[Air-L] Please Post the Announcement Below

Naomi Susan Baron nbaron at american.edu
Sat Apr 5 18:08:24 PDT 2014

Subject: Internet Language Conference in Braga, Portugal (June 26-27, 

"Internet Language: Communicating in a Global World"
International Conference
Universidade do Minho
26-27 de Junho de 2014
With the emergence of the World Wide Web in the 1990s, communicating 
became not only much easier but possible on a global scale. By 
transmitting messages online, human beings soon developed new, creative 
ways to connect verbally with one another, the variety of which came to be 
labeled "computer-mediated communication" (CMC). This particular sort of 
discourse, as produced via networked computers, is a key element of 
present-day social and interpersonal interaction. Hence the lavish 
academic input into the study of the various forms that CMC takes, from 
email and comment boards to discussion groups, real-time chat and virtual 
reality roleplaying games.
The linguistic features of the computer networked medium - which relies 
almost exclusively on visually-presented language - vary according not 
only to the kind of messaging system at stake, but also to the social and 
cultural backgrounds of the interactants. Besides, being free from the 
noise of other channels of communication and from physical context, they 
provide a privileged vantage point from which to investigate verbal 
interaction and the correlation between discourse and social practice.
We welcome contributions for 20-minute papers in English on any aspect of 
the study of Internet language and online discourse.
Possible topics include (but are not restricted to):
- Linguistic features of synchronous versus asynchronous online exchanges:
- Written/oral and formal/informal dichotomies
- Lexical creativity
- Syntactic fragmentation
- Expressive substitutes for auditory information (like prosody and 
laughter) and for gestural and body information
- Online conversational interaction:
- Turn-taking: gaps, overlaps, interruptions
- Adjacency strategies: addressivity, linking, quoting
- Participation structures: one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many
- Uncertainty reduction strategies in the absence of nonverbal cues 
(self-disclosure, question asking, and question/disclosure intimacy) 
- Speech-act design: online criticism, requesting, complaining, 
protesting, disagreeing, "flaming", etc.
- Politeness versus impoliteness in CMC:
- Online face-threatening acts
- Topic management
- Role of gender and age in ingroup versus outgroup interaction
- Questions of anonymity, accountability and physical, geographical and 
temporal detachment
- "Netiquette" and FAQ discourse
- Socially-conditioned variation:
- Use of discursive markers of social class, age, race and ethnicity (such 
as culture-specific lexis, code-switching, etc.)
- Adherence to culturally-prescribed gendered interactional norms
- Choice of online identity versus stereotyping
- Variation according to communication purpose (recreational, political, 
professional, pedagogical, creative, etc.)
-  Discursive indicators of social and antisocial behaviour:
- Social behaviour: affectivity, cohesiveness, and interactivity
- Antisocial behaviour: negative socioemotional behaviour, group 
exclusion, and confrontational interaction
- Ideological expression of power hierarchies in virtual communities:
- Discursive negotiation and expression of asymmetrical social relations 
in cyberspace
- Overrepresentation of white, middle class, English-speaking males in 
computer-mediated discourse
- Computer-mediated communication as a tool of either oppression or 
- Dominance of the English language on the Internet, and the consequent 
global spread of U.S. values and cultural practices.
Abstracts of 250-300 words, including full title of paper, name of 
speaker, institutional affiliation and position, a bio-sketch and contact 
details (postal address and e-mail address), should be sent as Word 
attachments to Prof. Isabel Ermida SIMULTANEOUSLY at 
iermida at ilch.uminho.pt and netlangconf at gmail.com until 15 April, 2014. 
Emails should be entitled: "Internet Language Conference".

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Naomi S. Baron
Executive Director, Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning
Professor of Linguistics (World Languages & Cultures, CAS)
Hurst 214    American University    Washington, DC 20016

phone: 202-885-2455                   email:  nbaron at american.edu

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