The public's increasing engagement in Internet communication has generated new academic interest in the effects of technological mediation on language change. The interest has resulted in an expansion of theoretical reflection on language change within a mediated communication reality, a new focus of linguistic research, and specialized forms of historical linguistics. This qualitative and quantitative historical media linguistics volume is focused on the description of multimodal change, stylistic variation, and the transformation of cultural practices and norms, beyond traditional written and oral texts to digital electronic texts of varying types. To address these topics, this volume brings together researchers analyzing a wide variety of communication media - blogs, email, fax, IRC, chat, IM, text messaging (SMS), loveletters, post- and e-cards, telephone, radio, television, and website literacies such as homepage texts, Wikipedia entries and website hypertextuality. The result is a volume that investigates the emergence of newer media, language change in the new media context, and issues related to the connection between newer media and older media. Thus, it offers a unique perspective on the theme of linguistic and cultural change in the context of technological evolutions.
Foreword, Naomi S. Baron. Introduction. TENSIONS BETWEEN NEWER AND OLDER MEDIA. ""Inter-Activity"": How New Media Can Help Us Understand Old Media, Rodney H. Jones. Text-Based Conversations Over Instant Messaging: Linguistic Changes and Young People's Sociability, Anabel Quan-Haase. Just the Same Old Story?: The Linguistics of Text Messaging and its Cultural Repercussions, Alexander T. Bergs. E-Mail Play and Accelerated Change, Charley Rowe. From the Bridal Letter to Online Flirting: Changes in Text Type from the 19th Century to the Internet Era, Eva L. Wyss. From Postcard to E-Card, Tradition and Change in the Smallest Spaces, Hajo Diekmannshenke. History Now: Media Development and Textual Genesis of Wikipedia, Christian Kohl, Wolf-Andreas Liebert, and Thomas Metten. CHANGES IN TRADITIONAL MASS MEDIA, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE. Radio Broadcasting: From Secret to Public to Private. Is Television Language a Spoken Variety?: A Corpus-Based Study of Italian Television, Stefania Spina. Disclosing and Announcing, Interpreting and Entertaining: A Comparative Study of the History of TV News Presentation. EVOLVING NEW MEDIA GENRES. Technologies and Techniques"" the (N)etiquette of Telephone and E-mail Communication, Sharon Millar. Diary 2.0?: A Genre Moves from Page to Screen, Laurie McNeill. Wikis, Wikipedia, and Collaborative TechnologyNew Challenges and Emergent Language Styles, Antonella Elia. The Evolution of Web-site Genres, Eva-Maria Jakobs. About the Contributors. Author Index Subject Index.