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Analyzing Digital Discourses

Between Convergence and Controversy

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Combines mainstream academic approaches with novel communicative situations, theories and methods

  • Addresses communicative practices involving code-switching, multilingual repertoires and intercultural differences

  • Explores social media channels including YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Tumblr, Jodel, and TripAdvisor

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Practices of Convergence and Controversy in Digital Discourses

    • Marjut Johansson, Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen, Jan Chovanec
    Pages 1-24
  3. Practices of Controversy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 245-245
    2. Online Petition as an Echo Chamber

      • Ana-Maria Cozma, Lotta Lehti
      Pages 333-363
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 365-374

About this book

‘Analysing Digital Discourse: Between Convergence and Controversy is an exciting and thought-provoking collection of papers, which addresses crucial dimensions of contemporary digital discourse. The volume is expertly framed by its editors as centering around three key themes: online cooperation and convergence, metapragmatic negotiations, and digital practices related to conflict and controversy. An excellent resource for students and scholars interested in the latest research on technologically-mediated communication.’

Camilla Vásquez, University of South Florida, USA


This book contributes to the scholarly debate on the forms and patterns of interaction and discourse in modern digital communication by probing some of the social functions that online communication has for its users. An array of experts and scholars in the field address a range of forms of social interaction and discourses expressed by users on social networks and in public media. Social functions are reflected through linguistic and discursive practices that are either those of ‘convergence’ or ‘controversy’ in terms of how the discourse participants handle interpersonal relations or how they construct meanings in discourses. In this sense, the book elaborates on some very central concerns in the area of digital discourse analysis that have been reported within the last decade from various methodological perspectives ranging from sociolinguistics and pragmatics to corpus linguistics. This edited collection will be of particular interest to scholars and students in the fields of digital discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, social media and communication, and media and cultural studies.  

Marjut Johansson is Professor of French Studies in the School of Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Turku, Finland.

Jan Chovanec is Associate Professor in the Department of English and American Studies at Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen is Associate Professor in Applied English Linguistics in the Department of Languages at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Keywords

  • digital interaction
  • social media
  • computer-mediated communication
  • code-switching
  • multilingual repertoires
  • intercultural differences
  • social functions
  • online communication

Reviews

‘Analysing Digital Discourse: Between Convergence and Controversy is an exciting and thought-provoking collection of papers, which addresses crucial dimensions of contemporary digital discourse. The volume is expertly framed by its editors as centering around three key themes: online cooperation and convergence, metapragmatic negotiations, and digital practices related to conflict and controversy. An excellent resource for students and scholars interested in the latest research on technologically-mediated communication.’

Camilla Vásquez, University of South Florida, USA

This edited collection provides valuable insights on the analysis of digital discourses on a wide range of social media platforms and other digital communication contexts. It draws on an exciting mix of research studies from Twitter and Tumblr, to chatbot 'conversations', and online discussion forums, to name a few. Collectively the chapters explore how convergence, controversy and power are digitally articulated and negotiated in relation to social presence, gender, culture, and language use. This book is of use to those trying to navigate the complex techno-scape of digital discourse.

 —Carey Jewitt, Professor of Learning and Technology, University College London

This volume is a welcome addition to the field of digital discourse analysis. The theoretical framework of ‘convergence’ and ‘controversy’ adopted by the editors creates space for a lively debate among contributors around the different ways digital platforms are simultaneously sites of solidarity and discord. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in how digital technologies are affecting our social relationships.

—Rodney H. Jones, University of Reading, UK

 


Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of French Studies, University of Turku, Turku, Finland

    Marjut Johansson

  • Department of Languages, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen

  • Department of English & American Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

    Jan Chovanec

About the editors

Marjut Johansson is Professor of French Studies in the School of Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Turku, Finland.

Jan Chovanec is Associate Professor in the Department of English and American Studies at Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen is Associate Professor in Applied English Linguistics in the Department of Languages at the University of Helsinki, Finland.


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook
USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-84602-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)