CFP: Discourse 2.0 Language and New Media

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Mon Oct 11 01:15:19 UTC 2010

Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics
(GURT 2011)
Discourse 2.0: Language and New Media
March 10-13, 2011

*Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 10th, 2010
*Website: <> 

*Plenary Speakers:
   Jannis Androutsopoulos, University of Hamburg
     Naomi Baron, American University
       Susan Herring, Indiana University
       Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University
       Crispin Thurlow, University of Washington

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About GURT 2011:

Electronic media have come to dominate our linguistic lives.  Social media
such as Facebook and Twitter are reshaping people's interactions.  Texting
and instant messaging are transforming the very meaning of
"conversation," while Blogs and websites are gradually replacing newspapers
and television as the primary news outlets.

These new worlds of words occasion innovative uses of language and new
spaces for constructing identities, forming relationships, and expressing
social meanings.  GURT 2011 will explore how these ever-changing
technologies affect ever-adapting discourse.  The conference will bring
together leading researchers from around the world and from various analytic
perspectives, including anthropological linguistics, conversation and
discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, multimodality, variation
analysis, and visual analysis.

Explorations into the discourse of new media place this year's GURT at the
frontier of discourse as well as media studies.

Deborah Tannen and Anna Marie Trester
For questions, please e-mail: gurt at

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