Conventions and Mutual Expectations

Understanding Sources for Web Genres
  • Jussi KarlgrenEmail author
Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 42)


A useful starting point for genre analysis is viewing genres as artifacts. Genres are instrumental categories, useful for author and reader alike in forming the understanding of a text and in providing the appropriate intellectual context for information acquired through it. Genre distinctions are observable in terms of whom a text is directed to, how it is put together, made up, and presented.


Genre formation Functional genre Convention Questionnaire Log analysis 



The author of this paper gratefully acknowledges the help of Jan Pedersen, ConnieAlice Hungate, and Adrienne DeiRossi at Yahoo!, of Viggo Kann, Leif Dahlberg, and Oscar Sundbom at KTH for recruiting informants, and of course the generous contribution of the participants in the questionnaire studies. Thank you! Part of this research was conducted while visiting Yahoo! Research in Barcelona.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS)StockholmSweden

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