LINGUIST List 31.2907

Fri Sep 25 2020

Calls: Applied Ling, Cog Sci, Disc Analysis, Pragmatics/Switzerland

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Date: 22-Sep-2020
From: Igor Trost <>
Subject: The language of inclusion and exclusion: discourses on minorities in digital media
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Full Title: The language of inclusion and exclusion: discourses on minorities in digital media

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

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Igor Trost (Passau), Annamaria Fabian (Bamberg), Stefanie Ullmann (Cambridge)

The language of inclusion and exclusion: discourses on minorities in digital media

Panel at the 17th International Pragmatics Conference of the IPrA (27 June - 2 July 2021 in Winterthur/Switzerland)

Practices in the inclusion and exclusion of minorities have been studied extensively in the social sciences, and discourse analysis is beginning to catch up. In recent years, linguistic studies have focused on discourses of refugees and migrants (e.g. Viola & Musolff, 2019), of people of color (e.g. McEnery et al., 2015), of people on grounds of gender (e.g. Fabian, 2020; Gnau & Wyss, 2020; Paknahad Jaborooty & Baker, 2017; Hardaker & McGlashan, 2016; McPherson, 2014), disability (Grue, 2014; Sties, 2013), rare diseases (Brookes, 2020; Harvey & Brookes, 2019, Semino et al., 2017), mental health issues (e.g. Harvey, 2012), homo- and transsexuality (Bachmann, 2011), etc. in various countries and contexts. Many of these studies make use of data from digital media, itself an increasingly popular object of study in linguistics (e.g. Abel et al., 2020; Marx et al., 2020; Wright, 2020; Bubenhofer, 2017; McKeever, 2019; Wang & Taylor, 2019; De Decker & Vandekerckhove, 2017; Marx & Weidacher, 2014; Zappavigna, 2012; Crystal, 2006). These important studies have raised awareness for the analysis of minority issues from the point of view of linguistics but aiming inclusion in digital media by inclusive language use has not been focused so far.
Given these partly disparate trends, the panel seeks to further the study of the inclusion and exclusion of minorities (potentially including minorities not mentioned above) in online discourses from a crosslinguistic perspective. Its remit includes references to minorities by both members and non-members of the minorities themselves, and the linguistic and discursive aspects of any activities and policies fostering the inclusion and/or countering the exclusion of minorities. Contributions will be invited discussing one or more of the following issues:
1. the lexicogrammar and phraseology used in the linguistic construction of minorities with respect to inclusion and exclusion in digital media;
2. salient linguistic strategies for the promotion or denial of inclusion and minority rights in different languages and different cultural/societal contexts, and experiences in employing them;
3. the affordances of (a combination of) corpus linguistic, cultural-linguistic, and other methodologies for the study of online discourses on minorities.

Call for Papers:

Abstract submission:
We invite submissions for 20-minute oral presentations (+ 5 minutes of discussion) in English until 23:59 CET on October 25, 2020. Please submit your abstract after logging in for IPrA-Members ( via

You will find the panel ''The language of inclusion and exclusion: discourses on minorities in digital media'' at step 4 under ''topics'' at the end of the alphabetically sorted list of the 133 panels.

(According to the IPrA-rules non-members have to get members to be able to submit an abstract:

All accepted contributions will be published in a peer-reviewed Springer series.

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