LINGUIST List 31.2538

Tue Aug 11 2020

Calls: Gen Ling, Pragmatics/Switzerland

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Date: 11-Aug-2020
From: Naomi Truan <>
Subject: Indexing Exclusion through Style
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Full Title: Indexing Exclusion through Style

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

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Cornelia F. Bock (Universität Hamburg) –
Florian Busch (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg) –
Naomi Truan (Universität Leipzig) —

There is no inclusion without exclusion. Our panel tackles the dynamics of inclusionary and exclusionary practices from a sociolinguistic perspective, i.e. one that investigates stylistic choices in interaction, understood as the shaping of utterances from a pool of socially meaningful semiotic resources (Eckert 2000; Coupland 2007; Selting 2008). Twenty years after the first thematic issue of the Journal of Sociolinguistics on new research on sociolinguistic style and stylization (Rampton 1999), we propose to reexamine stylistic practices through the lens of exclusion.

The distinctiveness of performable signs is the foundation of social identities. Social actors either align with social values and categories (a process that can be summed up as ‘adequation’), or they highlight differences and non-belonging through style (known as ‘distinction’) (Bucholtz & Hall 2005). As social actors index exclusion, they perform activities of social dis-alignment in micro-level interactions on the one hand, and distance themselves from social stereotypes at macro-level of discourses on the other (De Fina 2013; Spitzmüller 2013). Sociolinguistic style is thus inevitably an ideological matter, as it presupposes “an interpretation of the social world and of the meanings of elements within it, as well as a positioning of the stylizer with respect to that world” (Eckert 2008: 456). Style, finally, reveals how these positions are made valid in a given community of practice—in other words, the metapragmatic ideologies attached to them—, either through contextualizing effects of stylistic features in use or through explicit meta-discourse shaping stylistic awareness and social enregisterment (Silverstein 2003; Agha 2007).

Our panel focuses on two aspects regarding the exclusionary dimension of stylistic practices: First, what semiotic means do social actors use to presuppose and/or entail exclusion through style and stylization? Second, on which ideological assumptions are these choices perceived, rationalized, justified and/or contested as exclusionary?

The panel is open call to anyone working on the topic. At present, we have secured presentations by Theresa Heyd (Universität Greifswald), Concha Höfler (University of Nottingham), Kristin Vold Lexander (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences), Nico Nassenstein (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), Hasret Saygı (Bogazici University), and Katharina Tyran (Universität Wien).

Call for Papers:

We invite papers from Interactional Sociolinguistics, Conversation Analysis, Interactional Stylistics, and Metapragmatics dealing with these questions on all structural levels of language. We also encourage papers focusing on:
- exclusionary styles of writing (spelling, orthography, and typography),
- media usage (media choices and media switching),
- and multilingualism (code-switching, language policies, language choice and regulation).

Possible sociocultural contexts might include, but are not limited to, education and workplace (including academia and linguistics), family and peer group, religion and spiritualism, subcultures, and digital communities.

We invite submissions of abstracts (between 250 and 500 words) by 25 October 2020 via the IprA website. Select the panel “Indexing Exclusion through Style”. For more information on abstract submission, see or get in touch with us directly.

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