Altre Modernità

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Даты: 15.01.17 — 15.01.17

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A special issue of Altre Modernità, edited by Prof. Massimiliano Demata (University of Bari, Italy), Prof. Dermot Heaney (University of Milan, Italy), and Prof. Susan C. Herring (Indiana University)

Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) is an increasingly important area in linguistics. The groundbreaking work in new media discourse of Jannis Androutsopoulos, Naomi Baron, Susan Herring and Crispin Thurlow has shown that the new avenues of communication opened up by the internet demand a reassessment of the approaches traditionally used in language and discourse analysis. In particular, social media, for example Social networking sites (SNSs), with their user-generated content, are an expanding domain of research which linguists from various branches, including discourse analysts, are increasingly using for data collection and analysis.

In debates about the nature of CMC, the claim is often made that the Internet represents a new public sphere, in the meaning given to it by Habermas, that is, ''a society engaged in critical public debate.'' Indeed, besides their obvious function as instrument for private, individual communication, social media are nowadays routinely used for public communication and debate in all fields. In particular, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Tumblr and other platforms based on user-generated content have become necessary instruments for spreading information and holding discussion on the most disparate subjects, and it is quite clear that the impact of the discourses elaborated by the social media in the public sphere has superseded that of traditional media.

Language use itself is developing in new ways mainly due to the specific technological features associated with the production of texts within social media. This new modality has generated a variety of new forms or has adapted old styles: synchronous and asynchronous chats on online public messaging platforms, Facebook ''statuses'', ''tweets'' as well as comments and discussions on Youtube encompass a wide variety of text genres and a mix of new and old linguistic and paralinguistic features of writing which are pushing the critical boundaries of traditional categories in textual and discourse analysis.

This issue of Altre Modernità aims at bringing together new research on the language of social media. Traditional approaches to language analysis should be extended, adapted or even revised to account for the huge variety of texts and genres produced within the new (and ever-evolving) modalities of social media. Accordingly, we welcome papers focusing on the uses of English in social media, employing and extending a variety of perspectives in language analysis of new media, including, but without being limited to, Functional Grammar, Pragmatics, Genre Theory, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis and Multimodality. Contributions may address how discourses of economy, politics, science, or contemporary political issues are represented in social media.

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