21.3338, Calls: Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Semantics/United Kingdom

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Subject: 21.3338, Calls: Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Semantics/United Kingdom

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Date: 17-Aug-2010
From: Christian Hoffmann < Christian.Hoffmann at phil.uni-augsburg.de >
Subject: The Pragmatics of Quoting in CMC

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Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 10:34:02
From: Christian Hoffmann [Christian.Hoffmann at phil.uni-augsburg.de]
Subject: The Pragmatics of Quoting in CMC

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Full Title: The Pragmatics of Quoting in CMC 
Short Title: PragofQuo 

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom 
Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Wolfram Bublitz
Meeting Email: Wolfram.Bublitz at phil.uni-augsburg.de

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics 

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2010 

Meeting Description:

This panel addresses the pragmatics of quoting as a metacommunicative 
act in forms of computer-mediated communication (CMC). Surprisingly, not 
much research has been done into this intriguing topic even though quoting 
is doubtless one of CMC's most peculiar and also most frequent features; in 
fact, excessive quoting seems to be characteristic of several forms of CMC.

We adopt the established reading of quoting as the act of transferring a 
source text of an author A1 from its context to another (temporally and 
locally shifted) context by a quoter (A1 or A2) as a target text (quotation); to 
this we append the medium-induced amendment that the quoter can be 
non-human software (and quoting accordingly a process rather than an 
act). With the advent of CMC, quoting has undergone a metamorphosis as 
to its forms, socio-technological potential of textual reproduction and 
manipulation, functional range and, in general, as to its pragmatics. 

We invite contributions which focus on the pragmatics of quoting in 'new'
instead of 'old' media (books, newspapers, letters etc.) except for reasons 
of comparison. Leading questions are: 
-In which way is quoting achieved in CMC (i.e., what means, devices, 
strategies are employed)?
-To what end is quoting used in CMC (i.e., what are the motives and 
functions behind quoting)?
-Who is the quoting agent (i.e., is quoting actively and intentionally 
performed by a human user or executed automatically by non-human 

In particular, we wish to encourage the discussion of 
-verbal, kinesic, pictorial or filmic quotation signals which evoke and
indicate pragmatic functions of quotations in new media contexts (e.g. 
stylistic embellishment, authentification, alignment and affiliation, topical 
coherence, dialogicity, etc.) - and 
-the kind and degree of technological reproductivity (automatization),
intentionality and authorship in quotes of different Internet-based text 
genres, ranging from manual citations and copy-paste procedures (in chats 
and weblogs) to semi-automatic quotes (in emails or message boards) and 
fully automatic reproductions (in social network sites); 

Call For Papers

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20 minutes presentations plus 10
minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and confined to 
one page (including examples and references) with 1-inch margins and a 
font no smaller than 11 point.

Please send a pdf-file to christian.hoffmann(at)phil.uni-augsburg.de. The
subject of the message should specify 'IPRA abstract', and the body of the
message should include author name(s), affiliation(s) and contact 
information (including email address), and the title of the abstract.

The language of the conference session is English, and abstracts
should be written in the language of presentation. 

Important dates

September 30, 2010: Deadline for abstract submission
October 15, 2010: Notification of acceptance
July 3-8, 2011: IPRA Conference (Manchester)

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