Proceedings of the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale
Edited By Anne Ammermann, Alexander Brock, Jana Pflaeging and Peter Schildhauer
On the Corruption of Text Types. The Cases of Comedy and Readers’ Commentaries in Online Newspapers
This paper is about mechanisms of text type change. The term corruption is borrowed from lexical semantics/morphology and modified to describe the production of highly peripheral members of a prototypically organised set of texts. Examples are given for the deliberate corruption of text types in the context of TV comedy, and for the possibly accidental corruption of the patterns of readers' commentaries in online newspapers. If corruptions accumulate over time and are gradually naturalised in the communicative process, they may lead to different evaluations of the acceptability of products and consequently to text type change.