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What’s Up, Switzerland? Language, Individuals and Ideologies in mobile messaging.

English title What’s Up, Switzerland? Language, Individuals and Ideologies in mobile messaging.
Applicant Stark Elisabeth
Number 160714
Funding scheme Sinergia
Research institution Romanisches Seminar Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Romance languages and literature
Start/End 01.01.2016 - 29.02.2020
Approved amount 1'787'280.00
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Discipline
Romance languages and literature
German and English languages and literature

Keywords (17)

morphosyntax; English; Italian; French; Romansh; media studies; writing strategies; critical discourse analysis; WhatsApp; German; linguistic variation; argument drop; verbal periphrases; emojis; WhatsApp messages; Emojis; mobile communication

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Das Projekt hat die erste umfassende Untersuchung der mobilen Kommunikation via WhatsApp in der Schweiz zum Gegenstand, d.h deren sprachliche und orthographische, individuelle und me-diendiskursbezogene Repräsentation, auf der Basis eines Korpus von etwa 5 Millionen ‘Wörtern’, d.h. es hat eine sprach- und kommunikationswissenschaftliche Ausrichtung.
Lay summary

Das Hauptanliegen dieses Sinergiaprojektes besteht in der Analyse einer der meist verbreiteten Formen mobiler Kommunikation, nämlich WhatsApp Chats. Es verfolgt drei konkrete Forschungsziele: Eine korpuslinguistische Aufbereitung der im Sommer 2014 mit Hilfe der Schweizer Bevölkerung erstellten WhatsApp Datensammlung (vgl. das Schweizer SMS-Korpus, cf. https://sms.linguistik.uzh.ch/bin/view/Main/WebHome); die Beschreibung sprachlicher und (ortho)graphischer Eigenheiten der WhatsApp Nachrichten (in Deutsch, Französisch, Italienisch und Rätoromanisch); die Erfassung des Mediendiskurses über elektronisch vermittelte Kommunikation, in der Schweiz und darüberhinaus.

Diese Ziele werden in vier Subprojekten verfolgt: Subprojekt A, “Language(s) of WhatsApp: Verbal Periphrases and Argument Drop(Elisabeth Stark, Zürich; Bruno Moretti/Silvia Natale, Bern), zu Ellipsen von Verbergänzungen und zu Verbalperiphrasen; Subprojekt B, Language Design in WhatsApp: Icono/Graphy” (Christa Dürscheid, Zürich; Federica Diémoz, Neuchâtel) zu spezifischen Schreibstrategien und der Verwendung von Emoijs; Subprojekt C, “Individuals in WhatsApp” (Beat Siebenhaar, Universität Leipzig, Deutschland) zur individuellen Variation in einzelnen Chats; Subprojket D, Ideologies: The Cultural Discourses and Social Meanings of Mobile Communication“ (Crispin Thurlow, Bern) zum öffentlichen Diskurs über mobile Kommunikation in den neuen Medien.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 19.11.2015

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Publications

Publication
Das Internet - ein Sündenbabel? Digitale Kommunikation und Sprachgebrauch
Möller Sarah, Sjöberg Julia (2017), Das Internet - ein Sündenbabel? Digitale Kommunikation und Sprachgebrauch, in Sprachspiegel, 130.
"Hahaha": Laughter as resource to manage WhatsApp conversations
Petitjean C., Morel Etienne (2017), "Hahaha": Laughter as resource to manage WhatsApp conversations, in Journal of Pragmatics, (110), 1-19.
“Forget about the words”? Tracking the language, media and semiotic ideologies of digital discourse: The case of sexting
Thurlow Crispin (2017), “Forget about the words”? Tracking the language, media and semiotic ideologies of digital discourse: The case of sexting, in Discourse, Context & Media, (20), 10-19.
Démarcations graphiques et entités linguistiques: le cas du français
Béguelin Marie-José (2017), Démarcations graphiques et entités linguistiques: le cas du français, in Pecorari F. A. Ferrari L. Lala (ed.), Franco Cesati, Firenze, 187-2054.
Internetkommunikation, Sprachwandel und DaF-Didaktik
Dürscheid Christa (2017), Internetkommunikation, Sprachwandel und DaF-Didaktik, in Moraldo Sandro M./Missaglia Federica (ed.), 139-157.
Jenseits des Alphabets. Kommunikation mit Emojis.
Dürscheid Christa, Siever Christina (2017), Jenseits des Alphabets. Kommunikation mit Emojis., in Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik, 45(2), 256-285.
Textos: assemblages hétérosémiotiques. Approche plurielle des pratiques plurilingues dans la communication par SMS et WhatsApp
Morel Etienne (2017), Textos: assemblages hétérosémiotiques. Approche plurielle des pratiques plurilingues dans la communication par SMS et WhatsApp, De Boeck Duculot, Louvain-la-Neuve.
