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Language, Creativity and Humour Online

1st Edition

By Camilla Vásquez


190 pages | 146 B/W Illus.

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Language, Creativity and Humour Online offers new insights into the creative linguistic practices found in diverse digital contexts, such as social media platforms. It introduces new digital genres and contexts, expanding existing research on computer mediated communication (CMC) and covering key concepts in research on linguistic creativity. The book presents original linguistic analyses of a variety of digital genres, including:

• Novelty Twitter accounts and political humour

• Tumblr Chats

• Amazon review parodies.

This timely book uncovers the linguistic and interactional mechanisms underlying various types of creative, playful, and humorous texts online. It is essential reading for students and researchers working in the areas of language and media, and language and communication.


"Not only does this book address an important aspect of digital communication, but it is also one of the clearest and most comprehensive accounts of linguistic creativity from a discourse analytical point of view I have ever read. Suitable for both students and seasoned scholars, it will be an indispensable addition to the bookshelf of anyone who studies the internet."

Rodney Jones, University of Reading, UK

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Research on Linguistic Creativity Online

Chapter 3: Novelty Twitter Accounts

Chapter 4: Tumblr Chats

Chapter 5: Amazon Review Parodies

Chapter 6: Conclusions


About the Author/Editors

Camilla Vásquez is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of South Florida (USF), USA.

About the Series

Language and Digital Media

Language and the study of it are changing rapidly in the age of digital media; our use of language is gradually shaped by and is in turn shaping new media. Exploring the interplay between digital media and language in society and covering a broad selection of research contexts, books in Language and Digital Media investigate both language online and people’s practices around it, including how they create and how they use online texts. Each title includes both an overview discussion of the topic as well as analysis of data. Presenting rigorous research, yet written in an engaging and accessible manner, the series is key reading for students and researchers across language, linguistics, communication and media studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General