The Texture of Internet: Netlinguistics in Progress

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Internet and Information and Communication Technologies represent the largest network of human online communication ever. Language is the material that enables communication to flow in this ever-growing digital world of emails, webs, blogs and SMS messages. And language, as always, transforms itself to meet the rapid demands of this virtual universe. As a result, a myriad of changes have occurred and are continuously occurring in the language of Internet users. The Texture of Internet explores the latest linguistic issues regarding these language transformations focusing on texting, email writing, website texture, new digital genres such as blogs, and the potential applications of Internet to specific linguistic professional settings (e.g. translation, linguistic research or language teaching). This book will become a key reference for anyone interested in unveiling the intricacies of language use in our technological environment. Santiago Posteguillo, María José Esteve, and Lluïsa Gea-Valor have compiled an excellent set of contributions from Spain, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong on the analysis of language use in Internet and Information and Communication Technologies. They all are researchers and teachers of Languages for Specific Purposes and Linguistics at Universitat Jaume I in Castelló, Spain. Their experience in Internet language analysis has produced a most valuable volume on the matter.

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Santiago Posteguillo is senior lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the Universitat Jaume I, Castelló, Spain. He is also president of the European Association of Languages for Specific Purposes, and a member of the Editorial Board of the international journals English for Specific Purposes and Written Communication. His latest publications include Netlinguistics: Language, Discourse and Ideology in Internet (2003) and the recent Spanish Computing Dictionary: English-Spanish, Spanish-English (2004). María José Esteve is assistant lecturer at the Universitat Jaume I, where she teaches English Language and Literature, and English for Specific Purposes. Her research involves scientific language, especially from a historical perspective, and corpus linguistics. She is co-editor of the recently published volume Teaching and Learning the English Language from a Discourse Perspective (2005). Maria Lluïsa Gea Valor lectures in English Language and English for Specific Purposes at the same university. Her research interests lie in the field of genre analysis, especially academic and digital genres, and also evaluative discourse. She is the author of A Pragmatic Approach to Politeness and Modality in the Book Review (2000). Dr. Posteguillo, Dr. Esteve and Dr. Gea have organised the two International Conferences on Internet and Language, held at the Universitat Jaume I in 2003 and 2005. They have recently edited the volume entitled Language @ Work: Language Learning, Discourse and Translation Studies in Internet. They are all members of the Institut interUniversitari de Llengües Modernes Aplicades (IULMA) and of the European Association of Languages for Specific Purposes (AELFE).

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