27.3642, Calls: Disc Analysis, Lang Acquisition, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Socioling/UK

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Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:07:09
From: Larissa Timofeeva-Timofeev [Timofeeva at ua.es]
Subject: Exploring Identities through Humor

Full Title: Exploring Identities through Humor 

Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom 
Contact Person: Larissa Timofeeva-Timofeev
Meeting Email: Timofeeva at ua.es

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2016 

Meeting Description:

The panel “Exploring Identities through Humor” (organized by Larissa
Timofeeva-Timofeev & Leonor Ruiz-Gurillo, University of Alicante, Spain) aims
to provide an interdisciplinary framework for a fruitful reflection on how
linguistic humor is used as an identity-building tool and as a psychosocial
strategy. Humor, seen as a perfect combination of subversion and fun, becomes
a powerful means towards cultural and personal affirmation, since its format
allows speakers to voice opinions and ideas which would probably be
inappropriate within a serious mode of communication.

Children learn to understand, to define and to state linguistically their
different identities as a part of their cognitive, psychosocial and
metalinguistic development (Erikson 1968, 1996; Gombert 1992; Eccles 1999;
Santaemilla, Gallardo & Sanmartín 2002; Yus 2002; Litosseliti & Suderland
2012). Indeed, some research reveals that as early as age 2 years, girls and
boys exhibit incipient gender awareness through their gender labeling (Zosuls
et al. 2008, 2009). Different developmental achievements –such as physical
independence, an awareness and control over the closest environment, the
ability to cope with relatives, social and school demands, or the process of
self-esteem building– enable the child to reflect on her or his individual
role(s) in society and to make decisions about their relations with peers and
adults. The development of so-called humor competence (McGhee 1979, 2002;
Martin 2007; Hoicka 2014; Hoicka & Gattis 2008) runs parallel to all of these
phases, since humorous procedures are frequently drawn on this understanding
of themselves and the environment. 

Later, as adults, speakers use humor in order to shape their sexual,
political, religious, cultural, professional identity/ies (Lennox Terrion &
Ashforth 2002; De Fina, Schiffrin & Bamberg 2006; Habib 2008; Schwartz, Luyckx
& Vignoles 2011; Jenks, Lou & Bhatia 2015), and a variety of linguistic
procedures are put into practice in their conversations with the aim to tackle
many crucial social issues under an (apparently) humorous format. Along this
line, studies on genderlect-building through humor (Crawford 1995; Yus 2002;
Martin 2007; Ruiz Gurillo 2015) arise as one of the most promising research

Finally, a comprehensive analysis of identities reflected through humor should
also tackle a range of linguistic, cognitive, psychological and neurological
disorders as long as they have an impact on humorous communication (e.g. SLI,
ADHD, ASD, schizophrenia, etc.). A thorough approach to the specific features
of humor interpretation and production related to these impairments (cfr.
Martin 2007: 269-308; Samson 2013; Samson & Antonelli 2013; Tschacher et al.
2015) will enable researchers to formulate a more accurate description and to
advance in the understanding of these alternative identities.   

Contributions, in English and Spanish, concerning all of these topics are

2nd Call for Papers

Contributions are invited to the panel “Exploring Identities through Humor”.
Contributions, in English and Spanish, concerning all of the topics in the
description are welcome.

Abstracts should be submitted via the official conference website:
http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE15&n=1516 by 15 October 2016. 

Please note that IPrA membership is required for submitting an abstract and
for presenting during the conference.

If you want a previous review of your abstract (before submitting to IPrA
website), please send it to the panel organizers at Timofeeva at ua.es or
Leonor.ruiz at ua.es by 25 September 2016. You will be notified about the
acceptance of your abstract by 1 October 2016.


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