LINGUIST List 31.2925

Mon Sep 28 2020

Calls: Disc Analysis/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 23-Sep-2020
From: YAN ZHOU <>
Subject: Language of inclusion and exclusion: intersubjectivity in conversation and the negotiation of identities in social interaction
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Full Title: Language of inclusion and exclusion: intersubjectivity in conversation and the negotiation of identities in social interaction

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

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

This panel takes a multilevel approach to explore the semiotic practices of inclusion/exclusion against the current sociopolitical background: at the micro-level, how inclusion/exclusion are encoded in linguistic systems and in non-verbal behaviors in interaction; at the macro-level, how inclusion/exclusion in speech communities are reflected in speakers’ choices of language codes.

Previous studies (e.g. Filimonova 1999) have touched on “clusivity” features at the microlevel, for instance, first-person pronouns are often cited as a common way to index inclusion/exclusion (e.g. La Polla 2005, Bull and Fetzer 2006). Beyond pronominal systems, non-verbal behaviors, especially shifting gaze direction, are also shown to index membership in social interaction (Goodwin 1979, Tao 1999). At the macro-level, sociolinguists have extensively examined language codes chosen and perceived by speakers from different speech communities based on distinctions such as race (linguistic profiling, Baugh 2003), gender (Coates 1986), social class (Labov 1986), ethnicity (e.g. Bond and Cheung 1984) and other in-group/out-group memberships. Evidence has also been found in experimental linguistics that stereotype-congruent events are described differently from stereotype-incongruent behaviors, and such language biases can reinforce the existing biases in our societies (Maass and Arcuri 1992).

The past few decades have seen dramatic changes in the sociopolitical landscape, especially the recent worldwide call for equity, diversity, and inclusivity, which have led to reflections on linguistic biases and have brought possible changes to languages. Yet, the existing proposals, such as replacing the traditional binary gender-marked pronominal system with gender-neutral pronouns in English, have not addressed new challenges on linguistic biases, nor explored the issues of inclusion in real-time interactional sequences.
Against such a background, this panel seeks to explore a number of critical issues: how to understand linguistic biases at multiple levels simultaneously; how ordinary speakers display and negotiate inclusion/exclusion in everyday conversation; and what implications there may be for inclusive discourse in practical/professional settings. First, for conversational interaction, we explore the preference for intersubjectivity (Schegloff 1992, Heritage 2007) and common ground (Clark 1992) between speakers through recipient design (Sacks 1992) as a precondition for inclusion, alignment, and affiliation in social interaction. Second, we explore the negotiation of identity in multilingual and multicultural interactions on a macrolevel. We welcome papers that focus on the issues outlined above and from a wide range of languages.

Call for Papers:

This is a panel on the special theme, The Pragmatics of Inclusion. Check out more info on the special theme here:

The general Call for Papers and instructions can be found here:

All abstracts (300-500 words) will have to be submitted individually through
the IPrA website:

Please prepare your abstract according to the IPrA call for papers & submission guidelines (, and make sure to select “Language of inclusion and exclusion: the preference for intersubjectivity and the negotiation of identities in social interaction” as the panel for your submission.

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