Dialogue in Multicultural, Multimodal, and Multi-Competent Communities of Practice

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 19:00 CDT to Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 19:00 CDT
Eastwoods Room, Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin

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 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” 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.