What’s up, Switzerland? A corpus-based research project in a multilingual country
Ueberwasser Simone, Stark Elisabeth (2017), What’s up, Switzerland? A corpus-based research project in a multilingual country, in Linguistik online, 84(4), 105-126.
What's up, Switzerland? Language, individuals and ideologies in mobile messaging.
Ueberwasser Simone, Stark Elisabeth (2017), What's up, Switzerland? Language, individuals and ideologies in mobile messaging., in Babylonia, 2017(2), 64-65.
WhatsApp-Kommunikation gehörloser Personen in der Deutschschweiz: Eine qualitative Korpusanalyse (Teil I)
Meili Aline (2017), WhatsApp-Kommunikation gehörloser Personen in der Deutschschweiz: Eine qualitative Korpusanalyse (Teil I), in Das Zeichen - Zeitschrift für Sprache und Kultur Gehörloser, (105), 108-121.
WhatsApp-Kommunikation gehörloser Personen in der Deutschschweiz: Elliptische Strukturen (Teil II)
Meili Aline (2017), WhatsApp-Kommunikation gehörloser Personen in der Deutschschweiz: Elliptische Strukturen (Teil II), in Das Zeichen - Zeitschrift für Sprache und Kultur Gehörloser, (106), 276-289.
Caractères figuratifs et autres symboles
Siever Christina Margrit (2016), Caractères figuratifs et autres symboles, in VSAO Journal, (5), 35-36.
Digitale Kommunikation und die Folgen für den Sprachgebrauch
Dürscheid Christa (2016), Digitale Kommunikation und die Folgen für den Sprachgebrauch, in Schiewe Jürgen (ed.), 67-76.
Fehler über Fehler? Internettexte und Deutschunterricht
Dürscheid Christa (2016), Fehler über Fehler? Internettexte und Deutschunterricht, in Rundbrief AkDaF, (70), 6-19.
Foto-Communitys als multimodale digitale Kommunikationsform
Siever Christina Margrit (2016), Foto-Communitys als multimodale digitale Kommunikationsform, in Klug Nina-Maria (ed.), de Gruyter, Berlin, Boston, 455-475.
Nähe, Distanz und neue Medien
Dürscheid Christa (2016), Nähe, Distanz und neue Medien, in Feilke Helmuth (ed.), de Gruyter, Berlin, Boston, 357-385.
Neue Dialoge – alte Konzepte? Die schriftliche Kommunikation via Smartphone
Dürscheid Christa (2016), Neue Dialoge – alte Konzepte? Die schriftliche Kommunikation via Smartphone, in Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik, 44(3), 437-468.
Reflexion über Sprache im DaF-Unterricht – am Beispiel von kleinen Texten
Dürscheid Christa (2016), Reflexion über Sprache im DaF-Unterricht – am Beispiel von kleinen Texten, in Freudenberg-Findeise Renate (ed.), Olms, Hildesheim, 167-184.
Schreiben Digital. Wie das Internet unsere Alltagskommunikation verändert
Dürscheid Christa, Frick Karina (2016), Schreiben Digital. Wie das Internet unsere Alltagskommunikation verändert, Kröner, Stuttgart.
Schriftliche Alltagskommunikation gehörloser Personen in der Deutschschweiz. Eine qualitative Korpusanalyse von WhatsApp-Nachrichten
Meili Aline (2016), Schriftliche Alltagskommunikation gehörloser Personen in der Deutschschweiz. Eine qualitative Korpusanalyse von WhatsApp-Nachrichten, in Net.Worx, 1(75), 1.
Von Bildzeichen und Zeichenschrift
Siever Christina Margrit (2016), Von Bildzeichen und Zeichenschrift, in VSAO Journal, (5), 35-36.
Argument drop in Swiss WhatsApp messages - a pilot study on French and (Swiss) German
Meier Petra, Stark Elisabeth, Argument drop in Swiss WhatsApp messages - a pilot study on French and (Swiss) German, in Zeitschrift für Französische Sprache und Literatur.
Beziehungsanbahnung im Netz. Text, Bild und Gatekeeping
Dürscheid Christa, Beziehungsanbahnung im Netz. Text, Bild und Gatekeeping, in Linke Angelika (ed.), de Gruyter, Berlin, Boston.
Digitale ikonographetische Kommunikation: Emojis in WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook und co
Siever Christina, Digitale ikonographetische Kommunikation: Emojis in WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook und co, in Networx.
