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Manual of Romance Languages in the Media

Ed. by Bedijs, Kristina / Maaß, Christiane

Series:Manuals of Romance Linguistics 23

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5. Online Text Types

Wenz, Kathrin


Online text types are of particular interest for text linguistics due to the option to analyze developing discourse traditions and emerging text types and genres. First, this can be observed in formulated guidelines, the netiquette. Second, applying text linguistic theories established before the creation of the world-spanning net of web pages to analyze online text types helps to describe their key characteristics, i.e., hypertextuality, interactivity, fluidity, and multimodality. At the same time, emerging boundaries of these theories are discussed and new approaches presented, for instance the importance to extend text linguistics to include multimodal and typographic aspects or the notion of shortness. Third, it is shown that an increased fragmentation of written texts and the dissolving frontiers between text types require new classifications. One possible option lies in analyzing text genres instead of the broader categories of text types.

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Kathrin Wenz (2017). 5. Online Text Types. In Kristina Bedijs, Christiane Maaß (Eds.), Manual of Romance Languages in the Media (pp. 94–109). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110314755-006

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110314755

Online ISBN: 9783110314755

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