On June 27, 2014, the Department of English and North-American Studies of the University of Minho at Braga, Portugal, with the support of the Centre for Humanistic Studies, will host an International Conference on "Internet Language: Communicating in a Global World".

With the emergence of the World Wide Web in the 1990s, communicating became not only much easier but possible on a global scale. By transmitting messages online, human beings soon developed new, creative ways to connect verbally with one another, the variety of which came to be labeled "computer-mediated communication" (CMC). This particular sort of discourse, as produced via networked computers (and related mobile phone technologies), is a key element of present-day social and interpersonal interaction. Hence the lavish academic debate over the various forms that CMC takes, from email and comment boards to discussion groups, real-time chat and virtual reality roleplaying games.

The linguistic features of the computer networked medium - which relies almost exclusively on visually-presented language - vary according not only to the kind of messaging system at stake, but also to the social and cultural backgrounds of the interactants. Besides, being free from the noise of other channels of communication and from physical context, they provide a privileged vantage point from which to investigate verbal interaction and the correlation between discourse and social practice.

Please look up the CFP here.