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[ecrea] cfp: Special Issue Call for Internet Pragmatics: Understanding Chinese Social Media

Mon May 07 08:17:02 GMT 2018

The newly launched journal Internet Pragmatics by John Benjamins is seeking contributions to a special issue on Chinese social media to be published in 2020.

You can find details of the call here,

You can read about the journal here,


Special Issue Call

Topic: Understanding Chinese social media
Journal: Internet Pragmatics 3:1 (to be published around January 2020) Editors: Sumin Zhao ((suminzhao /at/ & Chaoqun Xie
((internetpragmatics /at/

Important dates:

Abstract due: July 1, 2018

Full paper due: December 31, 2018 Revised paper due: April 1, 2019
Whole manuscript sent to the Publisher: July 31, 2019 Issue published: January 2020

Social media networks play a critical role in the social landscape of contemporary China. WeChat, for instance, attracts 963 million active users each month as of 2017 (Statistica, 2017) and is one of the key digital means of communication for the highly mobile, both internally and internationally, Chinese population (e.g. Yu, Huang and Liu 2017; Zhou and Gui 2017; Zhao and Flewitt, in pro). While there is a growing body of applied linguistics research on social media platforms such as Facebook (e.g. Georgalou 2017; Tagg, Seargeant, and Brown 2017) and Twitter (e.g. Page 2012, 2018; Zappavigna 2011, 2018; Dayter 2016), the rich language and multimodal practices on Chinese social media are not well understood. The purpose of this special issue is to showcase state‐of‐art applied linguistics in particular pragmatics research on Chinese social media (e.g. WeChat, Weibo, QQ, etc) and explore theoretical, methodological and ethical issues in researching Chinese social media. Specifically, it aims to address (but not limited to) the following topics:

•	What are the emerging forms of communicative genres and conventions?
•	What are the pragmatic features of Chinese social media?
• What are the technological affordances of Chinese social media platforms/applications and how they mediate communicative events?

•	How are different forms of social identities constructed and negotiated?
•	How is facework, politeness or impoliteness done on Chinese social media?


Dayter, Daria. 2016. Discursive Self in Microblogging: Speech acts, Stories and Self‐praise. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Farina, Matteo. 2018. Facebook and Conversation Analysis: The Structure and Organization of Comment Threads. London: Bloomsbury.

Statistica.2017. Number of monthly active WeChat users from 2nd quarter 2010 to 2nd quarter 2017 (in millions). Retrieved at‐of‐active‐wechat‐; messenger‐accounts/

Page, Ruth 2012. “The linguistics of self‐branding and micro‐celebrity in Twitter: The role of hashtags.” Discourse & communication 6(2): 181‐201.

Page, Ruth. 2018. Narratives Online: Shared Stories in Social Media. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tagg, Caroline, Seargeant, Philip, and Amy Aisha Brown. 2017. Taking Offence on Social Media: Conviviality and Communication on Facebook. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Georgalou, Mariza. 2017. Discourse and Identity on Facebook. London: Bloomsbury.

Yu, Qian, Peiying Huang, and Liming Liu. 2017. “From ‘connected presence’ to ‘panoptic presence’: Reframing the parent–child relationship on mobile instant messaging uses in the Chinese translocal context.” Mobile Media & Communication 5(2): 123‐138. doi:10.1177/2050157916688348

Zappavigna, Michele. 2012. Discourse of Twitter and Social Media: How We Use Language to Create Affiliation on the Web. London: Bloomsbury.

Zappavigna, Michele. 2018. Searchable Talk: Hashtags and Social Media Metadiscourse. London: Bloomsbury.

Zhou, Baohua, and Shihui Gui. 2017 “WeChat and distant family intergenerational communication in China: A study of online content sharing on WeChat.” In New Media and Chinese Society, ed. by Ke Xue, and Mingyang Yu, 185‐206. Singapore: Springer.

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