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Spoken and Written Discourse in Online Interactions

A Multimodal Approach

By Maria Grazia Sindoni

Routledge – 2013 – 240 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Multimodality

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    978-0-415-52316-5
    May 21st 2013

Description

Common patterns of interactions are altered in the digital world and new patterns of communication have emerged, challenging previous notions of what communication actually is in the contemporary age. Online configurations of interaction, such as video chats, blogging, and social networking practices demand profound rethinking of the categories of linguistic analysis, given the blurring of traditional distinctions between oral and written discourse in digital texts. This volume reconsiders underlying linguistic and semiotic frameworks of analysis of spoken and written discourse in the light of the new paradigms of online communication, in keeping with a multimodal corpus linguistics theoretical framework.

Typical modes of online interaction encompass speech, writing, gesture, movement, gaze, and social distance. This is nothing new, but here Sindoni asserts that all these modes are integrated in unprecedented ways, enacting new interactional patterns and new systems of interpretation among web users. These "non verbal" modes have been sidelined by mainstream linguistics, whereas accounting for the complexity of new genres and making sense of their educational impact is high on this volume’ s agenda. Sindoni analyzes other new phenomena, ranging from the intimate sphere (i.e. video chats, personal blogs or journals on social networking websites) to the public arena (i.e. global-scale transmission of information and knowledge in public blogs or media-sharing communities), shedding light on the rapidly changing global web scenario.

Reviews

"Sindoni has made a significant contribution to the application of a multimodal approach to understanding the nature of spoken and written discourse in online interactions by developing a new methodology for the collection and analysis of digital, visual and video data in digital environments within social research" - The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language

"Sindoni's volume […] provides a substantial example of how to integrate perpectives that are commonly considered as divergent, with the ultimate goal of studying a complex phenomenon such as digital textuality" - Ilaria Moschini in LEA

Contents

Introduction 1. Spoken and written discourse in the digital age 2. Spontaneous web-based video interactions 3. Writing out into the abyss: polymorphic blogEng 4. Interacting on a global scale. Speech and writing in You Tube comments Conclusions

Author Bio

Maria Grazia Sindoni is Assistant Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Messina, Italy.

Name: Spoken and Written Discourse in Online Interactions: A Multimodal Approach (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Maria Grazia Sindoni. Common patterns of interactions are altered in the digital world and new patterns of communication have emerged, challenging previous notions of what communication actually is in the contemporary age. Online configurations of interaction, such as video...
Categories: Language and Communication, Language and Media, Applied Linguistics, New Media, Cyberculture, Semiotics, Communication Studies, Communication Studies, Corpus Linguistics, Language & Linguistics