Workshop 2 - Challenges of computer-mediated communication data: #obstacles #opportunities



Marie-Louise Brunner (Trier University of Applied Sciences), Stefan Diemer (Trier University of Applied Sciences), Matt Gee (Birmingham City University) & Andrew Kehoe (Birmingham City University)


Workshop description

Computer-mediated communication (CMC) provides an ideal opportunity to study developments in contemporary English as they happen. This workshop aims to provide a discussion forum for researchers who are compiling and analyzing CMC data from a wide range of contexts. We invite research on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), blogs, forums, e-commerce, as well as online (email, IM) and video-mediated communication.

In particular, we are interested in research which discusses issues arising from the complex nature of CMC data. The workshop considers questions about data compilation, management, and analysis and invites researchers to approach data in new and flexible ways. We welcome innovative solutions and/or interdisciplinary studies combining fields such as corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, (multimodal) discourse analysis, and pragmatics.

Recent studies in CMC focus, for example, on regional and social variation (Huang et al. 2016), stance and solidarity (Evans 2016), self-branding (Page 2012), (im)politeness and online aggression (Lambert Graham & Hardaker 2017, Lutzky & Kehoe, 2017), topic and sentiment (Bourlai & Herring 2014, Kehoe & Gee 2012), multimodality, and interaction strategies (Brunner, Diemer & Schmidt 2016, Honey & Herring 2009).

By bringing together researchers working with CMC data we intend to foster an exchange of ideas for dealing with complex and multimodal datasets. Contributions to the workshop should thus illustrate problematic aspects and possible solutions with the help of concrete linguistic case studies. The workshop will close with a round table providing room for a discussion of opportunities and challenges with regard to this new data.


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Abstract submission

Please send your abstract (500 words including references) to ml.brunner(at) before 31/01/2019.