Francais Parle dans les Medias

International Conference - 2015 Edition

Aston University (Birmingham, UK)

The impact of language spoken in the media

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Call for papers

The conference will deal with the impact of the language used in media including news, entertainment, culture and publicity as well as in new social media. The focus is on French, but studies on other languages are acceptable.

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Le français parlé dans les médias 

The conference series 'Français parlé des médias' derives from an eponymous research project launched in Sweden at the turn of the century.

Previous conferences were held in :

  • Stockholm (2005)
  • Québec (2007)
  • Lausanne (2009)
  • Montpellier (2013) 

The fifth instalment of Le Français parlé dans les médias will be held at Aston University (Birmingham, UK) and will focus on the impact of the language in the media.

French  - and other languages compared with it – will be examined mainly in its oral manifestations but also in written form when oral features are involved in the style (online journalistic writing) or in the genre (written interview, chat, forum). Linguistic characteristics will be studied in traditional media (written press, radio, television) or so called ‘new media’, a distinction that deserves to be debated.

The conference will look into the impact on French of media usage in information, entertainment, culture (cinema and theatre included) or advertisement as well as in ‘new media’.

The conference targets first and foremost researchers in language sciences, but it is open to researchers from other disciplines with an interest in media discourse. It will offer an opportunity to debate about theoretical tools and approaches to address those research areas.

Studies could bear on the following topics, among others;

  • The linguistic impact of oral and oral-related usage. The extent to which media influence linguistic norm (evolution in the acceptability of registers or some pronunciation) could be discussed as well as the way they blur the distinction between oral and written (for instance in political debates). Besides, the role of media in the spread of local lexical and phonological features or on speed or intonation (for instance in sports commentaries) could be discussed. Similarly, the representation of voices in the media could be studied.
  • The professional impact of media language. For example, an academic career that would in the past have been built on specialised publications now requires other dissemination paths (Twitter, blogs…) with their own linguistic features.
  • The social impact of media language. In other words, what influence could the use of language have on society, for instance how does forensic linguistics contribute to the enforcement of justice?
  • The political impact of media languages. How can media language make or unmake a political career or how can live information influence political choices?
  • More generally, any impact of the language spoken in the media can be taken into account.


Proposals can be submitted in two formats:

  • 20-minute paper followed by 10 minutes of questions;
  • panel with three 20-minute papers, followed by 30 minutes of discussion


Abstracts should be about 1-page long (max. 400 words, including references) for papers and 3-page long (max. 1,200 words, including references) for panels.

Abstracts must be anonymous and it should be impossible for reviewers to identify the authors at any point.

Papers in English will be taken into consideration but they will need to be supported by a Powerpoint presentation in French.


Abstracts will be submitted through Easy Chair.

  • Abstract submission : 15/03/2015 
  • Feedback and notification of acceptance :30/04/2015



Some papers presented at the conference will be published, after peer-review, in either a journal's special issue or an edited book.


  • Emmanuelle Labeau (chair)
  • Graeme Hayes
  • Pam Moores
  • Aurélia Robert
  • Hélène Stafford



Jacques Bres (Université Montpellier III), Mathias Broth (Institut de la culture et de la communication Université Linköping), Marcel Burger (Université de Lausanne), Hugues De Chanay (Université Lyon II), Catherine Détrie (Université Montpellier III), Kjersti Fløttum (Université de Bergen), Mats Forsgren (Université de Stockholm), Catherine Kerbrat-Orecchioni (Université Lyon II), Alice Krieg-Planque (Université Paris-Est Créteil), Guylaine Martel (Université Laval, Québec), Sophie Moirand (Université Paris III), Jean-Marc Sarale (Université Montpellier III), Françoise Sullet-Nylander (Université de Stockholm).

Laurent Fauré

Laurent Fauré (Montpellier 3) 

Laurent Fauré’s research is at the crossroad of interactioanal linguistics and discourse analysis and attempts to intertwine the methodology of praxematics and conversational analysis.

  • The methodology is anchored in the observation of audio-visual corpora consisting mainly of interactions in education, in the media or in the workplace (among others in services).
  • Interjections, vocalizations and other speech markers make a first area of investigation. The linguistic approach of intersubjectivity in its dynamic properties and its ways of actualization offers a favoured area of study that is linked with the former.
  • The results of that approach make emerge a linguistic and cognitive constitution of interactional resources particularly relevant for the pronominal system and interjection markers in French. Other linked fallouts allow accounting for local intonative and phonetic mechanisms that favour interaction. Practical applications are linked to that problematics. 


Tim Grant (Aston University)

Tim Grant’s main research interests are within the area of forensic linguistics. He has particular interest and expertise in forensic authorship analysis focusing on short form messages such as SMS text messages, Twitter posts and Internet Relay Chat.  Recent publications in this area include publication in the Journal of Law and Policy and the Journal of Speech Language and the Law.

In addition to this interest in authorship analysis he also is interested in the linguistics of the police interview and how linguists can advise and train police officers to be better interviewers. Recent publications in this area include publication in the Journal of Speech Language and the Law and the Journal of Policing.

His consultancy has largely involved the analysis of abusive and threatening communications in many different contexts including investigations into sexual assault, stalking, murder and terrorism. He has extensive experience of providing expert investigative assistance, including a media appeal through the BBC Crimewatch program, and in providing evidence for both prosecution and defence. For more information see the Centre for Forensic Linguistics website.

Tim has  significant experience of working with press, TV and radio and his work has appeared in newspaper feature articles, on the BBC 1 One Show and on the BBC Radio 4 Programme Word of Mouth.  He regularly speaks to wider adult and schools audiences at events such as Café Scientifique and the British Festival of Science. He also curates the Language Society and Law blog.

Erik Neveu

Erik Neveu (Sciences Politiques, Rennes)

Erik Neveu holds an agrégation (highest teaching qualification in France) in Political Sciences and is a professor in Sciences Po, Rennes. His early work was devoted to rock music (La Thématique idéologique de la pop-musique, 1975) and his PD focused on the ideology of French spy novels such as SAS. He then moved on to the study of the political and social stakes of cultural practices.

In Sociologie des mouvements sociaux (1996), he gives an overview of that fairly recent field of sociology, including both the Francophone and Anglophone traditions.

In 2003, he wrote avec Armand Mattelart a handbook in the Repères series, Introduction aux Cultural Studies,  that is a reference in that still largely unexplored field in France.

Erik Neveu has also an interest in medias as shown by his works on journalism.

  • Sociologie du journalisme, Paris, La Découverte, coll. « Repères », 2001 (1re édition) 
  • Une société de communication ?, Paris, Éditions Montchrestien, coll. « Clefs », 1997 (4e édition en 2006) 
  • Political Journalism. New Challenges, New Practices, avec Raymond Kuhn, New York et Londres, Routledge, 2002 

The conference will be held at Aston University (Birmingham, UK) from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th September 2015).

You can download the complete programme HERE.
To be confirmed
Conference Package registration including lunches and coffee breaks :

Early bird (until 31st July): £100

Late registration (from 1st August) : £120

A conference dinner will be organized on Friday night in a typical ‘Brummy Indian’ restaurant (balti)

Conference dinner: £35

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