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International Workshop: Linguistic Perspectives on the Mediatisation of Sport


The Mediatisation of Sport: Linguistic perspectives on media communication in national and international amateur and professional sports


June 13-14, 2017


University of Siegen
Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2
57068 Siegen


The mediatisation of social sectors such as sport is a process which is a highly relevant and current topic for interdisciplinary research. Mediatisation is the transformation of social, cultural and institutional environments through traditional and new communication tools and technologies. Sport is seen as a prototypical example of such a mediatised social sector, because its media representation not only reflects, but also transforms language and communication at all levels from professional to amateur sports.
This workshop brings together researchers from sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and media linguistics who empirically investigate the impact and transformatory power of media technologies and media institutional demands on language and communicative processes in international sports communication. Contributions focus on aspects such as the use of new technologies in broadcasting and in the practice of sports, the linguistic representation of actions and actors in sports broadcasting, the linguistic and interactional analysis of new and transformed media formats and their culture-specific realisation as well as the linguistic appropriation of sport events by the media audience and the role of the media in shaping and enabling communicative participation of actors and audiences in sports events., The analyses presented use a variety of approaches such as discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, conversation analysis and systemic functional linguistics. The workshop gives ample opportunity for discussion and researchers as well as practitioners in the field of sports communication are invited to attend the workshop to contribute to the exchange of ideas and experience across academic disciplines and professional domains.


Speakers (in alphabetical order]

  • David Caldwell (University of South Australia, Australia)
  • Jan Chovanec (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
  • Ben Clarke (University of Portsmouth, UK)
  • Kieran File (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Cornelia Gerhardt (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany)
  • Stefan Hauser (Pädagogische Hochschule Zug, Switzerland)
  • Jon Jureidini (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Simon Meier (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • Elaine Vine (University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • John Walsh (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Antje Wilton (University of Siegen, Germany)

Roundtable discussion

All participants are invited to join our roundtable discussion on June 14 where there will be ample opportunity to raise questions, topics and explore suggestions for further cooperation.

Information on travel, accommodation and catering

The workshop will be held at the University of Siegen, Adolf-Reichwein Campus, Siegen-Weidenau. Information on how to get to the campus can be found at www.uni-siegen.de/start/kontakt/anfahrt_und_lageplaene/index.html.en

Hotel Ramada


Attendance at the workshop is free. Hot and cold drinks as well as small snacks will be provided during breaks free of charge. All other meals (lunch on both days/pre-workshop dinner and dinner on June 13) will be paid for by participants themselves.

Registration and contact

To register, please send an email to Antje Wilton at wilton@anglistik.uni-siegen.de by May 15, 2017 with the following information:

  • Name
  • Affiliation/institution
  • Email address
  • Participation in a) the warm-up dinner on June 12 and/or b) the evening dinner on June 13.

JunProf. Dr. Antje Wilton
English and Applied Linguistics
University of Siegen
Email: wilton@anglistik.uni-siegen.de