"In this book, Richard Kern explores how technology matters to language and the ways in which we use it. Kern reveals how material, social and individual resources interact in the design of textual meaning, and how that interaction plays out across contexts of communication, different situations of technological mediation, and different moments in time."
While linguistics traditionally focused on a language use oriented towards the written norm, this book emphasizes the interactional use of language. On a theoretical and empirical basis, the author develops linguistic concepts to analyze both spoken and written interactional language. By illustrating the relevance of syntactic structures of interactional language, the book also contributes to areas of applied linguistics, such as grammar writing and German as a second language.