Enmarcando el lenguaje de los nuevos medios [Framing new media language]
Thurlow Crispin, Enmarcando el lenguaje de los nuevos medios [Framing new media language], in M. Giammatteo P. Gubitosi & A. Parini (ed.), Iberoamericana, Madrid.
Funktionen von Emojis und Altersabhängigkeit ihres Gebrauchs in der WhatsApp-Kommunikation
Siebenhaar Beat, Funktionen von Emojis und Altersabhängigkeit ihres Gebrauchs in der WhatsApp-Kommunikation, in Ziegler Arne (ed.).
Internetkommunikation, Sprachwandel und DaF-Didaktik
Dürscheid Christa, Internetkommunikation, Sprachwandel und DaF-Didaktik, in Moraldo Sandro (ed.).
Zeichen setzen im digitalen Schreiben
Christa Dürscheid, Zeichen setzen im digitalen Schreiben, in Busch Florian, Androutsopoulos Jannis (ed.), de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Digital Society Initiative, University of Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Christiane von Stutterheim, professor for German as a foreign language, University of Heidelberg Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Florence Lefeuvre, professor for French linguistics at Sorbonne nouvelle University, Paris 3 France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
URPP Language and Space, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Ana Deumert (University of Cape Town) South Africa (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Rodney Jones, professor at the Department of English at the City University of Hong Kong United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Cécile Petitjean Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Fachportal der Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
PhD Program Linguistics, University of Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Peter Schlobinski, professor for Germanic linguistics at the Leibniz Universität Hannover Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Zurich Center for Linguistics, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Marie-José Béguelin, emeritus professor of French linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Liliane Haegeman, professor for English linguistics at the University of Ghent Belgium (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Matthias Grünert, professor for Romansh at the University of Fribourg Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Michael Beißwenger, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Institut für Germanistik Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
"Schweiz forscht". Citizen science initiative Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Jürgen Spitzmüller, as of 2015 professor for socioling. and discourse analysis, University of Vienna Austria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Lauren Squires, professor at Ohio State University, USA United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
MLA 2018 Talk given at a conference moi Ø m’en fou” – topic drop in Swiss WhatsApp messages. A cross-linguistic study on French and Italian 06.01.2018 New York, United States of America Stuntebeck Franziska;
Invited talk for the University Research Priority Programs on Language and Space, University of Zurich Individual talk Erasing social space? The visual mediatization of digital discourse 14.12.2017 Zürich, Switzerland Thurlow Crispin;
Workshop "Akkommodation. Regional – Sozial – Medial" Poster Sprachliche und grafische Akkommodation in schweizerdeutschen WhatsApp-Chats 25.11.2017 Innsbruck, Austria Felder Samuel;
Was bleibt von Nähe und Distanz? Mediale und konzeptionelle Aspekte von Diskurstraditionen und sprachlichem Wandel Talk given at a conference Koch/Oesterreicher und die (neuen) Medien - Anmerkungen aus germanistischer Sicht 24.11.2017 München, Germany Dürscheid Christa;
Forschungstag des Universitären Forschungsschwerpunkts "Sprache und Raum", Zürich Talk given at a conference Akkommodation in der WhatsApp-Kommunikation - Quantitative Zugänge zur Erfassung möglicher Akkommodationsphänomene 23.11.2017 Zürich, Switzerland Siebenhaar Beat;
Workshop for the Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies, Linnaeus University Individual talk Making sense of digital discourse: Ideologies, methodologies, multimodalities 22.11.2017 Småland, Sweden Thurlow Crispin;
Visualizing (in) the New Media Talk given at a conference "YEEEEAAAAAH". How Individuals Make Use of Grapheme Repetition and Capitalization in WhatsApp Chats 09.11.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Felder Samuel;
L'image des langues Talk given at a conference La langue et son image dans la communication par WhatsApp 08.11.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Morel Etienne;
Visualizing (in) New Media Talk given at a conference Visual ideologies in the mediatized representation of young people and technology 08.11.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Thurlow Crispin;
Visualizing (in) the New Media Talk given at a conference Why using laugh tokens rather than emoticons (and vice versa)? A focus on laughing procedures as a way of managing intersubjectivity in WhatsApp conversations 08.11.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Morel Etienne;
Visualizing (in) the New Media Talk given at a conference Why using laugh tokens rather than emoticons (and vice versa)?Hahaha, lol, :-D or J? Regularities of e-laughter in WhatsApp communication. 08.11.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Morel Etienne; Siever Christina; Felder Samuel;
