The methodological workshops are particularly intended for postgraduate students and early career scholars, whose participation is encouraged. Attendance at the conference methodological workshops is free, but prior booking is essential. There is, however, a limit on the number of places in the methodological workshops – a maximum of 40 people. Registration in advance is required. If you wish to participate in one of the methodological workshops which will be held on September 19, 2019, please, email us providing your name, surname and the title of the methodological workshop you will attend:

The registration for the methodological workshops closes September 1, 2019.

  • Tools for the analysis of argumentative interactions
    Convenors: Antonio Bova (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano) and Francesco Arcidiacono (University of Teacher Education in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland)

    The workshop topic and goals:
    Argumentation is an essential dimension of communication at different levels (individual, interpersonal, intra- and inter-group, organizational, communitarian, cultural, institutional). It plays a unique role, not only because it is a relevant competence to deal with contradictions, doubts, and complex decisions, but also because argumentation can be used to sustain or foster reasoning, helping people to distinguish between real and unreal, true and false, genuine and fake. In this vein, argumentation is not intended as limited to formal debate but includes as well interpersonal everyday efforts to engage in discussions with others, to co-construct knowledge and meaning and to better understand how to make decisions and to negotiate positions.
    This workshop is intended to offer a complete view of different tools for the analysis of argumentative interactions occurring in various contexts (e.g., in the family contexts, in the classroom, in professional workplaces). In particular, through the presentation of examples of analysis as well as a series of exercises realized during the workshop, we will introduce the participants to the tools for analysis of argumentative interactions developed over the last two decades by the pragma-dialectical school of argumentation at the University of Amsterdam (van Eemeren & Grootendorst, 2004; van Eemeren, 2010) and by the Lugano Group at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Rigotti & Greco Morasso, 2019).

    Intended audience:
    postgraduate students, early career scholars, experienced researchers and lecturers in linguistics, psychology, rhetoric, political science, pedagogy and philosophy.

  • Critical Discourse Studies and Digital Practices: Theory, Methods and Techniques
    Convenor: Eleonora Esposito, University of Navarra, Spain

    Across the Social Sciences, the value of investigating Social Media as a site for the (re-)formation and consumption of information, values and worldviews is widely recognised. At the same time, using digital data in social research requires new and adequate analytical models which are currently still under development.
    This workshop will offer an introduction to an emerging critical paradigm for the investigation of Social Media data, namely the Social Media Critical Discourse Studies (SM – CDS) approach.

    The workshop will first introduce the theoretical implications of a critical, multimodal and context-dependent approach to Social Media, discussing key readings and authors in the field as well as paying particular attention to gaps in the existing literature.
    Secondly, the workshop will highlight the main methodological challenges posed by Social Media platforms as sources of data, such as: selecting and collecting representative data from the cybersphere; performing systematic observations to account for media and genre specific contexts of communication; dealing with the fleeting nature of both data and platforms and with the inherent nonā€linearity of the participatory web.
    Lastly, the workshop will provide an overview of free-to-use and commercial tools and software for the analysis of Social Media data, providing examples of their application in previous research.

    Intended Audience and Materials:
    This workshop is open to anyone interested in collecting and analysing Social Media data for social research purposes. Postgraduate students and early career scholars with an interest in Linguistics, Social Media, and Communication may find the workshop particularly useful. No specific background in Critical Discourse Studies is required.
    The workshop will be set up interactively, with ample time for questions, discussion, and exercises. Digital course material will be made available before the workshop. It is advisable to bring your own laptop to the event.


  • Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis: Methodology, Analysis, Interpretation
    Convenor: Antonio Fruttaldo, University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, Italy

    The workshop will offer a basic introduction to corpus linguistics to anyone interested in working with linguistic corpora and other large collections of text. The workshop aims to give a hands-on introduction to corpus linguistics with particular attention to those who are new to corpus methods. First, the workshop will illustrate how to access online/offline corpora and discuss the main corpus linguistic output methods (concordances, frequency lists, and collocation displays) that can be used in analysing the data. Different concordance tools will be illustrated (i.e. AntConc, Lancsbox, CQPweb, WordSmith Tools, Sketch Engine) for the hands-on part. An overview of existing corpora will also be provided. Lastly, the workshop will discuss some examples of previous research that showcases how corpus-based discourse analysis can be used in analysing given forms of discourse.

    The workshop will be set up interactively, with ample time for questions, discussion, and exercises.


    By the end of this course, participants:
    - will have learned about basic premises and tools in corpus linguistics;
    - will have learned to generate and analyse frequency lists, concordances and collocates using different software;
    - will have learned some basic statistical measures in the interpretation of the data.

    Previous knowledge:

    This course is open to anyone interested in analysing large bodies of text, either for specific linguistic purposes, or with the idea of mining the contents of texts for more general purposes. No background in corpus linguistics is required.

    Study material:

    Digital course material will be distributed before the start of the workshop. You can bring your own laptop (PC, Mac or Linux).

  • Perspectives on Multimodality: Foundations, Research and Analysis
    Convenor: Sole Alba Zollo, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

    The workshop aims at introducing participants the main tools for multimodal analysis and provide practice in using them, analysing a broad range of different genres. Firstly, we will explore the key concepts of Kress and van Leeuwen’s social semiotic approach to multimodality and show how they can be applied to the analysis of visual meaning. The main meaning functions of the visual mode are introduced: representational, interpersonal and compositional. The second part of the workshop will focus on multimodal texts used in particular contexts (institutional, political and educational) and for specific purposes (persuasive, pedagogical, narrative etc.) Our focus will be on the meaning potentials of composition or layout. Lastly, we will also discuss some of the limitations of this approach and how it can be strengthened by drawing on other theories and academic disciplines.
    The workshop will take a practical, interactive approach with ample time for discussion.

    By the end of this workshop, participants:
    - will have learned about basic theoretical concepts and tools in multimodality;
    - will have learned to analyse different text-types from a multimodal perspective.

    Previous knowledge:
    This course is open to anyone interested in analysing texts from a multimodal persepctive. No background in multimodality is required.

    Study material:
    Handouts will be distributed before the start of the workshop.