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"Internet Language: Communicating in a Global World" International Conference at the Univeristy of Minho, 26-27 th June 2014
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University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
"Internet Language: Communicating in a Global World"
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com until 15 April, 2014. Emails should be entitled: "Internet Language Conference".