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Modern Language Society Helsinki










Dialogic Language Use 2:

Constructing Identity in Interpersonal Communication

Helsinki, August 19-21, 2009


Call for papers



Identity is a broad, complex and increasingly topical issue in a variety of fields such as sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, linguistic anthropology and language learning and teaching, where identity is primarily regarded as a social phenomenon. In other words, the self and other are positioned in interpersonal communication where the roles and relationships are expressed, established and negotiated. But how exactly is this done? Some theoretical and methodological approaches highlight those aspects of identity that relate the concept to macro-level demographic categories like class, gender, ethnicity and age, while others focus on identities emerging in specific interactions. So, what is the role of an abstraction like social class, on the one hand, and situated meaning-making, on the other? Which linguistic forms are relevant in identity work? And what kind of methods can we employ to broaden our understanding of language and identity?

The conference on Dialogic Language Use 2 aims at understanding the complexity of identity by bringing together scholars from diverse theoretical and methodological backgrounds and creating theoretical and methodological interfaces between macro- and microanalytic approaches, quantitative and qualitative methods, spoken and written language, and the synchronic and diachronic perspectives. The conference focuses on English, German and Romance languages.

The conference is organized by the Modern Language Society of Helsinki and the proceedings of the conference will also be published by the Modern Language Society in the series Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique. The conference languages are English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

The first conference on Dialogic Language Use was organized by the society in March 2004 and the conference proceedings were published in 2006 as the volume Dialogic Language Use (Helsinki, Modern Language Society).

The call for papers will be circulated in the autumn 2008.

The organizing committee

Minna Palander-Collin, Minna Nevala, Päivi Sihvonen, Mari Lehtinen,
Marjo Vesalainen and Hartmut Lenk





For more information, contact

minna.palander-collin [at] (English)

hartmut.lenk [at] (German)

paivi.sihvonen[ [at] (Romance languages)


Last update: March 230, 2009