• *** Deadline Extension: 31 January 2017***
  • Workshop title: Discourses of Aggression and Violence in Greek Digital Communication
  • Convenor: Ourania Hatzidaki, Hellenic Air Force Academy

Held in the context of the 13th International Conference on Greek Linguistics (ICGL13), 7-9 September 2017, University of Westminster, UK.

This workshop aims at exploring the multifaceted relationship between language and aggression/violence, with a special focus on the discourse of Greek users of social media and other means of computer-mediated communication (CMC).

Aggressive and even violent language abounds in digital communication, notably in the social media. Crucial affordances making the online environment conducive to verbal aggression are (perceived) anonymity, physical distance, invisibility, (relative) lack of accountability, amplification by viraling, guilt free exploitation of people’s voluntary self-exposure etc. Such features render online environments fertile breeding ground for the phenomenon of toxic disinhibition (Suler 2004), resulting in a multitude of forms of (often excessive) verbal aggression.

Research areas for proposed contributions can include but are not limited to:

  • cyberhate (political, racist, sports- and gender-/LGBT-related etc. hate speech)
  • violent/insurgent speech of (potentially) politically radicalized individuals or extremist groups
  • online slang, swearing and blasphemy
  • cyberbullying, cyberthreatening, flaming, trolling, verbal dueling
  • indirect or covert linguistic violence (via irony, humour and sarcasm, or via metaphor and euphemism)
  • cyberbanter (using aggressive/violent language for entertainment, bonding, agreeing/approving, supporting etc.)
  • correlation between linguistic violence and non-linguistic/demographic variables (e.g. gender, political ideology etc.; CMC type; and so on)
  • formal (morphosyntactic, lexicophraseological, lexicosemantic etc.) issues of violent CMC speech (e.g. neologisms, ad hoc coinages, types of argot – e.g. sports fans’)

This workshop welcomes multidisciplinary analyses, i.e. combining a variety of methodologies (critical discourse analysis, conversation analysis, corpus/quantitative linguistics, multimodal analysis, social science analysis, ethnographic research etc.). However, proposals should have a clear and substantial linguistic component. Especially welcome, given the availability of massive quantities of social media language in digital form, are analyses (quantitative and qualitative) of large datasets (collected, for instance, by means of a web crawler).

Reference: Suler, John. 2004. “The online disinhibition effect.” CyberPsychology & Behavior 7(3), 321-326.

Abstract submission: Those who wish to participate in the above workshop are invited to submit their abstract by 31 January 2017 to the following electronic addresshttp://linguistlist.org/easyabs/ICGL13. On the abstract submission page, log in to the submission system and start the submission process. An e-mail confirmation of receipt of abstract will be sent to you immediately. Your text should be 300 words maximum (including references, if any). Do not use any special fonts, such as bold print or caps. Do not add tables, photos, or diagrams to your abstract. Do not indent your paragraphs, leave one space between paragraphs instead. Papers may be presented either in Greek or in English and should be 20 minutes long followed by a 10-minute discussion.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 April 2017

This workshop is held in the context of the 13th International Conference on Greek Linguistics (ICGL13, http://icgl13.westminster.ac.uk). Each participant is entitled to submit only one (single or joint) abstract, whether for an oral presentation to the main conference or for a workshop, or whether for a poster presentation, either as a single author or as a co-author. In exceptional circumstances a single and a joint abstract by the same author might be allowed- please contact the Organising Committee for further details: icgl13@my.westminster.ac.uk

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