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«Quo vadis, Kommunikation?» Kommunikation – Sprache – Medien / «Quo vadis, Communication?» Communication – Language – Media

Akten des 46. Linguistischen Kolloquiums in Sibiu 2011- Proceedings of the 46 th Linguistics Colloquium, Sibiu 2011


Edited By Ioana-Narcisa Cretu

Quo vadis, Kommunikation? Kommunikation – Sprache – Medien ist der Tagungsband des 46. Linguistischen Kolloquiums an der Lucian-Blaga-Universität in Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Rumänien. Die Essays beleuchten die Rolle der Medien in der heutigen Kommunikation: sie sind zugleich Ausgangspunkt oder Anwendungsgebiet von Betrachtungen zu den traditionellen Kernbereichen der Linguistik oder zur Angewandten Linguistik. Der Band umfasst Beiträge in deutscher, englischer und französischer Sprache von 30 verschiedenen Universitäten aus 14 Ländern.
Quo vadis, Communication? Communication – Language – Media presents contributions of the 46th Linguistics Colloquium at the University of Sibiu, Romania. The essays offer a critical review of the influence of modern media on communication and how media have become the subject of research in different linguistic fields. The volume comprises papers in German, English and French from 30 different universities.
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Discourse and Social Construction


This study attempts to reveal the theoretical and methodological frames that allow the explanation of the relation between three concepts: discourse – understood as an entity associated to a circumstance of knowledge, that not only conveys or describes but also constructs the world it circumscribes; reality – understood as a quality of phenomena that we know independently of our will and that belong to everyday life; knowledge – understood as the certainty that the phenomena are real and have specific characteristics, acquired, processed and shared by social actors.

The prerequisite of the study is represented by the isomorphism of the three concepts that are determining each other, thanks to a certain degree of incompleteness and indetermination specific to each of the three conceptual structures, in their independence. Though autonomous at a formal level, the concepts are fueled by the tensions implied by the play of correspondence.

The topic is approached from the perspectives of discourse analysis, the sociology of knowledge, social constructivism and of ethno-methodology. It has to be clarified that we do not wish to reduce discourse to the social or the social to the mind, but only to highlight through the perspectives that there is a strong connection between the accomplishments of discourse and social action both in production and reception, that also involves thoughts or beliefs.

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