27.3470, Calls: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics / Altre Modernità (Jrnl)

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Subject: 27.3470, Calls: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics / Altre Modernità (Jrnl)

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Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:33:53
From: Massimiliano Demata [maxdemata at yahoo.com]
Subject: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics / Altre Modernità (Jrnl)

Full Title: Altre Modernità 

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2017 

Call for Papers:

Call for abstracts for Altre Modernità
Language and Discourse in Social Media: New Challenges, New Approaches

A special issue of Altre Modernità, edited by Prof. Massimiliano Demata
(University of Bari, Italy), Prof. Dermot Heanet (University of Milan, Italy),
and Prof. Susan C. Herring (Indiana University)

Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) is an increasingly important area in
linguistics. The groundbreaking work in new media discourse of Jannis
Androutsopoulos, Naomi Baron, Susan Herring and Crispin Thurlow has shown that
the new avenues of communication opened up by the internet demand a
reassessment of the approaches traditionally used in language and discourse
analysis. In particular, social media, for example Social networking sites
(SNSs), with their user-generated content, are an expanding domain of research
which linguists from various branches, including discourse analysts, are
increasingly using for data collection and analysis.

In debates about the nature of CMC, the claim is often made that the Internet
represents a new public sphere, in the meaning given to it by Habermas, that
is, "a society engaged in critical public debate." Indeed, besides their
obvious function as instrument for private, individual communication, social
media are nowadays routinely used for public communication and debate in all
fields. In particular, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Tumblr and other platforms
based on user-generated content have become necessary instruments for
spreading information and holding discussion on the most disparate subjects,
and it is quite clear that the impact of the discourses elaborated by the
social media in the public sphere has superseded that of traditional media. 

Language use itself is developing in new ways mainly due to the specific
technological features associated with the production of texts within social
media. This new modality has generated a variety of new forms or has adapted
old styles: synchronous and asynchronous chats on online public messaging
platforms, Facebook "statuses", "tweets" as well as comments and discussions
on Youtube encompass a wide variety of text genres and a mix of new and old
linguistic and paralinguistic features of writing which are pushing the
critical boundaries of traditional categories in textual and discourse

This issue of Altre Modernità aims at bringing together new research on the
language of social media. Traditional approaches to language analysis should
be extended, adapted or even revised to account for the huge variety of texts
and genres produced within the new (and ever-evolving) modalities of social
media. Accordingly, we welcome papers focusing on the uses of English in
social media, employing and extending a variety of perspectives in language
analysis of new media, including, but without being limited to, Functional
Grammar, Pragmatics, Genre Theory, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis and
Multimodality. Contributions may address how discourses of economy, politics,
science, or contemporary political issues are represented in social media. 

Please submit abstracts by 15 January 2017. Decisions will be sent to the
authors of selected abstracts on 1 February 2017. Full papers are due by 15
November 2017. Publication is scheduled in 2018. 

Please send abstracts to: massimiliano.demata at uniba.it


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