1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Digital Communication

Edited By Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Tereza Spilioti Copyright 2016
    448 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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




    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.

    '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