"Fixed it for you": Examples of intertextuality and metadiscourse in online discussion boards

Professor Cynthia Gordon, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, will share findings from her newest book project, Intertextuality 2.0: Metadiscourse and Meaning-Making in Online Weight Loss Discussion Boards

Dr. Gordon uses discourse analysis to examine discussion board communication on a website hosted by a popular weight-loss app. She shows how intertextuality—which captures the idea that meaning-making happens through connecting texts to other texts—is used as a resource to accomplish metadiscursive (or "discourse about discourse") activities. These activities include defining word meanings, delineating appropriate participation, solving posters’ reported communication problems, disagreeing, and negotiating ideologies related to interpersonal communication and media use. 

Dr. Cynthia Gordon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University. Her research interests include discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, theories of framing and intertextuality, linguistic construction of relationships and identities, and digital/online discourse. Prof. Gordon uses theories and methods of discourse analysis to examine everyday social interactions in family, educational, health, and online/digital contexts. She is also involved with collaborative projects on the topics of professional identity socialization and mobile phone communication.

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 3:30pm to 4:45pm

Poulton Hall, 230
1421 37th St., N.W., Washington

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Georgetown College, Linguistics


Dr. Cynthia Gordon

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Alexandra Johnston

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