Visualizing (in) New Media Talk given at a conference The visual representation of women/girls in news reports about digital communication 08.11.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Jaroski Vanessa;
Language in the Media Talk given at a conference Writing norms into being: how participants ‘do orthography’ in WhatsApp 18.10.2017 Capetown, South Africa Morel Etienne;
Language in the Media Talk given at a conference Beyond Borders: Recursivity and Remediation in the Representation of Digital Communication 18.10.2017 Capetown, South Africa Jaroski Vanessa;
19. Arbeitstagung zur alemannischen Dialektologie Talk given at a conference Veränderung der Dialektschreibung in elektronischer Kommunikation 12.10.2017 Freiburg i.Br., Germany Siebenhaar Beat;
XXXV Romanistentag, Universität Zürich Talk given at a conference Subject versus object clitic drop in non-standard writing (WhatsApp chats) 10.10.2017 Zürich, Switzerland Stuntebeck Franziska;
CMC-Corpora 2017 Poster The graphic realization of /l/-vocalization in Swiss German WhatsApp messages 02.10.2017 Bolzano, Italy Ueberwasser Simone;
GAL Basel Talk given at a conference Zwischen Lokalität und Virtualität. Die Rolle des Raums in der Produktion digitaler Texte 08.09.2017 Basel, Switzerland Dürscheid Christa;
Sprache und Wahrnehmung Talk given at a conference Zum Gebrauch von Schimpfwortern und Kraftausdrucken in der WhatsApp-Kommunikation. Eine Untersuchung zum Italienischen und Deutsche. 07.09.2017 Bern, Switzerland Maraffino Rossella;
AILA, Rio de Janeiro Talk given at a conference On the Relation of Writing and Images in Digital Communication 27.07.2017 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Dürscheid Christa; Siever Christina;
15th International Pragmatics Conference, Belfast Talk given at a conference "Hahaha": How and why to produce laughter in WhatsApp conversations 21.07.2017 Belfast, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Morel Etienne;
15th International Pragmatics Conference, Belfast Talk given at a conference Stylistic Variation as a Means for Identity Construction in WhatsApp Interactions 19.07.2017 Belfast, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Felder Samuel;
Eingeladener Vortrag am Institut für Germanistik der Universität Koblenz-Landau in Koblenz Individual talk Vergleich bundesdeutscher und schweizerdeutscher Informalitätsmarkierung in der WhatsApp-Kommunikation 28.06.2017 Koblenz, Germany Siebenhaar Beat;
Eingeladener Vortrag am Institut für Germanistik der Universität Duisburg-Essen Individual talk Akkommodation in der WhatsApp-Kommunikation 27.06.2017 Essen, Germany Siebenhaar Beat;
International Conference on Language Variation in Europe Talk given at a conference Individual, accommodation, synchronisation. The use of emojis in WhatsApp communication 06.06.2017 Malaga, Spain Felder Samuel; Siebenhaar Beat;
Symposium Register des digitalen Schreibens. Soziolinguistische, schriftlinguistische und sprachdidaktische Perspektiven Talk given at a conference Vergleich bundesdeutscher und schweizerdeutscher Informalitätsmarkierung in der WhatsApp-Kommunikation 01.06.2017 Universität Hamburg, Germany Siebenhaar Beat;
Keynote-Vortrag am Symposium Register des digitalen Schreibens. Soziolinguistische, schriftlinguistische und sprachdidaktische Perspektiven Talk given at a conference Digital-geschriebene Sprache, digital-graphisches Repertoire, digitale Schreibregister. Anmerkungen aus schriftlinguistischer Sicht 01.06.2017 Universität Hamburg, Germany Dürscheid Christa;
Symposium Register des digitalen Schreibens. Soziolinguistische, schriftlinguistische und sprachdidaktische Perspektiven Talk given at a conference Individuelle Verschriftungsmuster in schweizerdeutschen WhatsApp-Chats. Zwischen Standard, stilistischer Variation und Akkommodation. 01.06.2017 Universität Hamburg, Germany Felder Samuel;
CLARIN-PLUS workshop "Creation and Use of Social Media Resources" Talk given at a conference What's up, Switzerland?: Challenges of a Large, Multilingual CMC Corpus. 18.05.2017 Kaunas, Lithuania Ueberwasser Simone;
The 2017 Saute Conference Talk given at a conference “Has Image Surpassed Text?”: Semiotic Ideologies in Media Discourse about Digital Communication 28.04.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Jaroski Vanessa;
Spatial Boundaries and Transitions in Language and Interaction: Perspectives from Linguistics and Geography. Poster Individuals in WhatsApp Communication: Aspects of Accommodation – Variation in Time 26.04.2017 Monte Verità, Switzerland Felder Samuel; Stuntebeck Franziska;
Cours "Introduction aux approches et méthodes en sciences du langage" Individual talk L'étude de la communication par texto : des SMS aux messages WhatsApp 04.04.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Morel Etienne;
SWELL -- Swiss Works in English Language and Linguistics Talk given at a conference The end of language? Digital discourse in the news – multilingual perspectives 31.03.2017 Bern, Switzerland Jaroski Vanessa;
Kolloquium des Doktoratsprogramms Linguistik Individual talk Argument Drop in Swiss WhatsApp messages: Annotation and pilot study 30.03.2017 Zürich, Switzerland Stuntebeck Franziska;
Tagung Vielfaltslinguistik, Leipzig. Talk given at a conference Emoticons – Vervielfältigung in der medialen Schriftlichkeit 29.03.2017 Leipzig, Germany Siebenhaar Beat;
