LINGUIST List 31.2934

Mon Sep 28 2020

Calls: Sociolinguistics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 26-Sep-2020
From: Anita Fetzer <>
Subject: Accountability of Discursive Action and the Private-Public Interface
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Full Title: Accountability of Discursive Action and the Private-Public Interface

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

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

In discourse pragmatics, discursive action is firmly based on the premises of rationality and intentionality, action ascription, and pluralism and indexicality of discursive action. In line with ethnomethodological understanding of accountability of social action, we maintain that participants not only perform social actions but are also able to account for their actions as they know, at some level, what they say and what they mean by their utterances. Accountability may be achieved explicitly, for instance through metacomments and reformulations or implicitly, through such discourse patterns as naming, small stories, speech acts. By so doing, participants convey what they intend their actions to count as, and what goals they intend to achieve, demonstrating substantive rationality and daily life rationalities. In short, they can account for why this to me now.

Accountability of discursive action is a fundamental premise in dialogic interaction and thus is a constitutive part of negotiation-of-meaning and negotiation-of-validity sequences. It utilizes context-dependent practical reasoning making explicit taken-for-granted background information.

This panel intends to examine the theory and practice of accountability of discursive action across different sociocultural contexts and different speech communities, different media, and different communicative genres, activities and modalities (e.g., online commenting, parliamentary discourse, election campaign). The focus is on the strategic use of references to the private-public interface in mediated discourse, especially on speakers’ conceptualisations and negotiations of (non)accountability indexed by (1) ordinary people utilizing public-domain references, and (2) members of the elite utilizing private-domain references. Private and public domain are not only seen as scalar concepts with fuzzy boundaries but also as interdependent on medium, context, genre and participants and their discursive identities.

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions which address the following questions:
- Accountability and address terms
- Accountability and positioning
- Accountability in CMC
- Accountability in professional / elite political discourse
- Accountability in grassroot discourse
- Accountability in argumentation and decision-making
- Accountability and the construction and deconstruction of discursive identities
- Accountability and ironic representation

If you are interested in presenting a paper in this panel, please send your abstract (min. 350 and max. 500 words) by 20 October 2020 to: &

All abstracts will have to be submitted individually through the IPrA website ( by 25 October 2020. Please prepare your abstracts for submission with a reference to the IPrA Call for papers & Submission guidelines ( and make sure to select “Accountability of Discursive Action and the Private-Public Interface” as the panel for your submission.

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