Email Hoaxes

Form, function, genre ecology

ORCID logoTheresa Heyd | Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf
ISBN 9789027254184 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027290533 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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How genres emerge and evolve on the Internet has become one of the central questions in studies of computer-mediated communication (CMC). This book addresses the issue of genrefication by giving an in-depth analysis of email hoaxes as a candidate for digital genre status. Email hoaxes are deceptive messages that spread in digital social networks; they are a fascinating object for discourse linguistics as they exemplify a major pragmatic tendency in CMC, namely deceptivity and a lowering of sincerity standards. This study examines formal and functional aspects of email hoaxes and provides ample evidence both from a systematized corpus and in situ data collected online. Besides a structural and microlinguistic analysis, it identifies key issues such as pragmatic duality, narrativity and textual variation and change in email hoaxes. In conclusion, a digital genre model is outlined that bridges both the old/new and the formal/functional gaps and may be applied to many other digital genre ecologies.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 174] 2008.  vii, 239 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The book represents a useful addition to existing studies on online discourse, especially email and related asynchronous phenomena.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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