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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

This volume aims to represent the breadth and depth of current linguistic research of predominantly young linguists and thus to produce a snapshot of topical linguistic issues and trends. Therefore, it presents papers from systemic linguistics next to ones on text linguistics, sociolinguistics and the didactics of language. The volume is based on talks given at the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale. The book contains 14 contributions in English, and three in German.
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The Textual Functions of Personal Weblogs. Stability, Diversity, and Change


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Textual Functions of Personal Weblogs Stability, Diversity, and Change

Peter Schildhauer


This paper aims to contribute to the research question of why people blog with a special focus on the specific Weblog genre Personal Weblog. A diachronic point of view is taken in order to reflect the fact that the Personal Weblog has a tradition of 15 years on the World Wide Web.

In this study, mainly functionally determined ethno-categories are analysed. As these ethno-categories are also specified on the levels of structure and context, they are characterised as micro-genres of Weblog content.

The paper offers a description of three core functions of the Personal Weblog with a particular emphasis on their prototypical nature. The diachronic perspective yields insights into tendencies of stability and change of the Personal Weblog’s diverse functional set.

1. Introduction

Weblogs as “frequently updated pages in which dated entries are listed in reverse chronological sequence” (Herring et al. 2005: 142) look back at a tradition of roughly 15 years on the World Wide Web. Even though some bloggers claim that Tim Berners-Lee’s What’s New-page from 1993 was the first Weblog (e.g. Winer 2001), the term was only coined in 1998 by Jorn Barger (Rosenberg 2009: 78-79) and henceforth applied to the websites kept by authors who considered themselves to be part of the Weblog-community. Naturally, the community tried to define itself with respect to what their websites had...

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