[lg policy] call: Follow-ups in Mediated Political Discourse

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 28 15:07:19 UTC 2012

Follow-ups in Mediated Political Discourse
Short Title: IPrA

Date: 08-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013
Location: New Delhi, India
Contact Person: Anita Fetzer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://ipra.ua.ac.be/

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

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2013

Meeting Description:

(Accepted) Panel: Follow-ups in Mediated Political Discourse
Organized within the 13th International Pragmatics Conference, to be
held in New Delhi, India, 8-13 September 2013 by Anita Fetzer, Elda
Weizman and Lawrence N. Berlin


Anita Fetzer (anita.fetzeruni-wuerzburg.de)
Elda Weizman (elda.weizmanbiu.ac.il)
Lawrence N. Berlin (l-berlinneiu.edu)

In our modern societies, political discourse can no longer be
conceived of only as a static notion which has been produced at some
location and some time. Rather, political discourse has become more
and more dynamic due, in part, to our mediatised society, in
particular to the so-called 'new media'. Against this background, it
is necessary not only to analyse political discourse as a product, but
also as a process. For this reason, the communicative act of
follow-up, which is a process-oriented concept par excellence, is
expected to shed new light on the process-oriented nature of political

This panel focuses on the analysis of the forms and functions of
follow-ups, that is, how a particular discourse, discourse topic, or
discourse contribution is taken up and negotiated between the
communicators, and how it is commented on. Follow-ups are examined as
communicative acts, in and through which the pragmatic force and/or
content of a prior communicative act is accepted, challenged, or
otherwise negotiated and elaborated on 1) in a narrow sense with
reference to a locally adjacent communicative act or 2) in a broader
sense with reference to some communicative act of the same discourse
or of other discourses.

The discourses under investigation will comprise political discourse
across spoken and written dialogic genres considering 1) the discourse
domains of political interview, editorial, op-eds and discussion
forum; 2) their sequential organization as regards the status of
initial (or 1st order) follow-up, a follow-up of a prior follow-up
(2nd order follow-up), or nth-order follow-up; and 3) their discursive
realization as regards degrees of indirectness and responsiveness
which are conceptualized along continua defined by degree of
explicitness and degree of responsiveness (i.e., not containing any
attenuation devices).

Call for Papers:

The panel encourages the use of compositional methodology anchored to
1) sociopragmatics as regards context, sequentiality, participant
format, communicative action, implicature; 2) corpus linguistics as
regards quantification of data in order to identify possible
communicative patterns across discourse domains and cultures; 3)
discourse analysis as regards the definition of genre; and 4) social
psychology as regards face and face-work, and evasiveness.

Please send an abstract (500 words) to the three organisers.

Deadline: 1 September 2012
Notification: 15 September 2012

Consistent with IPrA requirements, abstracts (500 words) should be
sent to the three panel organizers (anita.fetzeruni-wuerzburg.de,
elda.weizmanbiu.ac.il, l-berlinneiu.edu) by September 1, 2012. If
accepted by the conveners, they will need to be submitted online
individually by November 1, 2012: 'Though it is the panel organizer(s)
who take(s) active responsibility for the quality of the contributions
to their panel (i.e. they decide what is accepted), abstracts should,
for all panel contributions, be submitted by the individual
contributors separately by the 1 November 2012 deadline that will be
handled for individual submissions (see below)'
(http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE13&n=1443). Presenters of
papers at IPrA 13 must be members of IPrA.


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