LINGUIST List 23.2810

Fri Jun 22 2012

Books: Discourse of Text Messaging: Tagg

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Date: 22-Jun-2012
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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

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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

Understanding the discourse of text messaging has profound implications forsociety. SMS text messaging has impacted considerably on how wecommunicate with others. Negative, sometimes alarmist media coveragecontinues to fuel debate surrounding its 'damaging' effects on language andliteracy, yet these portrayals tend to be based on extreme or fictionalisedaccounts of text messaging. What kind of language do people really usewhen they text.

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

This is an essential book for upper level undergraduates and postgraduatesstudying discourse analysis, as well as educators wanting to understand thisimportant new form of discourse.

'The Discourse of Text Messaging is a pleasure to read. A detailed analysisof a corpus of text messages reveals how people deploy all the resources oflanguage - from spellings and punctuation through to grammar and discoursemarkers - to create meanings, to construct identities and to generally 'getthings done'. The wide-ranging analyses are clearly explained and engaginglywritten 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 DiscourseMarkers in Text Messaging \ Chapter 6: Frequent Words and Phrases in TextMessaging \ Chapter 7: Everyday Creativity in Text Messaging \ Chapter 8:Performing Identity through Text Messaging \ Chapter 9: Text messaging inthe World: the State of the Art and its Future \ Bibliography \ Index

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Written In: English (eng)

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