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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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8. Orality and Literacy of Telephony and SMS

Cougnon, Louise-Amélie / Bouraoui, Jean-Léon


Interpersonal communication has recently experienced an evolution, if not a mutation, through telephony. By providing a communication tool in every household, telephone-mediated communication (TMC) enabled long distance communication between individuals. It subsequently evolved into a mobile tool: while the preexisting mediated distant exchange typical of telephony was kept intact, the reachability of individuals increased. TMC was restricted to oral communication until it offered a new written service in the form of text messaging. From that moment on, the exchange became asynchronous. This chapter exposes the features of two main telephone functions, (mobile) calls and texting, and highlights each function’s properties from a linguistic point of view, taking into account the evolution of the object “telephone”. Then, this article looks into the question of orality and literacy which remains a highly controversial issue and proposes to overcome the traditional dichotomy.

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Louise-Amélie Cougnon, Jean-Léon Bouraoui (2017). 8. Orality and Literacy of Telephony and SMS. In Kristina Bedijs, Christiane Maaß (Eds.), Manual of Romance Languages in the Media (pp. 154–175). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110314755-009

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

Online ISBN: 9783110314755

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