LINGUIST List 32.926

Mon Mar 15 2021

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics / Lingue e Linguaggi (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 12-Mar-2021
From: Natalia Knoblock <>
Subject: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics / Lingue e Linguaggi (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Lingue e Linguaggi

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2021

Call for Papers:

Second call for papers for Special issue -- Lingue e Linguaggi (
The Languages and Anti-Languages of Health Communication in the Age of Conspiracy Theories, Mis/Disinformation and Hate Speech Ed. by Massimiliano Demata, Natalia Knoblock and Marianna Lya Zummo

We are calling for abstracts for a special issue of Lingue e Linguaggi focusing on the languages of health communication in both institutional and non-institutional media settings. The special issue will address aspects related to genre and discourse as well as morphosyntactic characteristics of health communication in the current age, an age increasingly characterised by (dis-/mis-)information, conspiracy theories and hate in mass media and social media.

Dis- and misinformation, conspiracy theories and hostile communication are reportedly on the rise and are beginning to receive significant attention among linguists and discourse scholars (Demata et al, forthcoming; Knoblock 2020; Zummo 2018, 2017; Lazaridis et al., 2016). In particular, health communication has been subjected to mis-and disinformation as well as to contributing to conspiracy theories which have become very influential in many countries. During the last three decades, health discourse has been particularly exposed to mis/disinformation and fake news. Conspiracy theories (CTs) and mis/disinformation about AIDS have been followed by those about the supposed damage brought by vaccines (Archer 2015; Kata 2010). More recently, the coronavirus outbreak has provided evidence of how the spread of disinformation and conspiracies has reached beyond the confines of individual or group narratives for believers. They are creating new articulations of discourse in the public sphere because of their innovative, and often subversive, language that mixes urgency, hope, hate speech and suspicions for potential machinations form the establishment. Social media have provided the ideal output for CTs: without “gatekeepers”, polarized communities create an “antagonistic sphere” (Krzyzanowski & Ledin 2017) and foster political engagement, which can even lead to extremism and violence (Bergmann 2018; Wodak 2020).

The purpose of this special edition to explore the “anti-languages” (Halliday 1976) and the counter-discourses endorsing (mis/dis-)information and CTs in direct opposition to official discourses and challenging social and political hegemony (Terdiman 1985; Van Dijk 1997). We welcome papers that explore the following points, though other pertinent submissions will also be considered:

- CT production and discourse on a social, linguistic and political perspective(s)
- Critical analysis of CT on health-related issues and their social impact
- Intersectional analysis of health and computer-mediated communication
- Historical overview of Health (and Medical) Humanities and CTs
- Military language in social representation of medicine
- Linguistic and cross-cultural analysis of threat assessment levels
- Othering caused by health issues
- Hate speech related to/originating from groups opposing official health discourse
- Analysis of linguistic cues (e.g. the occurrence of certain parts of speech) that distinguish the language of CTs from strictly informative sources.
- Verbal aggression, “othering”, dehumanization, hate speech in health-related discourse(s)
- The politicization of health discourse

Please send abstracts (maximum 300 words plus references) by 1 April 2021 to:,,
Confirmation of acceptance: 15 April 2021
Deadline for submission of first drafts: 1 October 2021
Deadline for submission of revised papers: 31 January 2022
Publication: Summer 2022

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