LINGUIST List 32.2286

Tue Jul 06 2021

Confs: Disc Analys, Ling & Lit, Pragmatics, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 05-Jul-2021
From: Valentin Werner <>
Subject: Stylistic Approaches to Pop Culture
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Stylistic Approaches to Pop Culture

Date: 02-Sep-2021 - 03-Sep-2021
Location: Vechta, Germany
Contact: Valentin Werner
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

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.

Program Information:

Keynote speakers: Christiana Gregoriou (University of Leeds) and Dan McIntyre (University of Huddersfield)

The full conference program is available on the conference page:

Participation in the online event is free of charge. To get access to the live talks, please contact

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