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LINGUIST List 23.2810

Fri Jun 22 2012

Books: Discourse of Text Messaging: Tagg

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 22-Jun-2012
From: Ellena Moriarty <Ellena.moriartybloomsbury.com>
Subject: Discourse of Text Messaging: Tagg
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Title: Discourse of Text Messaging
Subtitle: Analysis of SMS Communication
Series Title: Bloomsbury Discourse
Published: 2012
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
                http://www.continuumbooks.com

Book URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=158094&SubjectId=989&Subject2Id=936

Author: Caroline Tagg
Hardback: ISBN: 1441174095 9781441174093 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1441173765 9781441173768 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Abstract:

Understanding the discourse of text messaging has profound implications for
society. SMS text messaging has impacted considerably on how we
communicate with others. Negative, sometimes alarmist media coverage
continues to fuel debate surrounding its 'damaging' effects on language and
literacy, yet these portrayals tend to be based on extreme or fictionalised
accounts of text messaging. What kind of language do people really use
when they text.

Drawing on a range of academic sources from various fields, this book
describes the language used in a corpus of over 11,000 text messages, as
yet the largest collection in the UK. In particular, the book shows how the
discourse of text messaging is shaped by users' often creative responses to
the functions and constraints of the medium.

This is an essential book for upper level undergraduates and postgraduates
studying discourse analysis, as well as educators wanting to understand this
important new form of discourse.

'The Discourse of Text Messaging is a pleasure to read. A detailed analysis
of a corpus of text messages reveals how people deploy all the resources of
language - from spellings and punctuation through to grammar and discourse
markers - to create meanings, to construct identities and to generally 'get
things done'. The wide-ranging analyses are clearly explained and engagingly
written about throughout.'David Barton, Professor of Language and Literacy,
Lancaster University, UK

Chapter 1: Situating text messaging: what, who, how and why \ Chapter 2:
Issues in Collecting Data \ Chapter 3: Respellings in Text Messaging \
Chapter 4: The Grammar of Text Messaging \ Chapter 5: Spoken Discourse
Markers in Text Messaging \ Chapter 6: Frequent Words and Phrases in Text
Messaging \ Chapter 7: Everyday Creativity in Text Messaging \ Chapter 8:
Performing Identity through Text Messaging \ Chapter 9: Text messaging in
the World: the State of the Art and its Future \ Bibliography \ Index

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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http://linguistlist.org/pubs/books/get-book.cfm?BookID=60772


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