LINGUIST List 32.2062

Tue Jun 15 2021

Calls: Cog Sci, Disc Analys, Ling Theories, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling/France

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Date: 15-Jun-2021
From: Stéphanie Bonnefille & Robert Butler <>
Subject: Political Discourse: New Approaches to New Challenges?
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Full Title: Political Discourse: New Approaches to New Challenges?
Short Title: NANC 2022

Date: 07-Mar-2022 - 08-Mar-2022
Location: Nancy, Lorraine, France
Contact Person: Stéphanie Bonnefille Robert Butler
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2021

Meeting Description:

Political discourse is at a crossroads. Faced with an increasing number of challenges, it is said by some researchers to have reached a state of crisis (Wodak 2011; Ekström and Firmstone 2017). In the case of the relationships between politicians and the public, and even politicians and journalists, this state of crisis has already been reached (Ekström and Firmstone 2017). Political systems are facing new, unprecedented challenges to their everyday functioning and, in some cases, to their very survival. These challenges have come from a variety of sources. Externally, they are the corollary of globalisation (including access to global media outlets, alleged interference from other states and institutions, and international conflict). Internally, political institutions face competition from populist waves (Wodak 2015), social media and fake news, all of which are capable of crossing international borders. What accounts for these challenges?

Storytelling and scripting techniques have resulted in a new political reality which has scrambled the boundaries between genres. Fiction has increasingly become a prevalent form of political discourse and has given rise to new epistemological challenges to the sources of information: fake news and the fascination for scandals. Does analysing what constitutes ‘telling the truth’ requires new methods. Are new tools required for the analysis of new issues in political discourse? Social media, have become a powerful alternative device in political communication (Montgomery 2017). They have provided a new platform for populism and the rise of populist leaders Does the proliferation of the media used in political communication pose new challenges for the political genre as a whole?

New phenomena, new media and new strategies have come into the spotlight and have raised new questions. Yet answers in the form of new methods appear to be within sight. While computer-assisted methods have been available and used for many years (see, for example, Triandafyllidou 1993), it has become possible to adopt increasingly practical quantitative approaches to political discourse analysis. Information technology has made it possible to use automated approaches to take contextual factors into account (Bilbao-Jayo and Almeida 2018), while innovative approaches using vector methods make the ‘political footprint’ easier to trace. Moreover, CDS is increasingly able to take advantage of methods in cognitive linguistics to explore previously untouched areas of world-view ideologies and narratives through Proximization Theory (Cap 2013, 2017). Such innovative approaches not only use automation optimally in CDS but can also be of use to public administrative bodies (Bilbao-Jayo and Almeida 2018).

Call for Papers:

We welcome abstracts that address one of the following themes in relation to political discourse:
- innovative approaches in CDS dealing with bespoke problems;
- cognitive linguistic approaches to political discourse analysis, more specifically including political metaphor analysis (Musolff 2016) and critical metaphor analysis (Charteris-Black 2013);
- pragmatics-based approaches;
- approaches to the concept of rhetoric (Charteris-Black 2013);
- a multimodal analysis of political discourse (including gesture analysis);
- corpus-based approaches;
- the discourse of official institutions;
- mediated political discourse;
- comparative linguistic studies not limited to one language or one political system;
- the effects of globalisation and the ‘global arena’ (Chilton 2004) on political discourse;
- the influence of the language of ideology on current political thought;
- the language of climate change;
- the language of populism;

We invite participants to submit an abstract of not more than 350 words plus bibliography in English or French. All papers must be given in English or French. Each paper will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. All abstracts must be submitted in two Word formats, one anonymised, the other containing the name(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es) of the author(s) in addition to the title of the paper. All abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 1 October 2021. Please send all submissions with the subject NANC 2022 to:
- Stéphanie Bonnefille
- and Robert Butler

Decisions will be communicated by email by Monday, 18 October 2021. The scientific committee reserves the right to request modifications to the abstract as a condition of acceptance.

All those who present their work at the conference will be invited to submit an article which will be considered for publication.

As the conference is online, specific details will be provided at a later stage. A registration fee will be required (max. 50 euros) and a website specifically for the conference will be available shortly.

Scientific committee:
Jean Albrespit, Professor of Linguistics, Bordeaux Montaigne University
Stéphanie Bonnefille, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Bordeaux Montaigne University
Robert Butler, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Lorraine (Nancy)
Piotr Cap, Professor of Linguistics, Institute of English, University of Łódź
Catherine Delesse, Professor of Linguistics, University of Lorraine (Nancy)
Isabelle Gaudy-Campbell, Professor of Linguistics, University of Lorraine (Metz)
Simon Harrison, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Gesture, City University of Hong Kong
Christelle Lacassain-Lagoin, Reader in Linguistics, Paris Sorbonne University
Juana I. Marín-Arrese, Professor of English Linguistics, Complutense University of Madrid
Jane Mulderrig, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Laurent Rouveyrol, Reader in Linguistics, University of Côte d’Azur
Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Professor of Linguistics, University of La Rioja
Paul Sambre, Assistant Professor of Discourse Studies and Italian Linguistics, KU Leuven
Elise Stickles, Assistant Professor of Language, University of British Columbia

Cap, P. (2017) ‘Studying ideological worldviews in political Discourse Space: Critical-cognitive advances in the analysis of conflict and coercion.’ Journal of Pragmatics, N° 108, pp. 17-27.
Charteris-Black, J. (2018) Analysing Political Speeches. Rhetoric, Discourse and Metaphor. Palgrave MacMillan.
Chilton, P. (2004) Analysing Political Discourse. Theory and Practice. Routledge.
Ekström, M. and Firmstone, J. (2017) The Mediated Politics of Europe: A Comparative Study of Discourse. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Fairclough, N. (1995) Media Discourse. London: Edward Arnold.
Montgomery, M. (2017) ‘Post-truth Politics? Authenticity, populism and the electoral discourses of Donald Trump.’ Journal of Language and Politics, Vol. 16 N° 4, pp. 619-639.
Musolff, A. (2016) Political Metaphor Analysis. Discourse and Scenarios. Bloomsbury.
——. (2017) ‘Metaphor, irony and sarcasm in public discourse.’ Journal of Pragmatics, N° 109, pp. 95-104.
Wodak, R. (2015) The Politics of Fear. What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean. Sage.
Van Dijk, T.A. (2014) Discourse and Knowledge: A Sociocognitive Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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