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Title: The Development of Controversies
Subtitle: From the Early Modern Period to Online Discussion Forums
Written By: Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication, Band 91.

Has the internet changed the nature of conducting controversies? This
question cannot be answered easily as different forms of human interaction
in an online environment exist and controversies in an online environment
have not been analyzed from a linguistic point of view so far. On the other
hand, there are many linguistic analyses of controversies in the Early
Modern Period. First, this volume describes the communicative background of
two online discussion forums dedicated to the study of historical arms and
armor. Then, the volume analyzes the similarities and differences between
Early Modern controversies and controversies in online internet discussion
forums. Further, this book offers an accurate analysis of the strategies
used in online discussion forums, analyzing two controversial threads taken
from two online discussion forums and provides insights into the individual
tactics and strategies applied in online controversies and highlights the
similarities and differences of applied principles, norms, and rules. The
book finally comments on stylistic choices used by participants in the


Socio-cultural context of the forums - Conflicts and controversies in
theory and practice - The République des Lettres and Pamphlets -
Communication principles from Early Modern Controversies to Electronic
communication - Individual moves and strategies: From the République des
Lettres to online discussion forums - Individual moves and strategies in
online discussion forums - Stylistic choices in controversies.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783039117116
Pages: 318
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