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Dear INSNA colleagues,

Please consider participating in the organized session on "Network Approaches to Language, Meaning, and Sociocultural Contexts" at the Sunbelt XXXVI Conference at Newport Beach, California, on April 5-10, 2016.


Language, meaning, the local contexts of interactive communicative events, and the sociocultural formations that serve as the broader contexts of such events are key to a network approach to relational sociology and to kindred studies in other disciplines. Our session welcomes a diverse range of studies including but not limited to: social network analysis methods, theory, and empirical research applied to interactive communicative events and their dynamics and patterning, including strategic ambiguity in such events, the local contexts and broader sociocultural contexts of interactive communicative events, switchings of identities between local contexts and between sociocultural contexts, the patterning and dynamics of sociocultural formations in isolation and in their interrelations, stancetaking in discourse, and linguistic, sociolinguistic, and anthropological linguistic studies relating to discourse and grammar, pragmatics and grammar, grammaticalization, etc. Although we assume that a nonreductive approach to the network study of language, meaning and sociocultural formations favors mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative), strictly quantitative or qualitative submissions are also necessary to the advancement of the field and are welcome contributions to this session.

Please submit your abstract (not exceeding 500 words) between November 16th 2015 and January 4th 2016, using the conference's abstract submission system, found here:


When submitting your abstract, select the Organized Session title "Network Approaches to Language, Meaning, and Sociocultural Contexts" from the list of session titles.

Please also send your abstract as well as any inquiries about the session to the session organizer:

David L. Elliott
Department of Sociology
University of Missouri
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The conference website (www.sunbelt2016.org) provides additional information on the conference.

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