29.3021, Calls: Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/China

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Subject: 29.3021, Calls: Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/China

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Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 16:47:24
From: Katharina König [katharina.koenig at wwu.de]
Subject: Adapted and Emergent Practices in Dialogic Text-based CMC

Full Title: Adapted and Emergent Practices in Dialogic Text-based CMC 

Date: 09-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Hong Kong, China 
Contact Person: Katharina König
Meeting Email: katharina.koenig at wwu.de

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018 

Meeting Description:

Text-based computer-mediated communication (CMC) is embedded in structural and
social settings which affect the adaptation and innovation of dialogic
practices, both temporal-sequential and interpersonal. In near-synchronous
modes of interaction, such as IR chats, Twitter debates and WhatsApp chats,
the dynamics of ‘turn’ construction and ‘turn’ taking is largely shaped by
spatial-visual constraints and the technological mediation of temporality
(e.g., ordered uploading of postings, speed of text production, display of
time-stamps etc.). Stance-taking and the contextualization of different
activity types are marked by verbal expressions and (ortho)graphic devices
(Petitjean/Morel 2017). Moreover, technological affordances open up new
practices of text construction and meaning-making (e.g., hyperlinking, voice
messages). Coordination, intersubjectivity and texturing are thus facilitated
and accomplished by a variety of semiotic resources – some imported from
pre-digital modalities, some emergent (Herring 2013) – whose functions are
(re)defined through their use, interpretation and conventionalization in
specific digital communities (Jucker/Dürscheid 2012; Tagg 2015). Such
resources include discourse markers, emojis, spelling, punctuation or
meta-discourse. The panel sets out to explore the forms and functions of such
resources in different platforms and across socio-linguistic systems by
describing particular practices and devices and elucidating the emergence of
more general conventions. The panel is thus aimed at contributing to a broader
pragmatic typology (Dingemanse et al. 2014) of CMC by addressing the following

- Do users transfer discourse markers or other verbal(ized) devices from
spoken interactions? To what extent do they adapt their use of these devices
to technological affordances? Are there markers which have emerged as a
reaction to these affordances and constraints and which are thus particular to

- What type of adaptations do written practices and devices undergo when
introduced into text-based CMC? How do they evolve once used in a specific
interactional mode?

- Which communicative problems do users solve with practices imported from
pre-digital modalities? Do different formal or functional patterns of use
emerge in different postings formats and across various platforms?

- Do we need new methods or can interactional and CA-oriented concepts be
transferred to the analysis of computer-mediated discourse?

Dingemanse, M./Blythe, J./Dirksmeyer, T., 2014. ‘Formats for other-initiation
of repair across languages: An exercise in pragmatic typology’. Studies in
Language 38(1), 5–43.
Herring, S., 2013. Discourse in web 2.0: Familiar, reconfigured, and emergent.
In: D. Tannen/A. Trester (Hg.): Discourse 2.0. Language and New Media.
Washington D.C.: GUP, 1–25.
Jucker, A. H./Dürscheid, C., 2012. ‘The linguistics of keyboard-to-screen
communication. A new terminological framework’. Linguistik Online, 56, 1-26. 
Petitjean, C. and Morel, E., 2017. “Hahaha”. Laughter as a resource to manage
WhatsApp conversations. In: Journal of Pragmatics 110, 1–19. 
Tagg, C., 2015. Exploring Digital Communication. Language in Action. London:

Co-organized by
Katharina König (WWU Münster)
Michal Marmorstein (Hebrew University Jerusalem)

Call for Papers:

Please submit abstracts for this panel by 15 October 2018 through the IPrA2019
conference website: https://pragmatics.international/page/CfP


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