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Smartphone Communication
Interactions in the App Ecosystem

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ISBN 9781032060668
September 6, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a unique model for understanding the cognitive underpinnings, interactions and discursive effects of our evolving use of smartphones in everyday app-mediated communication, from text messages and gifs to images, video and social media apps.

Adopting a cyberpragmatics framework, grounded in cognitive pragmatics and relevance theory, it gives attention to how both the particular interfaces of different apps and users’ personal attributes influence the contexts and uses of smartphone communication. The communication of emotions – in addition to primarily linguistic content – is foregrounded as an essential element of the kinds of ever-present paralinguistic and phatic communication that characterizes our exchange of memes, gifs, "likes", and image- and video-based content. Insights from related disciplines such as media studies and sociology are incorporated as the author unpacks the timeliest questions of our digitally mediated age.

Aimed primarily at scholars and graduate students of communication, linguistics, pragmatics, media studies and sociology of mass media, Smartphone Communication traffics in topics that will likewise engage upper-level undergraduate students.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the Smartphone Phenomenon  Part 1: Pragmatics, Cyberpragmatics and Smartphones  2. Relevance Theory, Internet Pragmatics and Cyberpragmatics  3. Contextual Constraints and Non-Propositional Effects  4. Smartphone Communication and App Usability  Part 2: Smartphone-Mediated Discourse and Communication  5. Texting: From Sms to Smartphone Messaging  6. Phone Calls and Video Calls are (Surprisingly) also Enabled  7. New Narratives and Storytelling on the Smartphone  Part 3: Media on the Smartphone  8. Media on the Smartphone: Images  9. Media on the Smartphone: Video and Animation (Gif, Sticker)  Part Iv: The Interplay Between the Physical and the Virtual  10. Live Streaming: The Case of Twitch  11. Location-Based Smartphone Interaction  12. Towards Online-Offline Congruence: Social Networking Apps  13. Concluding Remarks and Future Projections

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Francisco Yus is Full Professor at the University of Alicante, Spain, and guest professor at Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China. He is currently the Head of the Inter-university Research Institute of Applied Modern Languages of the Valencian Community (IULMA) at the University of Alicante, as well as Head of the Research Group Professional and Academic English.