Cycle de conférence du CRIS (Centre de recherche sur les interactions sociales) Individual talk « Fais gaffe à ton orthographe! » De ‘l’écriture non-standard’ à l’accomplissement situé de normes langagières dans la communication par texto 21.03.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Morel Etienne;
Particolarità linguistiche della comunicazione Whatsapp Individual talk L´aspetto progressivo nella CMC 14.03.2017 Bern, Switzerland Maraffino Rossella;
Particolarità linguistiche della comunicazione Whatsapp Individual talk A project and its corpus 07.03.2017 Bern, Switzerland Ueberwasser Simone;
LIMES XIII, Universität Wien. Individual talk «Progressiv und Unmittelbarkeit: Ursprung und Zunahme in der IE Sprachen. Eine CMC-korpusbasierte Untersuchung» 25.02.2017 Wien, Austria Maraffino Rossella;
Second workshop of the Project "What's up, Switzerland?", Bern. Talk given at a conference The Variation of Individuals in WhatsApp 02.02.2017 Bern, Switzerland Felder Samuel;
Second workshop of the Project "What's up, Switzerland?", Bern. Talk given at a conference Argument Drop - Annotation 02.02.2017 Bern, Switzerland Stuntebeck Franziska;
Second workshop of the Project "What's up, Switzerland?", Bern. Talk given at a conference Subproject B: Language Design in WhatsApp: Icono 02.02.2017 Bern, Switzerland Siever Christina;
Second workshop of the Project "What's up, Switzerland?", Bern. Talk given at a conference "tu arrives gentiment? – j'ai droit fini, je viens direct chez toi!": Accounting for French diatopisms in Swiss texting 02.02.2017 Bern, Switzerland Diémoz Federica; Morel Etienne;
Second workshop of the Project "What's up, Switzerland?", Bern. Talk given at a conference Digital Discourse in the News: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and/on Media Ideologies 02.02.2017 Bern, Switzerland Jaroski Vanessa;
Second workshop of the Project "What's up, Switzerland?", Bern. Talk given at a conference Progressive in CMC Communication : Italian and Raeto- Romance Data 02.02.2017 Bern, Switzerland Maraffino Rossella;
PREFics - séminaire de labo, Rennes Talk given at a conference Sup'hair – Orch'Idée!: Le bricolage plurilingue en action: l'exemple des textos Suisses (SMS et WhatsApp) 02.02.2017 Rennes, France Morel Etienne;
Seminar "English in the Media" Individual talk Multimodalität in den digitalen Medien 10.01.2017 Salzburg, Austria Siever Christina;
Séminaire "La variation linguistique dans les nouveaux médias" Individual talk Doing it right: perspectives émiques sur les pratiques langagières dans la communication par WhatsApp: catégorisations explicites, corrections, réparations 14.12.2016 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Morel Etienne;
Variations sociolinguistiques en francophonie : La variation linguistique dans les nouveaux médias Individual talk Communication with Emojis: Theoretical considerations and hands-on examples 08.12.2016 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Siever Christina;
«What's up, Switzerland?». Ein Projekt und sein Korpus Individual talk linguistisches Kolloquium der Universität Duisburg-Essen 06.12.2016 Essen, Germany Ueberwasser Simone;
Séminaire "Variations sociolinguistiques en francophonie : La variation linguistique dans les nouveaux médias" Individual talk Le corpus «What's up, Switzerland» 01.12.2016 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Ueberwasser Simone;
Invitation to the Centre de Linguistique et des Sciences du Langage, University of Lausanne Individual talk Beyond words: The semiotic ideologies of sexting. 25.11.2016 University of Lausanne, Switzerland Thurlow Crispin;
Workshop «Theorien und Methoden der Schriftlinguistik». 42. Österreichische Linguistiktagung, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. Talk given at a conference Plenarvortrag: Die Schrift als Forschungsgegenstand – alte und neue Fragen 18.11.2016 Graz, Austria Dürscheid Christa;
Séminaire "La variation linguistique dans les nouveaux médias" Individual talk "J'écris très mal" - perspectives émiques sur l'ortho dans l'orthographe. 27.10.2016 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Morel Etienne;
Séminaire "La variation linguistique dans les nouveaux médias" Individual talk Les pratiques plurilingues dans la communication par texto (SMS et WhatsApp) 20.10.2016 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Morel Etienne;
7. Kolloquium Forum Sprachvariation der IGDD, Leipzig. Talk given at a conference Untersuchung der Sprachvariation von Individuen in der WhatsApp-Kommunikation. 15.10.2016 Leipzig, Germany Felder Samuel;
Présentation dans le cadre du séminaire "Variations sociolinguistiques en francophonie : La variation linguistique dans les nouveaux médias" Individual talk La pertinence des données graphiques non-standard pour la recherche grammaticale 13.10.2016 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Stark Elisabeth;
Séminaire "Variations sociolinguistiques en francophonie : La variation linguistique dans les nouveaux médias". Université de Neuchâtel. Individual talk La variation dans les textos : le projet sms4science. 06.10.2016 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Morel Etienne;
The University Priority Research Program Language and Space (UFSP SPUR) Talk given at a conference Accommodation in WhatsApp-Communication 14.09.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Siebenhaar Beat;
