Discourse of Blogs and Wikis

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Overview

Blogs and Wikis have not been with us for long, but have made a huge impact on society. Wikipedia is the best known exemplar of the wiki, a collaborative site that leads to a single text claimed by no-one; blogs, or web-logs, have exploded into the mainstream through novelisations, film adaptations and have gathered huge followings. Blogs and wikis also serve to provide a coherent basis for a discourse analysis of specific web language.

What makes these forms distinctive as genres, and what ramifications does the technology have on the language? Myers looks at how blogs and wikis:
*allow for easier than ever publication
*can claim to challenge institutional hierarchies
*provide alternate perspectives on events
*exemplify globalization
*challenge demarcations between the personal and the public
*construct new communities and more

Drawing on a wide range of popular blogs and wikis, the book works alongside an author blog that contains regularly updated links, references and a glossary. An essential textbook for upper level undergraduates on linguistics and language studies courses, it elucidates, informs and offers insights into a major new type of discourse. This coursebook will include a companion website.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847064141
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication date: 1/11/2010
  • Series: Bloomsbury Discourse Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Myers is Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Lancaster University, UK. Visit his blog: The Language of Blogs [

http://thelanguageofblogs.typepad.com/]

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Introduction: A linguist in the blogosphere 1

Chapter 2 Genre: What is a blog? What is a wiki? 15

Chapter 3 This text and other texts: Creative linking 28

Chapter 4 Place: Where is a blog? 48

Chapter 5 Time: Now and then 65

Chapter 6 Audiences: A checklist on engaging readers 77

Chapter 7 Opinions: Where do I stand? 95

Chapter 8 Evidence: How do we know? 114

Chapter 9 Collaboration: 'History' pages on Wikipedia 129

Chapter 10 Arguing: 'Talk' pages on Wikipedia 145

A note on studying the language of blogs and wikis 160

Glossary 164

Blog addresses 169

References 171

Index 177

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