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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Digital Communication

1st Edition

Edited by Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Tereza Spilioti


434 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Digital Communication provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of language-focused research on digital communication, taking stock and registering the latest trends that set the agenda for future developments in this thriving and fast-moving field. The contributors are all leading figures or established authorities in their areas, covering a wide range of topics and concerns in the following seven sections:

• Methods and perspectives

• Language resources, genres, and discourses

• Digital literacies

• Digital communication in public

• Digital selves and online–offline lives

• Communities, networks, relationships

• New debates and further directions.

This volume showcases critical syntheses of the established literature on key topics and issues and, at the same time, reflects upon and engages with cutting-edge research and new directions for study (as emerging within social media). A wide range of languages is represented, from Japanese, Greek, German, and Scandinavian languages, to computer-mediated Arabic, Chinese, and African languages.

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Digital Communication is an essential resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers within English language and linguistics, applied linguistics, and media and communication studies.


'This book brings together the insights of an outstanding group of researchers in the area of digital communication, drawn from a range of linguistic fields. The approaches surveyed range from network analysis, and digital ethnography, to multimodal discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. It is key reading for anyone aiming to understand digital cultures and computer-mediated communication.' Michele Zappavigna, The University of New South Wales, Australia

'This handbook provides a comprehensive and critical overview of cutting-edge research, drawing on data from many different languages and varied contexts. The collection addresses current trends as well as methodological challenges within the field of computer-mediated communication in linguistics and will provide novices and seasoned scholars with a rich resource for future studies.' Miriam A. Locher, University of Basel, Switzerland

'The Routledge Handbook of Language and Digital Communication showcases critical syntheses of the established literature on key topics and issues, including discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and literary studies…the handbook is a substantial contribution to the burgeoning field of digital communication, which can intrigue and inspire further fruitful research. Readers can surely benefit greatly from this comprehensive collection of research; therefore, I highly recommend it for anyone aiming to understand digital cultures and computer-mediated communication.' - Zsuzsanna Zsubrinszky, Budapest Business School, LINGUIST List

Table of Contents

List of figures



Editors’ Introduction

Section 1. Methods and Perspectives

Approaches to language variation, Lars Hinrichs

Network analysis, John Paolillo

Digital ethnography, Piia Varis

Multimodal analysis, Carey Jewitt


Section 2. Language Resources, Genres, and Discourses

Digital genres and processes of remediation, Theresa Heyd

Style, creativity and play, Yukiko Nishimura

Multilingual resources and practices in digital communication, Carmen Lee

Digital discourses: a critical perspective Tereza Spilioti


Section 3. Digital Literacies

Digital media and literacy development, Michele Knobel & Colin Lankshear

Vernacular literacy: orthography and literacy practices, Josh Iorio

Texting and language learning, Clare Wood, Nenagh Kemp & Sam Waldron


Section 4. Digital Communication in Public

Digital media in workplace interactions, Erika Darics

Digital advertising, Helen Kelly-Holmes

Corporate blogging and corporate social media, Cornelius Puschmann and Rebecca Hagelmoser

Twitter: design, discourse, and the implications of public text, Lauren Squires


Section 5. Digital Selves and Online and Offline Lives

The role of the body and space in digital multimodality, Elizabeth Keating

Second Life: language and virtual identity, Ashraf Abdullah

Online multiplayer games, Lisa Newon

Relationality, friendship & identity in digital communication, Sage Lambert Graham


Section 6. Communities, Networks, Relationships

Online communities and communities of practice, Jo Angouri

Facebook and the discursive construction of the social network, Caroline Tagg & Philip Seargeant

YouTube: language and discourse practices in participatory culture, Jannis Androutsopoulos and Jana Tereick

Translocality, Samu Kytola

Section 7. New Debates and Further Directions

Social reading in a digital world, Naomi Baron

New frontiers in interactive multimodal communication, Susan Herring

Moving between the big and the small: identity and interaction in digital contexts, Ruth Page

Surveillance, Rodney Jones

Choose now! media, literacies, identities, politics Charles Ess


About the Editors

Alexandra Georgakopoulou is Professor of Discourse Analysis and Sociolinguistics, King’s College London.

Tereza Spilioti is Senior Lecturer in Language and Communication at Cardiff University, UK.

Contributors: Ashraf R. Abdullah, Jannis Androutsopoulos, Jo Angouri, Naomi S. Baron, Erika Darics, Charles M. Ess, Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Sage Lambert Graham, Rebecca Hagelmoser, Susan C. Herring, Theresa Heyd, Lars Hinrichs, Josh Iorio, Carey Jewitt, Rodney H. Jones, Elizabeth Keating, Helen Kelly-Holmes, Nenagh Kemp, Michele Knobel, Samu Kytölä, Colin Lankshear, Carmen Lee, Lisa Newon, Yukiko Nishimura, Ruth Page, John C. Paolillo, Cornelius Puschmann, Philip Seargeant, Tereza Spilioti, Lauren Squires, Caroline Tagg, Jana Tereick, Piia Varis, Sam Waldron, Clare Wood.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General