International Summer School Language and Space vom 4. - 9.9. im Kloster Kappel Talk given at a conference Pecha-Kucha: Argument drop in WhatsApp messages 06.09.2016 Kappel, Switzerland Stuntebeck Franziska;
1st Syncart Workshop: From Maps to Principles Talk given at a conference Argument drop in WhatsApp messages. Truncation or topic drop? 12.07.2016 Genf, Switzerland Stuntebeck Franziska;
Workshop Replicative processes in language Talk given at a conference What could be replication in written interaction? First insights to the analysis of WhatsApp-data 08.07.2016 Leipzig, Germany Siebenhaar Beat;
Vortrag an der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstatt Individual talk WhatsApp, Facebook & Co. - Analysen im Rahmen der Schriftlinguistik 29.06.2016 Eichstätt-Ingolstatt, Switzerland Dürscheid Christa;
Emoticons, Emoji and Kaomoji – The Transformation of Communication in the Digital Age Talk given at a conference Iconographetic communication in digital media: Emojis in WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram etc 23.06.2016 Freien Universität Berlin, Germany Siever Christina;
Ringvorlesung des Graduiertenkollegs Automatismen Individual talk Digitale Kommunikation im Raum - Raum in der digitalen Kommunikation 21.06.2016 Paderborn, Germany Dürscheid Christa;
What's up, Switzerland? Kick-off workshop Talk given at a conference The Voice of the Individual in WhatsApp Communication 11.06.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Felder Samuel;
What's up, Switzerland? Kick-off workshop Talk given at a conference "t'as ecrit TARE !!!!!! et sa s'ecrit pas TARE mais TARD !!!!!!!!": emic perspectives on the ortho in orthography 11.06.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Morel Etienne;
What's up, Switzerland? Kick-off workshop Talk given at a conference Mapping the cultural discourses of mobile communication: Two pilot studies 11.06.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Thurlow Crispin; Jaroski Vanessa;
What's up, Switzerland? Kick-off workshop Talk given at a conference Progressive Periphrasen in WhatsApp Daten 11.06.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Maraffino Rossella;
What's up, Switzerland? Kick-off workshop Talk given at a conference Language(s) of WhatsApp: Argument Drop 10.06.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Stuntebeck Franziska;
What's up, Switzerland? Kick-off workshop Talk given at a conference Digitale Kommunikation mit Emojis 10.06.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Siever Christina;
What's up, Switzerland? Kick-off workshop Talk given at a conference Corpus Linguistics: What we have, what we need 10.06.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Ueberwasser Simone;
Jugendsprachen 2016: Variation - Dynamik - Kontinuität Talk given at a conference WhatsApp-Kommunikation: Ist der Gebrauch von Emojis altersspezifiziert? 26.05.2016 Graz, Austria Siebenhaar Beat;
Forschungskolloquium Berner Linguistik, University of Bern. Individual talk The cultural discourses and social meanings of mobile communication: The case of Emojis in the Swiss-French media 17.05.2016 Bern, Switzerland Jaroski Vanessa;
Language and the new (instant) media, Université catholique de Louvain Talk given at a conference Elisabeth Stark: "Rien de nouveau sous le soleil? Défis de l'analyse linguistique des messages WhatsApp 12.05.2016 Louvain, France Stark Elisabeth;
Keynote speaker at: Language and the new (instant) media Talk given at a conference Rien de nouveau sous le soleil? Défis de l'analyse linguistique des messages WhatsApp 12.05.2016 Université catholique de Louvain, France Stark Elisabeth;
Ringvorlesung der Universität Mannheim und des Instituts für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) Individual talk Sprachgebrauch, Interaktion und Alltagsschriftlichkeit: das Beispiel WhatsApp 19.04.2016 Mannheim, Germany Dürscheid Christa;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Visualizing (in) the New Media 08.11.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Visualizing (in) New Media 08.11.2017 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
What's up, Switzerland? Kick-off workshop 10.06.2016 Zürich, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Indagine sugli emoji Giornale del Popol Italian-speaking Switzerland 2018
Media relations: print media, online media #HappyBirthday detektor.fm German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Aber bitte mit Bildchen Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung International 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Achtung, Emojis im Job können unseriös wirken 20 Minuten German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Das ist der erste Emoji-Übersetzer der Welt SRF German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: radio, television Die bunte Welt der Emojis SRF 10vor10 German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Diese Emojis verwenden die Teenies am häufigsten LikeMag German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Emodschiiis und so. scharfsinn German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Emojis in Nachrichten werden oft falsch verstanden 20 Minuten Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Emoticons, Emojis & Co. Sprachspiegel-Netztipp German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Grinsen uns Emojis die Sprache weg SRF German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Hm … seufz … Neiiiiiin!!! Suuuper!!!! Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung International 2017
