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Title: Email - SMS - MMS
Subtitle: The Linguistic Creativity of Asynchronous Discourse in the New Media Age
Written By: Carmen Frehner
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 58

Are email and SMS forms of writing or speech? This question cannot be
answered easily because their registers are hybrid; they make use of both
orality and literacy. This book offers an accurate placement of emails and
text messages along the written/spoken continuum. Emails and text messages
are also compared to letters and phone calls while a closer comparison of
SMS and telegrams shows how far text messaging can be regarded as a
renaissance of telegrams. Attention is further paid to multimedia messaging
and questions concerning the proportion of image to text, picture
categories as well as MMS dialogues are approached. The book finally
comments on linguistic changes and deals with the German language
community's concern with regard to the increasing use of Anglicisms.


Private email and text messages (SMS): linguistic features of the involved
written but conceptually oral language; syntactic and lexical reductions;
spelling tendencies and rules; emoticons - A comparison between single and
linked SMS as well as between SMS and telegrams - A discussion of Koch and
Oesterreicher's model; email and SMS dialogues; email and text messages
compared to letter mail and telephone conversation; gratification and media
richness theory - MMS: proportion of image to text, picture categories, MMS
dialogues - Linguistic changes: new trends - old features; Anglicisms in
(Swiss-)German emails and text messages.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039114514
ISBN-13: 9783039114511
Pages: 294
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