Discourse of Twitter and Social Media: How We Use Language to Create Affiliation on the Web

Discourse of Twitter and Social Media: How We Use Language to Create Affiliation on the Web

by Michele Zappavigna

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Social media such as microblogging services and social networking sites are changing the way people interact online and search for information and opinions. This book investigates linguistic patterns in electronic discourse,looking at online evaluative language, Internet slang, memes and ambient affiliation using a large Twitter corpus (over 100 million tweets) alongside specialized case studies. The author argues that we are currently witnessing a cultural movement from online conversation to what can be termed 'searchable talk' - online talk where people affiliate by making their discourse findable (for example, via metadata such as Twitter hashtags) by others holding similar interests. This cutting edge text will be of interest to all scholars and students dealing with electronically mediated discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441138712
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 02/23/2012
Series: Continuum Discourse
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 817,537
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Michele Zappavigna is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Michele Zappavigna is Senior Lecturer in the
School of the Arts&Media at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

Preface (by Professor Jim Martin)
1. Introduction: Social Media and the Cultural Movement Toward 'Searchable Talk'
2. Social Media as Corpora
3. Evaluative Language Online
4. Internet Slang
5. Internet Memes
6. Internet Humour and Fail: "The world is full of #fail tonight"
7. Online Political Discourse
8. Ambient Affiliation
9. Conclusion: Social Media and Internet Linguistics

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