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78 April 2014


As organizers of the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMPIRICAL METHODS IN LINGUISTICS–EMLS 2014, we have so far received almost 40 paper proposals related to language processing, forensic linguistics, language corpora, experimental analyses of grammar and discourse, phonic systems, social varieties of language, artificial languages, language contact, metaphor, and non-verbal communication. There is still room for several additional papers. Therefore, we have decided to extend the deadline for sending paper proposals till the end of the present month. Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their papers on January 31st, 2014.

Chair of English Language and General Linguistics, Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź, Poland is pleased to announce International Conference on Empirical Methods in Linguistics–Emil 2014, to be held in Łódź, 7-8 April, 2014.

The conference is intended as a meeting ground for scholars interested in applying empirical research methods in such areas of linguistics as phonology, grammar and syntax, semantics, non-verbal communication, sociolinguistics, evolution of language, and language processing. The following topics will be the subject of discussion, but the list is not exhaustive:

- categorisation
- construals of meaning
- forensic analyses of language
- gestures and signed communication
- grammaticalisation
- iconicity
- language coding and decoding
- language comprehension and production
- language disorders
- metaphor, metonymy, and interaction of these conceptual processes
- second language acquisition and learning
- social varieties of language
- sound systems of language
- universal and culture-specific elements in language and thought
- usage-based models of language.

Emphasis will be laid on ways of finding, storing, analysing, and interpreting current and historical data: experiment, observation, survey, questionnaire, corpus, and mixed methods.

The language of the conference is English. Papers should be 20 minutes long plus 10 minutes for discussion. Please send your proposals via our webpage. Deadline for the submission of abstracts (300 words) is December 31st,  2013. Participants will be notified of acceptance of their papers by January 31st, 2014. Abstracts can only be submitted after registration, online on the conference website at


Prof. dr  Krzysztof Kosecki
Dr Janusz Badio
Dr Sylwia Dżereń-Głowacka
Marcin Trojszczak, PhD student
Krzysztof Lewoc, MA


Prof. dr. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, University of  Łódź, Poland

Online interaction patterns: methodology and outcomes

The present paper focuses on computer-mediated communication (CMC) and online audience studies (Herring 2004). The main emphasis is put on presenting advantages of the application of linguistic methodology to research online users' emotion dynamics, interaction type, and emergent group identity (boyd 2001). Language usage provides the most immediate, authentic (i.e. non-reactive) data uncovering details of computer-mediated interaction, constituting direct and indirect evidence of what users are doing in such communication acts. Cognitive corpus linguistic and discourse analytic methodologies offer a well-developed tool set that allows a study of the types of interaction patterns in online communication by the application of qualitative and quantitative methods (Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk 2012, 2013, in press 1, in press 2).
The paper presents research on corpora of online comments, referring to political and social issues. It proposes a typology of online verbal interaction scenarios some of which may lead to significant outcomes in real life (e.g. change in relevant legal regulations).  Data from exchanges on current English online newspaper articles are discussed and a methodology to compare authentic face-to-face and online interaction is presented. It involves measures of Interconnectivity Value among participants and dynamics of discourse strategies and emotion patterning in particular interactional threads, which lead to the emergence and identification of, frequently ad hoc and conflicting, discourse group identities. 

Acknowledgement: The research was conducted within COST Action IS 0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies and the Polish National Research Center  (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) project No. 740/N-COST/2010/0  Przemiany w postrzeganiu rzeczywistości a język nowych mediów ‘Transformations in the perception of reality and the language of new media’.

Dr. Jörg Zinken, University of Portsmouth, UK

Language (diversity) and social action: Requests for action in Polish (and British English)

Situated social action is the basic environment in which language exists, as talk in social interaction.  But language “use” remains an afterthought in much linguistic work.  In this presentation, I propose that there is a relationship of interdependence between grammatical constructions and social actions.  This means that, first, observational data from co-present social interaction are of vital importance for the analysis of linguistic constructions and, second, the analysis of situated language use provides a promising avenue for research on universal and culture-specific aspects of human social life. Data come from video-recorded observations of everyday interaction in British English and Polish.  Analyses include how verbal aspect and auxiliaries of deontic modality enter into the constitution of requests. 


Papers (subject to review) will appear in a volume of proceedings to be published by an international publisher. Selected papers will be included in a volume of Research in Language, an international quarterly linked to the Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź.

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