösner, L. & Krämer, N.C. (2016). Verbal Venting in the Social Web: Effects of Anonymity and Group Norms on Aggressive Language Use in Online Comments. Social Media + Society 2(3), 1–13.

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