SMS Communication

A linguistic approach

Louise-Amélie Cougnon | Catholic University of Louvain
Cédrick Fairon | Catholic University of Louvain
ISBN 9789027202802 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027270306 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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The media often point an accusatory finger at new technologies; they suggest that there is always a loss of information or quality, or even that computer-mediated communication is destroying language. Most linguists, on the contrary, are firmly convinced that it is better to consider language as an evolving and changing entity. From this point of view, language is a social tool that has to be studied in-depth through the prism of objectivity, as a process in motion which is influenced by new social and technological stakes, rather than as a fading organism. In this volume we study and describe the societal phenomenon of SMS writing in its full complexity. The aim of this volume is threefold: to present recent linguistic research in the field of SMS communication; to inform the reader about existing large SMS corpora and processing tools and, finally, to display the many linguistic aspects that can be studied via a corpus of text messages.

These articles were previously published in Lingvisticae Investigationes Vol. 35:2 (2012).

[Benjamins Current Topics, 61] 2014.  viii, 267 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[T]he pieces in this collection come together to create a sense of urgency for studying SMS Communication as it is evolving. In a veritable call to action, David Crystal's introduction sums up the essence of this volume perfectly: that witnessing SMS Communication emerge is a time-sensitive opportunity that researchers must take advantage of. This collection is a first step towards documenting and analyzing this language form as it is changing.”

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014004754