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Mon Feb 10 2020

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Date: 10-Feb-2020
From: Valentin Werner <>
Subject: Stylistic Approaches to Pop Culture
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Stylistic Approaches to Pop Culture

Date: 19-Mar-2020 - 20-Mar-2020
Location: Vechta, Germany
Contact: Valentin Werner Christoph Schubert
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

Pop culture appears in diverse textual manifestations, including television series and films, song lyrics, video games, or graphic novels and comics. Although there is no universally accepted definition of pop culture, prototypical texts belong to globalized mainstream media, fulfill the commercial function of mass entertainment, and are dominated by American English. However, despite their international reception and sociocultural impact, and despite the fact that pop culture seems to have overcome its traditional “low culture” status, relevant texts are still clearly underresearched in linguistics. Style is here considered as a motivated choice of specific linguistic items that fulfill communicative functions in accordance with contextual parameters such as author, genre, or discursive context. Correspondingly, this conference intends to investigate stylistic features that contribute to the mass appeal of pop cultural texts, arguably representing the most central type of performed language today. It will also take into account that contemporary pop culture manifestations are genuinely multimodal (combining text and music, text and image, etc.), so that further layers of meaning interact with the verbal discourse.

Conference Schedule:

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Keynote 1: Corpora, Cognition, and Characterization: Inferring Character from Subtitles in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Dan McIntyre (University of Huddersfield)

Session 1: Telecinematic Discourse

“Hello…? Who is this?” – The Art of Turn-Taking in Movie Telephone Calls
Christian Hoffmann (University of Augsburg)

From D’oh! to Don’t fuck it up! The Evolution of Swearing in Television Catchphrases
Kristy Beers Fägersten (Södertörn University) & Monika Bednarek (The University of Sydney)

A Mixed-Method Analysis of Autism Spectrum Disorder Representation in Fictional Television
Susan Reichelt (University of Greifswald)

A Corpus-Stylistic Analysis of Reality Speak: A Case Study of Love Island UK (2018)
Tatyana Karpenko-Seccombe (University of Huddersfield)

Session 2: Computer-mediated Pop Discourse

Embodied Intermediality? Multimodal Metaphors and Blending in Animated GIFs
Janina Wildfeuer (University of Groningen)

The Stylistic Journey of a Video Game: Multimodality and the Football Manager Series (2005–2019)
Dušan Stamenković (University of Niš)

Friday, 20 March 2020

Keynote 2: From Scribble to Crime Novel: A Stylistic Approach to the Crime Fiction Writing Process
Christiana Gregoriou (University of Leeds)

Session 3: Cartoons and Applied Stylistics

Styling New York Accents in Early 20th Century Print Cartoons
Cecilia Cutler (City University of New York)

Corpus Stylistics and Pop Culture: A Perfect Marriage for Degree Essays in English Linguistics?
Joe Trotta (University of Gothenburg)

Session 4: Pop Music and Lyrics

Performance and Perception: Exploring Linguistic Stylization in English Pop and Rock
Lisa Jansen (University of Münster)

Pop Lyrics: A Corpus-stylistic Analysis
Valentin Werner (University of Bamberg)

“Rainy Days dem Gone” – Crossing and the Stylization of Jamaican Creole in Reggae and Dancehall Music
Anika Gerfer (University of Münster)

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