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Digital Literacies

1st Edition

By Julia Gillen


190 pages

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With our increasing use of digital and online media, the way we interact with these forms of communication is having an enormous impact on our literacy and learning.

In Digital Literacies, Julia Gillen argues that to a substantial extent Linguistics has failed to rise to the opportunities presented by studying language in digital contexts. Assuming no existing knowledge, and drawing from a wide range of research projects, she presents a range of approaches to the study of writing and reading language online.

Challenging some of the existing concepts, Digital Literacies traces key ideas through both the history of literacy studies and contemporary approaches to language online, including linguistic ethnography and corpus linguistics. Examples, taken from real life studies, include the use of digital technologies in everyday life, online teenage communities and professional use of Twitter in journalism. Within each chapter, the relevant research methods used are explored and then tied to the theory underpinning them.

This book is an innovative and essential read for all those studying and researching applied linguistics, particularly in the areas of literacy and multimodality, at an upper undergraduate and postgraduate level. The title will also be of interest to those working with new media in the fields of Media and Communication Studies, Cultural Psychology, and Education.


‘In this beautifully written book, Julia Gillen offers the field of Linguistics a range of approaches to the study of writing and reading language online. Advanced and at the same time easy to follow I can strongly recommend this book to undergraduate and graduate students, colleagues, and everyone else who wants to understand more about how digital and online media interact with literacy and learning. Enjoy!’

Ingeborg Hognestad Krange, University of Oslo, Norway

Table of Contents

1."No need to build caves," – Digital literacies: an introduction 2. "Linguistics is a discipline with its own history," - Language, linguistics and digital literacies 3. "Different people understand different aspects of it, but nobody knows it all," - An autoethnographic approach 4. "Hello" - A dialogical approach to researching learning by new users of communications technologies 5. "SPbT whispers: Unsquishing Rowan SParker," - Approaches to the discourses of Schome Park 6. "I fall in and out of love with Twitter," - A case study of the development of Twitter in a professional, public media ecology: Jonathan Agnew and cricket 7. "Knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the whole world," –Conclusions

About the Author

Julia Gillen is Director of the Literacy Research Centre and Senior Lecturer in Digital Literacies at Lancaster University, UK. She is co-editor of Virtual Literacies (Routledge, 2013).

About the Series


This series showcases innovative research and scholarship in the field of Literacy Studies.

Literacy practices are changing rapidly in contemporary society in response to broad social, economic and technological changes: in education, the workplace, the media and in everyday life. The Literacies series reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research into reading and writing. The series aims to publish studies which consider literacy as a social practice. Work in this field has been developed and drawn together to provide books that are accessible, interdisciplinary and international in scope, covering a wide range of social and institutional contexts.  

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