Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT) 2011

March 10-13, 2011
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

On-site registration: Located in the ICC Galleria

Thursday, March 10th: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday & Saturday, March 11-12th: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 13th: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Plenary Speakers

Jannis Androutsopoulos, University of Hamburg
Dialects on Display: Performance and Negotiation of Linguistic Localness in the Participatory Web
Naomi Baron, American University
Print or Onscreen: Better, Worse, or About the Same?
Susan Herring, Indiana University
Discourse in Web 2.0: Familiar, Reconfigured, and Emergent
Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University
How Social Media Make Cross-Generational Discourse Like Cross-Cultural Communication
Crispin Thurlow, University of Washington
Fakebook: Synthetic Media, Pseudo-sociality and the Rhetorics of Web 2.0

Workshops: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Click on the organizer names to view times and descriptions. Click HERE to view the full schedule of workshops.

GURT 2011 Theme

Electronic media have come to dominate our linguistic lives. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are reshaping people’s interactions. Texting and instant messaging are transforming the very meaning of “conversation,” while blogs and websites are gradually replacing newspapers and television as the primary news outlets.

These new worlds of words occasion innovative uses of language and new spaces for constructing identities, forming relationships, and expressing social meanings. GURT 2011 will explore how these ever-changing technologies affect ever-adapting discourse. The conference will bring together leading researchers from around the world and from various analytic perspectives, including anthropological linguistics, conversation and discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, multimodality, variation analysis, and visual analysis.

Explorations into the discourse of new media place this year’s GURT at the frontier of discourse as well as media studies.

Call for papers

GURT 2011 poster

ASL interpretation