Media relations: radio, television InterCités - Le rire s’écrit phonétiquement dans les messages électroniques RTS Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: radio, television Interviews dans la rubrique "Revue du Web" Canal 3 Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Jemandem zu sagen, er solle sich ficken, ist ziemlich schlimm Tagesanzeiger German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: radio, television Konkret Tele Z German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: radio, television Le langage SMS RTS Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Le smiley n'est pas mort MSN Actualité Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: radio, television Les émojis mettent-ils notre langue en péril? RTS Culture Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Les emojis sur WhatsApp plaisent surtout aux mecs 20 Minutes Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Les fonctions cachées du rire sur WhatsApp 24heures Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Les jeunes hommes plus friands d'emojis que les jeunes femmes La Liberté Western Switzerland 2017
Video/Film LOL, afk, CU: Alles Englisch in der digitalen Welt? Digital Society Initiative UZH German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Männer nutzen dreimal mehr Emojis als Frauen 20 Minuten German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Mit Emojis schreiben macht Spass. UZH: Kinder-Universität German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Schreiben im Internet - Schreiben in der Schule, Weiterbildungstag der Kant. Fachst. Deutsch German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Selbst Papa schickt jetzt Smileys – wie Emojis unsere Kommunikation verändert haben Editionf German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: radio, television Sondaggi su ortografia e emoji nella comunicazione WhatsApp RSI Rete Tre Italian-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: radio, television Sprache reformieren SRF2 Hörpunkt German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Sprachlupe: Nur noch bildeln, statt zu schreiben? Infosperber German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Other activities UZH Citizen Science: Language use in computer mediated communication (CMC) German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Viel mehr als nur bunt: Wie Emojis uns helfen SRF German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Was du von dir verrätst, wenn du «hahaha» auf WhatsApp schreibst Watson German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media What's up in Schweizer Whatsapp-Chats? Berner Zeitung German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Video/Film WhatsApp, Facebook und Co.: Wohin mag das führen? Digital Society Initiative UZH Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: radio, television Wie das SMS unsere Kommunikation verändert hat SRF1 Treffpunkt German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Zeig mir deine Emojis und ich sage dir, in welcher Partei du bist watson German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Christa Dürscheid & Karina Frick: «Is ja doch alles aufm Bild. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung International 2016
Talks/events/exhibitions Die digitale Kommunikation und ihre Folgen German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: radio, television Emojis Radio Central German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Emojis: Aus Alltag nicht mehr wegzudenken https://www.migrosmagazin.ch/menschen/portraet/artikel/emojis-aus-dem-alltag-nicht-wegzudenken German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Etienne Morel & Christina Siever: «Emoji mania». Le Quotidien des Jeunes Western Switzerland 2016
Talks/events/exhibitions FestiSciences, Université de Neuchâtel Western Switzerland 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Gastbeitrag von Christa Dürscheid: «Bilder geben der Sprache eine neue Dimension Mannheimer Morgen German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Goethe und das Netzdeutsch "Wege zur Weiterbildung" der Kantonalen Berufsschule für Weiterbildung German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: radio, television Interview u.a. mit Christa Dürscheid: «Warum uns Computer und SMS nicht dümmer machen» SRF German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: print media, online media So viele Nachrichten, OMG! Psychologie heute German-speaking Switzerland 2016

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
136230 SMS communication in Switzerland: Facets of linguistic variation in a multilingual country 01.10.2011 Sinergia

Abstract

