We are all users and learners of language, whether it occurs in the native language and culture or another, one of the many modalities of talk (e.g., face-to-face, chat) or in a particular context, venue, or domain.
This conference will focus on questions such as “How can the study of dialogue advance the area of language learning?” and “What can interaction studies in various contexts of multilingualism and multimodalities contribute to our understanding of being multicompetent?”. It will examine how Practice Theory (Bourdieu 1977) is used to build links between the work done in areas such as interaction analysis, conversation analysis, dialogue analysis, and ethnography of native speaker production, and that of applied areas such as language acquisition, technology, and communications.
In addition, the metaphor of “communities of practice” (Lave & Wenger 1991; Wenger 1998)–which refers to groups of people who interact due to their involvement in common practices, goals, and interests–will be extended as a focus for study at this conference. As fields such as language acquisition and artificial intelligence are increasingly interested in naturalistic dialogue as a source of rich linguistic and socializing input–as well as a stimulus for cognitive processes that facilitate acquisition–researchers seek to incorporate new ways of looking at dialogue.
We hope this conference will be of significant value to all by stimulating discussion among different fields focused on dialogue.
Possible session topics include:
- Dialogue and indexicality
- Dialogue by L2, L3, L4 learners
- Dialogue by native speakers
- Dialogue between native and nonnative speakers
- Dialogue in computer-mediated contexts
- Dialogue in personal and institutional contexts
- Dialogue in contexts of learning
- Dialogue in communities of practice
- Positioning and identity in dialogue
- Conversation analysis and dialogue
Plenary/workshop papers will be given by:
- Jurgen Streeck (University of Texas at Austin)
- Edda Weigand (University of Muenster)
- Richard Young (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
A selection of papers from the workshop will be published.