Exploring Digital Communication: language in action

Tagg, Caroline (2015). Exploring Digital Communication: language in action. Abingdon: Routledge.

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Abstract

This book discusses real world concerns and challenges pertaining to digital communication, and explores how linguistic research addresses these issues as well as the implications for understanding language in action. The book is divided into two main themes. The first theme, Digital language and literacy, looks broadly at popular concerns about language change and the implications for literacy in the digital era. It outlines and addresses fears about spelling and grammar, and discusses the way the internet is changing practices of reading and writing, as well exploring as the role that the internet plays in furthering the global dominance of one particular language, English. The second theme, Social issues and social media, investigates the role that online language plays in society and how language-related research can be pivotal in understanding and addressing perceived social problems relating to digital communication. In this section, we look at identity and privacy online, as well as the impact of social media on communicative behaviour in general and the problem of online aggression. These issues are explored through the latest applied linguistics research and interpreted in the light of contemporary theories of language use.

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