The overall aim of this Sinergia project is to provide a substantial investigation of the most important form of graphic (i.e. based on letters, signs and reading, not on sounds) mobile communication in Switzerland (and Europe) at the moment, i.e. WhatsApp. Up to now there has been almost no systematic research on this new omnipresent form of mobile messaging, despite intense media coverage of the topic (Google hits as of 10/01/2015: Neue Zürcher Zeitung: 2’470; Le Matin: 899; Tagesanzeiger: 10’300). It is a form of communication, however, that is particularly prone to individualized uses leading to specific forms of ‘language-design’ in a broad sense. It is apparent that writers now have at their disposal the technical tools for creating (i.e. designing) complex, multimodal and highly individualized texts, disrupting the limits of (standard) languages, genres or modalities and reyling instead on style. Therefore, our two common research goals are as follows: 1. A thorough description and explanation, as register-specific features and/or results of linguistic change, of some selected linguistic and graphical features of Swiss WhatsApp messages, as such (globally) and as individual preferences; 2. A qualitative analysis of individual statements in using and speaking / writing about Whats App (users and the media).This is highly relevant in three fundamental aspects: 1. Nothing is presently known about the linguistic and communicative properties of WhatsApp messages, neither for the four national languages of Switzerland, nor for any other region, and this despite its omnipresence in modern mobile societies. 2. There is a unique added value in specialists of French, (Swiss) German, Italian, Romansh and discourse studies working together on a common database feeding into the thematic domains of register-specific variation and (individual) style; 3. Very concretely, we will provide the first large-scale multilingual open resource of WhatsApp messages (about 5 million tokens), annotated for languages, parts of speech etc., plus a Digital Discourse Database on media reports (sub-project D), all under a creative common license. Morphosyntactic and graphematic, identity-bound, and ideological aspects of Swiss WhatsApp communication in the four national languages of Switzerland and their varieties will be taken into account in four sub-projects as well but not exclusively, in comparison to the findings on Swiss SMS in the SMS project scientifically related to the present proposal (cf. Sinergia-Project “SMS communication in Switzerland: Facets of linguistic variation in a multilingual country”, CRSII1_136230, hereafter: SMS project). This investigation will be based on a common database, the already established collection of Swiss WhatsApp data (gathered in summer 2014, cf. http://www.whatsup-switzerland.ch, 838,238 messages) which will be treated by taking advantage of the acquired expertise in corpus linguistics, computational linguistics and comparative approaches to non-standard graphic data in the SMS project.As the technology of mobile messaging has changed fundamentally since the first introduction of mobile phones and the Short Message Service in the late nineties (cf. Dürscheid/Frick 2014), mainly reinforcing the interactive dimension (for its relevance for linguistic change, see Herring 2012, Trudgill 2014), we ask the overall question:How is the language in Swiss WhatsApp messages designed and evaluated?Two overarching questions will guide our research work: 1. What do Swiss WhatsApp messages look like? What has changed overall between Swiss SMS and Swiss WhatsApp messages, and why (as regards linguistic structures, use of images in a broad sense, spelling, register-specific style, individualization vs. accomodation)? 2. What is said / done by the individual users and the media in/on WhatsApp messages and chats, in relation to the findings for question 1? Moreover, this project will look at mobile messaging via WhatsApp in four respects: in sub-project A, “Language(s) of WhatsApp: Verbal Periphrases and Argument Drop”, two optional salient linguistic structures in French, (Swiss) German, Italian (and partially Romansh) WhatsApp messages will be investigated: argument drop (already investigated in the SMS project), and the use of progressive verbal periphrases, in order to find out whether they are register-specific features (in the sense of Biber 1995) or mainly technologically provoked structures. Within the two axes of sub-project B, “Language Design in WhatsApp: Icono/Graphy”, we will have a look at changes in graphic strategies enabled by new correction software, virtual keyboards, and especially new sets of iconographic signs (emojis) across linguistic communities, as well as the specific function of these in shaping communicative identity. Sub-project C, “Individuals in WhatsApp”, will intensify this look at the individuals by investigating the features analyzed in sub-projects A and B plus patterns of code-switching as variables at the level of the individual rather than the sociolinguistically defined group, focusing on Swiss German dialects and patterns of accommodation in interaction. And finally, sub-project D, „Ideologies: The Cultural Discourses and Social Meanings of Mobile Communication“, will describe and analyze the public discourse on graphic mobile communication via WhatsApp (and SMS), trying to pin down the way Switzerland looks at the revolutionary developments in our communicative behavior and its evaluation by the media. In all four sub-projects, the comparative approach, i.e. the close examination of data from the four national languages of Switzerland and some of their varieties, is crucial. The project unites specialists on morphosyntactic, graphematic, individual variation and discourse studies in the four national languages of Switzerland, so that they can together draw a multifaceted picture of WhatsApp usage in multi-lingual Switzerland.
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