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.

Mirjana N. Dedaic & Luke Hillman, Georgetown University
Netaphor Wiki

Ilana Gershon, Indiana University
Conducting Research on New Media In and Out of Classrooms

Edward Maloney, Georgetown University
Student Engagement and New Media Technologies

Patricia O'Connor, Georgetown University
Eliciting Narrative: Using Digital Formats in Teaching Interdisciplinary Uses of Narrative

Anna Trester & Laura West, Georgetown University
Facework on Facebook: Intertextuality and Politeness Moves in an Online Social Networking Community

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


© 2010 GURT 2011 | Organized by Deborah Tannen & Anna Trester